I worked on the tree trunk last week and didn’t like it at all. I was trying to make it look more like a real tree, and it was too dark and too heavy for the treetop. So I ripped it all out and started over yesterday. I went back to something more in keeping with the actual quilt block. The tree trunk is now stitched using straight stitches over 4 threads with DMC floss # 433. I then filled in the empty spaces with 6 strands of Anchor floss #359. It adds a little texture to the trunk but keeps the straight lines of the quilt pattern.
Now I need to work on the grass around the bottom of the trunk, using some overdye floss and maybe some solid colors as well. I also need to put a border around the block and a light touch for the background. I think I’ll stay with Blanc DMC floss for both of those. I tipped the tree up for this block, but the border will put an on-point frame around it. I’ll be back in a few days with some progress.