this fabulous inspiration and then used I'm Just a Guy Who Quilt's tutorial which I found from this photo posted on Flickr.
I have been making Christmas decoration pillows for family holiday presents this year and have been saving the scraps to give this a whirl. So last night on the way home from work I stopped in to JoAnn's to pick up the 'Steam a Seam 2' that Ryan recommends in his tutorial. They don't carry it, but I was assured that Heat'nBond would work equally well.
I then set out to make my circles ...
Next, I laid put a painters-tape border for the tree as a guide for where to place my circles.
I finished it this evening ... and was thrilled! It was delightful and exactly what I wanted! Unfortunately ... I didn't take a picture of that ...
I bound it ... and even put some loops on the back for him to hang it with.
As I was binding it ... I noticed the issue. The circles were starting to come off ... all of them. Now I can't actually say that the Heat'nBond doesn't really work as well as Ryan's recommended Steam a Seam 2 as I have never actually used the SS2 ... but let's just say that Heat'nBond didn't actually do much 'bonding'.
That's not the disappointing part. The disappointing part is my fix. Ryan's tutorial suggests stitching the circles in place ... so I decided to see if that would fix it. But my stiching is
But overall ... I feel like I took really great product and, while I didn't completely ruin it, I am SO less satisfied with the outcome.
If I had the time, I would remake it ... but it still has to go half-way around the world ... and it needs to go in the mail this week. So I am going to send it as is ... it's not perfect ... but it came from the heart ... with the right intention ... and I want my 'not so baby' brother to have a Christmas tree ... even if it is a little Charlie Brown-ish.
All the best