This was the original goal I set out to hit way back on August 14th, 2009. The project ended up taking a full year and a half longer than I expected, but now that we’re here 365 designs just doesn’t seem like enough!
So just to clear up any confusion - THE PROJECT WILL NOT BE ENDING TODAY!
I plan to continue posting designs until they stop popping into my head. Whether that will be at 500, 750, or 1000, I have no idea, but I’m having too much fun to stop creating and sharing these designs!
Of course, now that this original goal is complete, I want to improve the project, making everything more accessible and less overwhelming. More details will be shared on the upcoming developments very soon, and we'll kick off several new free motion projects starting January 1st.
Now enough waiting - here is design #365 - Infinity Tree:
Infinity Tree is a combination of several of my favorite designs and captures one of my favorite types of quilts - landscapes. This design takes it up another notch by allowing you to quilt free form trees right into your quilts, filling the space with their branches on one side and tree roots on the other.
It’s hard to describe exactly how this design is quilted so let’s see it being quilted into a small quilt square:
Difficulty Level - Advanced. This design appears very complex, which can be misleading because it’s actually a combination of very simple textures put together in a logical way.
First start with a single wiggly line running through the middle of your quilting space. Expand this wiggly line with a row of Calm Sea to create hills in the background. Now stitch a tree growing up from the hills. Don’t worry about getting every branch perfect. Just allow them to flow organically up and out from the central trunk.
Stitch back down the other side of the tree and down into the ground. Fill in a row of Pebbles all along the bottom of the wiggly line to a rocky ground. Stitch below the tree and branch out with a network of Tree Roots. Twist and wiggle and interconnect these roots until they fill the bottom space completely.
Design Family - Edge to Edge. Technically this design is stitched from one edge of your quilting space to another, making it a great choice for the borders of your next quilt.
Directional Texture - 2 Directions. Infinity Tree has such a complex texture, it’s really hard to put a single label on it. Technically it does have an obvious horizontal texture created by the initial curving line that will always catch your eye.
Suggestions for Use - If you have always wanted to create a landscape quilt, now is your chance! Stitch a large scale Infinity Tree onto plain fabric and allow your imagination to run wild with all the things you can do with thread!
If you’re looking for a really unique border design, this is a great choice. Imagine the effect of 50 trees sprouting from the edges of your next quilt!
Now we officially have 365 designs!
Thank you all so much for making this project such a fun, exciting challenge!
Let's go quilt!