For Whom the Bell Tolls

3 Jun 2010
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This quilt was inspired by a photograph taken in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  It features a painted sky, and a 16" thread lace tree.  On the little peninsula there are some small pieces of driftwood and shells that I glued to the quilt. 

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Anne lundy wrote
on 3 Jun 2010 12:00 PM

Great job on the tree !

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 3 Jun 2010 12:47 PM

Why thank you Anne.  That tree took many hours to make.....but, I did it!! 

on 4 Jun 2010 11:31 AM
on 4 Jun 2010 11:33 AM

Peggy,  I love, love, love the tree!  Now it is your turn to tell me how you did that.  I have experiment with putting washable stabilizer between two layers of tulle.  Then I just sewed around with no real pattern.  How in the world did you do a tree?  Really nice.

Peggy Szasz wrote
on 4 Jun 2010 12:51 PM

Hi Debrah,  I love thread lace...especially trees.  I used two layers of water soluble sulky in a hoop.  I kinda sketched out the shape of the tree from my photograph.  Then I stitched the trunk first with several different browns....then went to town on the lower half of the tree...make the long branch first and then start filling in, making sure I sew over or on the long main branch.  I stitched the lower half of the tree first and completely then I rehooped and did the top section of the tree....starting with the trunk.  I made the tree a little taller than it was in the photo since I knew it would shrink a bit when I washed the Sulky out.  I of course, was hoping that after I washed the Sulky out I would have a tree left the size I needed. And was thrilled when it fit on my quilt perfectly.  I love the tread lace for trees, it gives great dimension to the quilt and I love how the background shows through.  This quilt is very close to the look on the actual photograph.  When my husband and I happened upon this tree high up on the dolominte cliffs overlooking Lake Michigan we both looked at each other and said perfect for a thread lace tree on a quilt.  This tree took me many hours to construct....but, well worth the effort. Did my explanation help???  If not, I can try to give more detailed instructions.   Peggy

on 5 Jun 2010 5:27 PM

Peggy, thank you very much for the detailed instructions.  You would not believe what a mess I had after I washed the sulky away!  Wow, I have a new appreciation for lace making.  I think it will take lots of practice to get as good as you are.  I would like to practice more on this technique.  I can see that it would be nice for trees.

meta1 wrote
on 6 Jun 2010 10:12 PM

That tree has been made really well!

janice4 wrote
on 30 Oct 2010 7:58 AM

peggy how do you do a thread lace tree?  beautiful