In one month.
REAL QUILTERS LOOK NO FURTHER. You may be horrified by my lack of skill, technique or concerns for any.Here's a closeup of one part of it - a larger picture is at my flickr site if you click on it.
I've been inspired by Mary Lou Weidman's quilts and her style. So far, it's a yard of black with patchwork borders. I've basted on layers of applique and in the center (not in the picture) - there's a house. Now when I started the top, I tried to put the whole thing into my sewing machine and zigzagged around the entire house - through all 3 layers. Should I mention that it was a disaster? Do you think I'm going to rip it all out and start again? No. I will make lemonade with this lemon & hope that it turns out great!
So, my plan is to continue the traditional applique stitches around the tree trunk and branches since I started it that way. Once that's done - it's going to be a free for all. I'll be stitching down leaves, flowers, etc. all while going through all three layers at the same time to quilt it all together. I have some nice cotton threads and also embroidery floss that I want to use. Instead of a chore, I want this to be fun and have it hanging on my living room wall very soon.