Feathered Christmas Tree

What is cuter than an appliqué Christmas Tree? This pattern by Cherry Blossoms is a nice, quick project with its small size and can be completed using stash fabrics in a couple days. The pattern was developed for use with a die cutting machine, but you can trace and use the components for raw or turned easily. I found this on Amazon and it also was on my to-be-done list for 2022.

This will be a gift for a friend. She lives in Oklahoma and I was thinking “home spun” but then I remembered her penchant for glitter! My challenge was to combine the two contrasting themes.

I had a holiday layer cake in my stash and decided use a few squares for this project. In keeping with “home spun” I decided on a multi color approach using red, gold and green. I used two reds and two greens and two red/green prints and used about half of a 10″ square of each to complete this!

First, I did the red components with a red thread and then added the green with a green thread.
Gold components added. Now it was time for bing!
A gold star, of course! And I wanted to add metallic accents to the star.
Using a deco stitch as a second stitching layer after completing a basic blanket stitch in a matching thread.
Adding deco overstitch to the star! I am using a Bernina 480 SE for applique stitching.
A silver metallic variegated added for “tinsel”!
Metallic variegated overstitched on the large heart.
Borders added using yardage that coordinated with the layer cake fabrics. I added a bark look brown from stash for the tree stem.

This is a gift for a friend that has a beauty salon called The Little Spa in Oklahoma. I added her salon name to the narrow outside border strips in a repeating motif using the thread colors from the appliqué.

McTavishing is always a good choice for an applique background.
Adding a deco stitch to highlight the star.
Using my Ultimate Border stencil to mark a spine for my feathered borders and then a smaller scale stencil for my outside border.
Feathered border in a variegated green Fantastico (3″ border) and a swirl in variegated metallic gold for the 1 3/4″ outside border.
The completed project. I added a hanging sleeve on the back.

This is a quick and fun project to do and I recommend the pattern!

Happy quilting and appliqué!

Lennea

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