Have you seen our October/November 2013 issue yet? If not, look for it in the Quilt & Sew Shop. It’s got the amazing Reach for the Stars on the cover, made by Terri Krysan, which you can make also if you follow along with the 7-part series. It’s a challenging quilt to construct, but imagine the satisfaction of finishing it! All the nice variety of blocks on point along with those cool borders – it’s really impressive.
One of my favorite features in the issue is the Easy Lesson on Leaf Pounding. To write the feature, I consulted with Bettye Kimbrell, who teaches this awesome technique at the Alabama Folk School in Nauvoo, Alabama. She talked me through the process in detail so that I could try it here and make samples to illustrate the article. I made a bunch of samples on muslin squares and was very pleased with the results. It’s a lot of fun! I hope some of you try it.
After my samples were done and the piece was underway, she was kind enough to send me some photos of her work with the leaf pounding technique. I didn’t receive them in time to include the photos in print, but I’d like to show them here since they are amazing. Whereas I made my samples on 6 1/2″ squares, she makes lengths of fabric with all kinds of leaves scattered throughout. She then quilts the fabric by hand, outlining the leaves and stippling in the background. So, so pretty!
Here she is in the process of hammering a leaf to the fabric. (If you’d like to try this technique, make sure to read the Easy Lesson for all the specifics!) She told me some special tips that make the process easier.
Once the many leaf designs are transferred and permanently set, she layers it with a backing and batting and puts it all in her quilting hoop.
Don’t you love the hand-quilted veins in the leaves? It really looks like they just fluttered off the trees and landed on the fabric.
The variety of colors and shapes that she includes are wonderful. And then – stippling by hand. This lady is not afraid of hard work, and it pays off. It is one of the prettiest quilts ever.
Let’s look at some more photos of Bettye’s work, shall we?
So great! I don’t know if this is one quilt or multiple, but it’s all amazing in any case. You can see how the green of the leaves fades a bit over time, but I like the soft, neutral look that it settles into.
I mentioned all the leaf pounding samples I made – which I plan to make into a quilt as well. It won’t look much like these ones, however. My leaves are on squares so I’ll have to patch them together. I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do and I’ll share my quilt here once it’s something nice to look at. I have a few more patches to cut and then I’ve got to sew the top together. It will be a simpler version of Bettye’s quilts, incorporating different elements. Stay tuned!
Speaking of different versions of a quilt, our Traditional to Modern Quilt Challenge entries have been received and it’s time to vote! Please take a minute to look at the finalists and vote for your favorite to win the Viewer’s Choice award. There are lots of great entries eligible to win a great prize package. Thanks to everyone who entered!
It’s been a crazy wet week here in Colorado but for the most part everyone at Quilters Newsletter is still coming into work to look at, write about, pattern and admire quilts. Occasionally we’ll sneak onto Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram to do the same. Then we’ll watch a quilting video on our YouTube channel. Then look at our website. Then back to work. Have a nice weekend everybody, and stay dry!