My folder full of sketches for journal quilts was found buried in a pile and that will be a great starting point for a renewed interest in quilting. I haven’t been able to sew or work on any quilts since the hand injury last September and need to start slow. Life in general has not been conducive to quiltmaking for a number of years but things are starting to settle out.
The piece I was working on last summer was my rainbow leaves quilt for my bed which has been a long while in the making. I designed three different foundation pieced leaves as well as a random appearing layout over a grid using Adobe Illustrator. I am wrestling the alligator and doing free motion machine quilting myself using Sulky rayon thread along with Valdani hand-dyed variegated thread in the border. In the strip colored border I am thread painting various freeform leaves interconnected by vines. In the white background areas I am creating a meandering puzzle pattern. The leaves themselves are left unquilted so that they will appear slightly raised from the surface.
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