OK, time to begin our quilting. Layer backing, batting and top. Use dabs of glue to hold the layers together. I put about three dabs across the width, then in four inches or so another three, etc., etc. After you have your “sandwich” glued, run the iron over it (set at cotton; I don’t know that my iron has another setting!). I used the blanket stitch on my machine.
TIP: I’m a “pedal to the metal” type of gal, so I set my speed control on my sewing machine to a speed I’m comfortable with. Sewing around the trees with the blanket stitch required a little slower “go”. I set that speed all the time, to match whatever I’m sewing. Straight, long seams? Lookout, kids!
Go around each tree with your decorative stitch, or a plain zig-zag. Change the color of your threads if you want. I used a variable green, but any greens would work.
Last step: Binding. And if you want, a few buttons. Here are the three I looked at to decide; no buttons? Gold button at top? Bigger red button at top? The last is the one I decided on. Nice thing is, buttons are easily changed!