This was a challenge in Minnesota Quilters Guild. Challenge: 32 item scavenger hunt.

 The background was pieced by drawing random curvy shapes on freezer paper including registration marks so it could be put back together.  The tree was couched with yarn. Circles were machine embroidered, appliqued to the outer circle with invisible thread, then hand appliqued to the quilt. Free motion quilting was mostly McTavishing to blend into the background.  What an honor to have received both 1st places!

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Back shows all zig zaged appliqued
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Free hand a funky tree

Trace and cut freezer paper for pattern. Iron to back of fabric. Cut leaving about 1/4" to turn under with starch and brush

Couched black yarn along edges to add pop

Or starch & tiny brush

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Gotta have a label

Easy MacTavishing free motion quilting on the background
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