Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tree of Life Progress

 Here is the drawing...
...above is what I have done so far. Now I can't decide if I want the circle of darker green and the leaves. I think the circle really frames the tree, so that will go in, but the leaves are still a question. The fabric for the leaves and the frame is not a solid, it is a darker green batik, you can see it to the left.  Do you think I should make it more solid?

I decided to use a stop watch to get some idea of how long the knots take to pin and sew. I wasn't exact (because I forgot a couple of times to start or stop it), but the one knot next to "be" took approximately 1 1/2 hours to pin and sew. I guess there's a lot of time in this one.

All of the knot work in the branches and roots are sewn now. The letters are fused and top stitched down. That was pretty easy. I'm going to try to get more of the knots done. I think I'll do the top ones next. They're smaller than the others because the letters are larger.

4 comments:

Rebecca said...

go with the one you are showing in the picture ...it helps create a feeling of light on leaves... lovely design
Becky (central Oregon)

Erin in MI said...

I love what you've done so far. I think the word border is awesome. I'm not sure the green is right for the circle, though. I was wondering about contrast between the brown of the tree and the green circle. Will there be enough contrast?? Just a thought..

Allie said...

I like the dark green batik, I think it'll be fine. And I do like the leaves in the original drawing...they just add that extra something. I am so amazed at this quilt Mary, I can't even tell you. Absolutely award-winning. You take my breath away!

Wynn_Anne Sibbald said...

I vote yes for both the dark green circle, for exactly the reason you give (it frames the tree) and for the leaves (they give it life). Such an exquisite work of love.

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