I've been working on my row by row group strip. My paper pieced cows now have ears, tails, and udders. I sure hope I made the best choice for my first strip. We will see-----
You can see the other cow's tail, the swing and the applique tree sections that softened the sharp edges of the pieced tree. The rope of the swing helped hide a seam between two sky sections.
In case you don't recognize it, this is a block 2 of Tree Time Block of the Month. I have been encouraging you to "make it your own"---remember? This is a changed one. The tree is 3 strands of embroidery floss, the skirt fabric is the same, but I used the Buttonhole Stitich instead of appliquing it--same French Knots for fringe. For the string of lights, I used several stitches. A tiny chain using 1 strand of floss is the cord. A Bullion Stitch surrounded by a Lazy Daisy Stitch for the bulbs--oh and a cute little French Knot for the glow on the end. I made this February block more February by putting a couple of hearts on the tree and one in the tree topper star. I am working on a wool version of block 3 so I can show you how that will look. Try you hand at hand embroidery. You just might love it. I have renewed my love for handwork. See the sidebar for the button--one click will take you to the original post where you will find a link to the general directions. Blocks #1 and #2 links are on the sidebar under the button.