My New Big Leaf

The “new big leaf” I started last week in a workshop with Pat Pauly is almost done. The leaf is created using freezer paper templates. Today I sewed the leaf half-sections to their backgrounds and added the vein that runs down the middle of the leaf:

big leaf in  halves 800
The only thing left was to join the two halves. And lo! the twain did meet:

big leaf joined 800

Right now my leaf measures about 27½” square. Once quilted, it will be trimmed to 24″ square. Here it is cropped (the photo, not the leaf!) to give you a better idea of what the leaf will look like finished:

big leaf cropped 800

I’m so pleased with it!

I did make one change from my original vision of it. When I started working on this project, the tip of the leaf was oriented toward the lower right hand corner:

big leaf with darts
Today I decided I like my composition better with the tip of the leaf in the upper right hand corner. (You might say I turned over a new leaf . . .)

The next decision is whether to add a binding or face the edges. I’ll wait till it’s quilted and then let the quilt “tell me” what it needs.




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7 Responses to My New Big Leaf

  1. Cathy says:

    I love your big leaf! The fabrics and how you oriented it are perfect! I envy you for using freezer templates! I haven’t done that before, so it scares me!!! I may need to bite the bullet so I can make a lovely leaf too!! Good work!!

  2. Fawn says:

    Wow! I just love this! It is artsy and batik and awesome all at once! Nice choice of colors- especially that orange that pops it! Are you hand sewing this or is it coming together using the sewing machine?

  3. Diane says:

    I really like the reorientation! How will you use the finished piece??

  4. Jeanne says:

    I agree with the reorientation. It seems more cheerful, somehow.
    Looking up!

  5. Pat Pauly says:

    I was holding my breath here while you connected the two halves. Glad that it went back together. Love the process. Now draw up YOUR version of a leaf, or whatever strikes you, and make more! Thanks for sharing this. I had a blast with you all that day. And loved your Portland!


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