This was my first layout of the circles on the white background.
Now, I did like it but I didn't love it so I decided to see how it would look with a triangle of green felt for the tree. I cut the felt with my rotary pinking cutter to make the edges wavy.
So much better. I appliquéd the circles to the felt (by machine). I used thread to match each circle as I didn't want the appliqué stitches to be too eye-catching.
I liked the way it looked on the back of the tree!
I sewed the felt tree in place and appliquéd the star and tree pot on to the white background then pinned it ready for quilting.
I quilted around the tree, pot and star and then sewed another couple of rows down one side of the tree but I didn't like them. I thought it was going to make the whole thing too busy looking so I ripped them out and just left the single row of quilting. I gave the hanging a good press to take out the marks of all those safety pins.
I noticed that the star was a bit squint before I appliquéd it on but decided to leave it like that. I like it!
I made some binding and sewed it on to the front by machine and on to the back by hand.
Lastly, I sewed a couple of rings on at each side at the top of the hanging.
And here it is in all its glory. I love it! I can't wait for December to get here so I can hang it on the wall!
Finished size: 25" high by 24" wide
Felt tree measures 16" across the bottom and the perpendicular height is 16"
Circles: 2 x 5" diameter, 4 x 3" diameter, 5 x 2" diameter, 6 x 1¼" diameter
Star measures approx 3" from one leg across to the other, height from point to "crotch" of star is approx 2¼".
Pot measures 3¾" along the top, 2½" along the bottom with a height of 3¼".
Background & backing fabrics: white curtain lining (Why pay £13.50/m for white quilting cotton when I can go down to the curtain fabric department and pay £3.50/m for white cotton curtain lining which has the same weight and feel of the dearer stuff?)
Wadding: curtain interlining. (I *hate* using polyester wadding - awful stuff!! Curtain lining is polyester too but you can iron it and it doesn't go hard like polyester wadding can.)