I can't believe I am down to the home stretch on completing the 2015 Aurifil Designer BOM mini quilts. Only one more after this one, but maybe we should talk about this one first, right? The November mini Timber was designed by Bonnie Christine (read Pat Sloan's interview with Bonnie here). It would involve more improv piecing (remember my fear with Indigo Crossing?) and applique...are you kidding??? Oh, wait I crossed the applique bridge with Grown Up, so I felt like this one would be a piece of cake. And I was right, so much fun!
Once again I would pull out that large tub of scraps I like to call my Scraptastic Award and start to randomly piece scraps together.
I kept each tree near so I could tell when my blocks where big enough to cover them.
After the first little tree was cut out, I tried it against the solid tan background fabric.
Perfect. It didn't take long and I had three happy little trees adhered to the tan background and all basted up.
I had decided that my quilting would be simple with this one. Bonnie's mini was quilted with straight lines and I loved the look of those simple lines. I chose to go the same root, but used curvy lines instead. It kind of reminded me of the lines in tree bark. My choice of thread was Aurifil #5011 a lovely tan that matched the background fabric perfectly.
Since I knew my lines of quilting would be close together, and this was a mini and wouldn't be washed much, I elected to not applique stitch around my trees. Will this be a mistake...umm I'll let you know.
After the lines were quilted, it was time to trim up and bind this baby up. If you have been following my blog recently, you know I have a crazy addiction to Aunt Marti's Susie's Magic Binding Tutorial. So of course this mini wouldn't be any different...Aunt Marti's method it would be!
I just love how the little flange allows a little punch of color.
Perfection. I guess the last thing to do is yell, "Timber!"
With November's mini finished time to turn my attention to piecing December's mini, Winter Stars by Celine Perkins. I'm still holding out for some of the white stuff to float down as a background. It just doesn't feel like winter without it.