Friday, October 30, 2009

Just Leaf It

As  a machine quilter I like to try new designs and quilting ideas.  I am always buying books for inspiration and a book I purchased recently was "Just Leaf It" by Kim Stotsenberg.  As the title suggests, the book explains how to quilt leaves into quilts, giving ideas for borders, sashing and blocks.



I am usually not brave enough to quilt a new design straight onto a quilt without at least having practiced it.  This time, I decided to make a small wholecloth quilt to try out these new leaves.  My little "Just Leaf It" wholecloth quilt is about 20 inches square.




Here are some close-ups of the quilting.








This was also the first time I had quilted the pebble background fill.  I love the look of the pebbles and the way it has made the leaves pop up.  The pebbles were, however, a very time consuming background fill to quilt and I found it hard to relax while quilting them.

I loved making this little quilt which now hangs in my studio - it is great to be able to show customers a quilting design on a quilt rather than on paper.


19 comments:

  1. You are an amazing free motion quilter. What great inspiration. Love the pebbles too!

    Rita

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  2. Absolutely freaking stunning!!!!

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  3. Wow, it looks great. Way to bite the bullet!

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  4. It looks amazing, it's a lovely change to feathers.

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  5. Beautiful! I love doing leaves - more forgiving than feathers. I really like your pebbles too, I tend to make mine more uniform and think I'll try it your way next time - gives it a more interesting look. I've thought many times I need to make samples to show my customers, it's so hard to describe things some times. Now....just to get the time!

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  6. This is very beautiful. You are very good! I hope I can get to be half as good someday.

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  7. I can't even think of words to appropriately describe this little quilt. Your work is so amazing. The leaves are so perfect, and I can't imagine how long it must have taken to quilt all of those pebbles!

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  8. Oh-my-goodness!!!! I'm speechless. Your quilting amazes me. This is incredible. xo

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  9. Wonderful quilting, and your first try turned out so accurately

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  10. Wow!!! Wow!!! Wait, let me say it again. Wow!!!

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  11. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous.

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  12. I am in love with this little piece ! Your quilting is exquisite !

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