Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Leaves Request



How did I do these leaves, you ask?

The fabric came from Fabricland (this is a Canadian chain store and they have their own fabric) and the leaves were fussy cut out leaving a seam allowance all around. The leaves were appliquéd onto the quilt (using needle turn method) after it was quilted; then buttonhole stitching (very close stitches) were applied by hand. In a few of the leaves, I changed the thread colour as I went around the leaf.

Just regular sewing thread and a very thin sewing needle was used (tried embroidery thread and was not happy with the look).

For the leaves on the tree branch, they were applied without being appliquéd on. The edges were trimmed down right to the leaf edge and just stitched in place with very close buttonhole stitching. I did not use any fusing on the back of the leaves and I really wasn’t too happy with the whole look of them so decided to change my method for the ones sent to Iceland.

Same leaves, two different versions for swap quilts.

There have been a number of suggestions to make the top quilt for my husband and that is exactly what I will be doing. It will be a twin to the one in Iceland.

Have a great day!

14 comments:

Anne Ida said...

Thank you for explaining! Do you mind if I try to make something similar (someday...)? I really love the look, and I've got some fabric with leaves printed I think would be perfect for fussy cutting.

Happy you liked the "twin" idea :o)
Take care and happy quilting!

CONNIE W said...

They look great. I love fall colors and fall leaves. It's a pretty quilt.

Pat said...

Thanks so much for explaining the leaves to us. Both of the quilts are beautiful.

Floss said...

I think both these quilts are beautiful. I have not seen this fabric at Fabricland; I will have to have a better look.

quiltorstitch said...

Those quilts are both gorgeous, thanks for sharing how you did the leaves :)

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Wow. I love these. Very nice work.

dot said...

Both of these quilts are just lovely.

Guðrún said...

How exciting to know that MY quilt will have a twin one in Canada.

Nancy said...

Thanks so much for your explanation about the leaves and the processes you used. The leaves are so life-like. What about the stems of the leaves - are they part of the applique too or is that all stitching? Glad to hear that hubby is getting one too!

Alycia said...

Love the quilt! It is quite striking.

corry said...

Thanks for explaining! Both quilts look fabulous!

Viola said...

Very very wonderful,compliments.
Viola from Italy

meggie said...

Oh I just fell in love with that gorgeous little quilt you sent Gudrun. Soo special.
I had to come to visit you, & am so glad I did, as you have explained so well how did this.
Beautiful work!1

Anonymous said...

The quilts look great. Thank you for sharing.
Kaye Wood
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