I put that piece on the design wall,
Then cut out 1/2 of a trunk at a time to piece. First I numbered the pieces to help keep track.
Once I finish with a tree trunk, I put it back in its place on the template. This process doesn't go quickly at all. The extra steps needed to make the bark look realistic are time consuming, but in the end I think they will really add dimension and keep the quilt from being too abstract.
The original plan was to finish my daughter's quilt top before I hand over to her the sewing room for the summer. But it took all weekend just to make 1 1/2 trunks, and I haven't even begun the background blocks. I may have to negotiate with her some studio hours on the weekends.