For the background of the pomegranate tree, I made six panels, 28" x 28" more or less. Jaggedly cut strips sewn one on top of the other with newsprint as stabilizer. It took an hour and a half per panel just to sew all the strips down. Used black thread. Paper not removed yet.
I'll eventually cut the panel in to 6" or 8" strips and sew them back together again. I have no idea whether this is going to work or not. I can always use it for something else if it doesn't but that would still be a bummer because I need a background for the pomegranates.