When Vicky and Karl first got engaged, I said that I would love to make them a full size lap or bed quilt, they just needed to let me know what they liked. They picked out this pin from Pinterest and my heart sank. It's pretty boring isn't it.... I know marsala is quite brown and that's the colour of the year... but it's still brown. Lots of brown. A little negotiation ensued and I offered to make this as mini with an open offer of a larger quilt at some point in the future.
The "engraved" details are hand embroidered in DMC stranded cotton and I've then used reverse applique to add the "bark". It's not a smooth heart because although I have never engraved a heart on a tree, I imagine it's pretty hard to get it smooth.... right? Also, it's quite a difficult shape to get smooth using the technique I did....
I used Aurifil 40 weight to do some wood-grain quilting and just scraped together enough scraps of the remaining brown fabric to add a narrow binding - this was a bit hairy - as I got closer and closer to the end I was sure I wouldn't have enough...it was so tight that I didn't trim either end when I joined the ends. I have no intention of cutting it that fine again. Please remind me to plan bindings better - I get to that point and then wonder what the hell to do as I don't keep much in my stash bigger than a fat quarter and for any quilt bigger than a mini, a fat quarter just doesn't cut it! The back is my favourite Ikea print. Intentionally sideways... honest.
This was on my Finish Along list at the start of the quarter and to be honest I didn't really expect to be a finish at the end of the quarter... quite a nice little surprise!