Leaving at crack of dawn tomorrow for QSDS, so I've gotta post my green quilt tonight. A few words: I had a devil of a time finding something I really wanted to do, and in fact I never did. But I did go out in my back yard and yank off a bunch of leaves and practiced looking at them pretty carefully (which was interesting) and drawing them pretty accurately (also interesting), and then making 11 of them them out of two layers of fabric. Thought they might look good on a sharp red background. I smooshed them around in different configurations, and ended on this one. I stitched a few stitches on the center "vein" in each, but largely left the leaves floating, hoping for subtle shadows. Finally, hand-stitched in echo-type quilting, leaving certain areas unfilled on purpose.
Now, since it's not a terribly interesting quilt in itself, I thought I'd make it into a challenge: The first person who can identify 10 of the eleven leaves wins A PRIZE! Hint: some are from a flower, an herb, a fruit, a vine, a ground cover, Not all are exactly to scale. Send me an email with your guesses: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll post the map to the names when I return from QSDS (studying with Sue Benner, whom I've wanted to work with for years!) Happy memorial day all~