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Bending Tree by Ricky Tims  

My dear friend Libby Lehman (prior to her stroke in 2013) was known for a wonderful appliqué technique. She called it Pot Luck, but she also explained it as being a sort of “excavated” appliqué…meaning that the pieces were not applied on top of the background, but rather they were applied under the background and then the background was cut away, exposing the fabric underneath. These fabric pieces were not shapes, like leaves, or hearts, or flowers, but rather, they were simply odd-shaped pieces of fabric. The cut away of the top layer is what created the shape. The layers have a single stitch holding them together, and then the edges are stitched with a lovely machine stitch to create the amazing and beautiful result.
Bending Tree is made using Libby’s method and the pattern is meant to be a symbol of faith. The message is… bend, don’t break. Life can present plenty of challenges, but we must withstand the storm. My thoughts at this time are with my friends in Ukraine and I pray they they will withstand the attacks, and most importantly, retain their fighting spirit. 
What is happening in your world…or with someone you know… who might just need this small wall quilt as a visual reminded to ‘hang in there’? Hey, you might learn a new fun appliqué technique too!


Pattern - $24.98


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