With much relief that my mental processes are still largely intact,
I give you my completed
Not-Just-For-Christmas Tree Quilt.
For comparison, here's the model I was working from:
The quilt (above) was featured in Quilter's Newsletter's Best Christmas Quilts (2014 edition).
In fact, I made two quilts from that particular magazine.
The tree quilt above, and this one I gave my sister:
But I digress...
This tree quilt was going to be a gift for a friend.
She recently moved from western Washington to North Dakota,
and I thought this might be a baby quilt
to remind her of her Evergreen State home :D
Turns out she had something else in mind,
which is fine,
but I had already cut the pieces...
and I'm one of those very linear people.
Some of you creative types have multiple projects going at once,
and GOOD ON YOU.
I can't do that.
First, my head would explode.
Second, I'd have more clutter than I already have, which is more than plenty.
And third, I NEED the completion to enjoy the process.
And this quilt was definitely a process.
Oh, those triangles...
those crazy isosceles triangles nearly drove me to the Cliffs of Insanity.
First, I cut them wrong, thinking I didn't actually need the pointy end at the top,
which would get swallowed up in seam allowance.
And maybe you don't, actually,
if you know what you're doing.
Which I didn't.
So I had to trim a half-inch off Every. Single. Triangle.
Then there was the way you have to line them up wrong (offset)
to make them finish right (even)...
I think I sewed the first row about seven times before I
kind-of-sort-of figured it out.
And even then I ended up with more like half-inch seam allowances
rather than quarter-inch, because my points met so far into the block.
The learning curve conspired to make the quilt finish a bit smaller than I had anticipated.
But FINE, I don't care about that.
Since it's not going to be a baby quilt,
it's going to be a wall-hanging :D
Even the back looks kind of interesting,
due to the quilting!
No more triangles for a looooong time!