Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tree of Life project is done!

As you can see I haven't been posting any Take a Stitch Tuesday for 6 weeks.  I had to finish my Tree of Life project that was for a crazy quilting contest on Evening Star Designs.  It was to be finished by September 15th.  Well, I did it. But I couldn't have finished it without stopping TAST 2012 for awhile. But I used a number of the stitches from TAST in this quilt.

Here are some pictures of what I did:

This project is 20 inches by 24 inches.  It is mounted on foam core (I used Allison Aller's book as a reference for this).

I used my own design for the four crazy quilt blocks that I put together. The fabric around the blocks was dyed by me.  I also designed the tree that I embroidered on the blocks.

But I pretty much let the rest of the process just come together as I embellished the blocks.  I decided to keep the embellishments mostly the same color as the pieces of fabric that I used because the colors were already so vibrant. I didn't want to cover up the colors of the fabric, but I still wanted to embellish them so that they had a lot of texture.

I used lots of threads for this project (silk, rayon, wool, cotton--flat, perle, ribbon, etc.)

I used some buttons and hundreds of beads, spangles, and crystals.  It really sparkles in the light.  

I also made my own leaves using wool fabric, embroidery, and beads.  Then I attached them with more beads.

I encountered a number of problems.  Some of these I was able to fix.  Some I just have to live with.  Over all it was a great learning experience for me.

Now I can start doing TAST again!!!


  1. What you made is so wonderful - it is a sheer beauty and I could look at it over and over again.

  2. What a stunning tree!!! I agree with Anneliese, this is a picture one can look at for ever and find new things all the time. It was clever of you to keep the stitches in the same colour as the fabric; it gives everything a very rich and encrusted look. I think this is a very attractive way of using the crazy quilt technique. Bravo!

  3. Gorgeous . I like your Tree of life