I finished to branches on the right side of the tree and then had the daunting task of cutting the pattern for the "crown" or top of the tree.
I wont lie to you; it took me about 45 minutes to cut this out, and I wasn't even done then! I still had plenty of little fiddly bits to go in and remove. But it wasn't an unpleasant thing to do. I was listening to NPR podcasts and just working away.
And then, suddenly, as if by magic, I had the fabric piece cut out and the tree was finished.
Just kidding. That took a long time, too.
Then I ran into a problem.
Without thinking about the consequences, I fused every branch all the way down to the pattern. I could have just fused the branch to the trunk, but I just had to see how close I was to the original drawing. And then, when it came time to transfer the fabric to the quilt, it frayed as I was pulling it up from the backing paper. I had to go REAL SLOW, and then I had to trim some of the frayed bits away. Live and learn.
But all is well that ends well. And now I just have to put a back on it and quilt it.
I had a fuzzy intention of making a quilt every month, but now I have two quilt tops that are unfinished and I think I will readjust my goal and try to finish both by the end of this month.
My cousin Celeste asked a question in yesterday's post:
What kind of fabric are you using for the sun rays that makes it appear transparent? I love that effect.
I am using all hand-dyed fabrics by Melody Johnson, of course. These are getting to be in short supply, so I will be making my own very soon. But it's merely a matter of using lighter values that gives the look of transparency.