the trees are only attached to the quilt at the trunk and base of the tree. The triangular portion is doubled fabric that is open at the sides. The very tip of the tree is attached only with a stitch.
So, when you try to move into the sides of the trees to attach them, there is a very good chance of getting the machine foot CAUGHT. I mean CAUGHT, as in getting stuck in there. Or the sides of the tree would flip back and get stitched down.
I tried various methods of preventing this, even spraying temporary basting spray into the cap of the can and painting it on the sides of the trees. Mostly, I just held the sides of the tree tight between two fingers as I approached with the machine.
Anyway, it is pretty cute and it is done!
Yesterday morning was so beautiful that I decided to walk along the nature trail at Falls Lake.