Not wanting the tree to look too sparse, I laid the hands over a green treetop. I free motion quilted around each hand.
On the front of the tree I included a "carved" heart with the class details:
The quilting details! I quilted the sky in a meadering, the tree trunk in a long, thin meandering variation, and the grass in a random zigzag pattern:
Another shot of the quilted grass and the piecing:
I found a great alphabet print for the backing, and I also included a sleeve to hang the quilt:
And the label:
The finished size of the quilt is approximately 45" x 58".
And now for the auction details! The quilt ultimately went for $225. It's a bit lower than I would have expected, but ever bit makes an impact!