Thursday, May 15, 2008

Lace Leaves...and a Break in the Action

It's foggy this morning....

I post this picture of my garden to illustrate again why leaves are so much on my brain these days.
In another month this scene will be so full of color...and that is when I will be putting those colors on my quilt, too....

Meanwhile, here is another set of leaves going on.

I painted some beige lace with Tsukineko inks, then fused it onto some commercial green batik with Misty Fuse. Then I just cut them out, freehand.

(Sorry the color is so different in these pictures.) Here they are pinned on to the lower left arc.

This is the lower right arc. Can you see how I am backstitching them on?
I tried using my needlepunch for this but it didn't like all those seam allowances and layers of fabric. Oh well....

Some of these leaves are following seams, and some are going "cross country" into the patches. All the seams will be covered, though. This is a crazy quilt, after all!

But my routine is going to be happily interrupted for the rest of the week-end. My dear friend Tracey Brookshier is bringing two of her friends to stay over the next four days...and we all are going to help Tracey with her first ever booth at Quilt Market at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This is the same trade show I attended in Houston last fall, but this time I am not going as "media" for CQMagOnline but as an "exhibitor" under Tracey's umbrella. I will still have plenty of time to roam the aisles, and I hope to be able to report here on some of what I see. Check out the list of exhibitors...there should be plenty to take in!

11 comments :

Possibilities, Etc. said...

I remember teaching color theory and asking the class "what color is green?" WOW that's gorgeous. Please say hello to our friend from Riversilks! I'm loving these leaves - but then I am such a leaf addict.

Judy S. said...

The leaves look great, Allie! You've made so much progress during the 10 days we were in Chicago playing with our grandbabies. Quilts in Portland, eh? Wish I'd know of it sooner, but DH is running in Beat the Bridge on Sunday while I'm singing in choir....rats!~

Summerset said...

Gorgeous! I'm really enjoying watching this whole work progress. I have done crazy quilting in the past and still one every once in a great while. I love the combination of trims, embroidery, beadwork and the freedom to fill in the lines and spaces with whatever you can dream up.

Evelyn Aviles-Bermudez said...

What a beautiful picture of your garden. It looks so peaceful. I see how it serves as inspiration.
You do lovely work.

Jacq said...

WOW-Your garden is beautiful as well as your stitching.

Kathy said...

Your leaves are fantastic as well as your quilt. It is so unique, I really enjoy watching your progess.
I knew I should have bought more Misty Fuse.

Marty52 said...

Your garden is so very lovely, Allie.... do you have fairies visiting very often? ;0) Your leaves are brilliant, so many different ways to portray a simple leaf. Have a great time this weekend!

Mary said...

is your phone broken??? i let it ring and ring and ring???? seester

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Allie, First I love your "Green" garden. Mine is the best ever this year and I believe it is because we had such a cold winter. Secondly, you are sooo creative. I had bought some Misty fuse and did not really how I would use it. Love your idea of painting the lace and fusing it to the Misty Fuse. I always learn when I come to visit you. VBG Have a great trip to Portland. Great Place and I look forward to hearing and seeing what new ideas you bring back. Judy

Wendy said...

Sheesh! No wonder your work is always so alive and inspiring. Look at your beautiful yard. Wow!!!
So gorgeous and I always look forward to seeing what you are doing.
Wendy

Anonymous said...

Your greens have me gr*** with envy! Here it is so dry and brown in spring. Julie in FL