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Festival of Trees information post

Hi everyone! Thanks for picking up your Festival of Trees fabric today if you were on the list. I had two people that said they emailed me that I did not hear from and a couple of people that wanted to join after the emails took place. If either applies to you I will give you all the info you need to join in with some of your own scraps, so have no fear.

The first thing I need to mention is the DUE DATE! I forgot that today, please forgive me. I need your block at the next meeting please, which is Sept 7th.

Here is a picture of Sara's quilt which is the general idea that we are going for here. Just keep that in mind when you are making your block. Some of the trees are a single solid piece of green, some are patchwork etc. Have fun with it! Just please stick to the color guidelines listed below for a fully cohesive quilt.


This photo below is a photo of the contents of one of the quilt kits picked up. Some of the fabrics vary. We have a total of ten different background fabrics, 6 different tree fabrics, and 3 different trunk colors. If you did not pick up a kit and want to make your own block please just stick with a white/off white/light cream background that should be tonal or have a small amount of grey/black elements in it, a nice modern low volume. The greens are a mix of Christmas tree green and a bit darker green with touches of gold or white in them. Any brown for the trunk is fine as long as it reads brown. 


We will be following the wonderful tutorial on Wombat Quilts blog HERE . She has great photos and a step by step of how to make this block. I would love for your blocks to be anywhere from tiny to 12 inches. We definitely need lots of different sizes for the best achieved improv look so feel free to go crazy and make odd sizes. I may need to trim some down later or make some bigger but adding extra background strips here and there. The block does not (and is probably best if it is not) need to be square. The only thing you need to be aware of is keeping your tree at least 1/4" from any edge so that it does not get eaten in a seam allowance. 

The best part is that the rest is up to you! Here are a few improv Christmas tree blocks to just give you an idea of what you can do with yours. 

http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/2013/09/paper-pieced-improv-trees.html?m=1


http://quiltmaybe.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/improv-trees.html?m=1

http://www.sewhappy.me/quilts/christmas-projects/

https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Ffarm7.static.flickr.com%2F6116%2F6332181579_c5b6f7f57c_o.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dontcallmebetsy.com%2F2011_11_01_archive.html&docid=mOG-yRPDZUFRqM&tbnid=_PN7Jl34aIizpM%3A&w=3264&h=2448&bih=725&biw=1536&ved=0ahUKEwibr6narqbOAhUKPCYKHUvUDwQQMwiAAShXMFc&iact=mrc&uact=8

You can find a bunch of cute google images HERE . If you want more than one tree in your single block I am fine with that as well. Just you the basic technique of the tutorial and the colors shown and we are good to go. Be creative, have fun!

I am really looking forward to seeing what every one else does!

Tanyia

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