This memory is the inspiration for this small wall hanging. I started by selecting a background and border fabric from my husband's hand dyed fabric stash. I selected a vibrant, rich tree trunk fabric. Then came the fun part! Just as I did when I was 6 years old and used every crayon, I cut a small piece of every single color of fabric my husband hand dyed in 2014.
Appliquing this project by traditional methods would have involved a ton of prep work and lots of stitching time. Plus, the fussiness of traditional methods would not have yielded the light-hearted, spontaneous feel I was trying to capture. I'm hoping the Tropical Folk Art technique is going to give me the whimsical feel of a six year old's drawing.
I rough sketched the tree and some leaves just to make sure the scale was pleasing. I then traced the tree trunk shape onto freezer paper and cut it out.
I then pinned the freezer paper shape to the front of the tree trunk fabric and cut around the freezer paper adding a FAT 1/4 inch.