Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cow Pony Rust Quilt.....Leaves

After two days away, it is good to be back to work on the Cow Pony Quilt.
The clock is ticking for me.....the deadline is nipping at my heels!

Last fall I pressed leaves that fell from our trees in the yard.
They were perfect to pin directly to the quilt...
The tree comes alive with the addition of leaves.

Real Leaves pinned to the quilt

Unfortunately, I am still having issues with my digital camera.
It just will not accurately photograph the threadwork on the phototransfer of Dancer.
The thread work is much darker and richer than these photos portray.
I will have to try different lighting conditions in hopes of getting a better image.

Auditioning leaf fabrics

The real leaves made great patterns to trace.

Lite Steam A Seam 2
This is so lite, and after it is fused to the fabric & cut into leaves, I can press them onto the quilt top and they stay put until they are heat set. You can move them around until you get the exact placement you want. They won't fall off the design wall.

Cow Pony Quilt with Fabric Leaves

You just can't beat mother nature...
I like the look of the real leaves in the first photo of this post.
These fabric leaves are the best I can do.

It is only 5pm here on the west coast....
I plan to applique leaves and continue quilting into the night.

May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

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  1. You're right - the real leaves look absolutely perfect, although the fabric leaves don't look bad either. I've not tried it myself, but I've heard - read??- somewhere that if you coat leaves with clear mod podge it makes them pliable/flexible and preserves the colours (although yours look pretty well preserved already)and then you can attach them to quilted projects. This project is just stunning! Good luck with getting it all finished up!

  2. It's been a blast watching this quilt develop from the first steps. It's gorgeous .. love the leaves!

  3. Why not use the real leaves? They may be too fragile though and you do have a fast approaching deadline. It looks great with both the real and fabric leaves!