After seeing this tutorial
I made this:
I cut out a leaf shape, cut it in half, then made cuts on both sides for the veins. I sewed in the side veins, then center vein. I reassembled the whole leaf before sewing into the background. I used a separate piece of blue fabric on each side of the leaf, with enough overlap to seam the blue together after. I put the leaf on a piece of blue, traced the outer curve of the leaf onto the blue, then cut about 3/16″ inside this line to make my curve for sewing. I pinned the curves before sewing, in part because the blue background fabric was more prone to stretching than the leaf. Once the leaf was sewn in, I sewed the blue pieces together, then cut the blue and inserted the branch. I pressed the seams towards where I wanted the bulk – so away from the veins, and away from the blue background fabric.
I could have started with a larger leaf; a lot of the original size is lost in the seam allowances when you start cutting. And doing tapered veins changes the shape of the leaf a lot, too, which means trimming to make the centers match up again. I ended up using 1/8″ seams so as to not lose more size.
After reading this 15-minute fabric I tried my hand at it and made this:
It took me a lot longer than 15 minutes though! Perhaps because my pieces were so small, and perhaps because I put too much thought into it.
After reading this tutorial I tried my own hand at it.
I painted the page with gesso, then when it was dry painted with acrylics. Then spritzed with water, and angled it to form some drips. Then I blotted with textured paper towel when the paint was mostly dry but not completely.
Here is the result:
I took the more orange and red fabrics, and overdyed them with a dilute greenish-brown. Sadly I didn’t get a photo of them again before they went to the workshop and made it into the tree.
These are the little guys I have designed for the monster quilt
I took a workshop with Elaine Quehl at Greenwood Quiltery last week. This is the trunk of the tree from that class:
I am currently doing the initial machine quilting, then I will decide on a background.
Y F T B
10 2 1 1
10 2 1 2.5
15 2 1 1
15 2 1 2.5
10 2 1.5 1
10 2 1.5 2.5
2 containers for each colour, 3 fabrics per container:
put the dyes in the first container with 1 tbsp softened water.
take 1 tsp total from there and add to 2 tbsp softened water in the 2nd container
after adding wet fabric and 2 tbsp soda ash, wait 5 mins then do 2nd fabric and 2 tbsp soda ash
then again for the 3rd fabric
Y F T B
20 4 2 0
20 4 2 2
20 4 2 5
30 4 2 0
30 4 2 2
30 4 2 5
10 2 1 0
15 2 1 0
This time I will be alone while I do it, so I can MIX WELL, and allow 5 mins after soda ash step before next fabric goes in.
Left to sit an hour before rinsing.