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Topic: Leaf Bowls (now with birch leaf in post #19)  (Read 15635 times)
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« on: March 11, 2012 03:04:55 PM »

Okay - not exactly a quilt, but close enough, and I REALLY want to show these off, as I am totally stoked at how they came out!  Definite room for improvement, but still . . .

Here you go - Maple Leaf:


Palm leaf:


Both together, just for the heck of it:


This is a pattern I got from Keepsake Quilting, and you use this really stiff double-sided fusible interfacing that softens up when heated so you can mold it into a bowl shape - I can look up the name if anyone is interested, but can't remember it off the top of my head.

You fuse a backing fabric (didn't get shots of the back, but that's batik, too) to the back, then fuse the various pieces to the front of the bowl.  Then you stitch all around to make the veins in the leaf, and to keep the fabrics on better.  Then you cut it out - all the detail shapes - and go aroudn the edges with a loose satin stitch.  I need a bit of work on my technique with this - might try using embroidery floss around the edges next time - wasn't feeling that ambitious just yet.  Then steam it to make it flexible and mold it over a bowl and let it cool and harden.  Pretty easy, other than the stitching around the edges - man is that a pain!

Anyhow, thanks for looking!!! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012 03:20:12 PM »

those are really pretty!!
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012 03:29:07 PM »

You should be stoked, these are awesome! It looks really good and with different colours you could have one for every season!
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2012 03:49:35 PM »

Thanks! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2012 03:59:17 PM »

Oh these are beautiful!! I love your choice of fabrics. I want one for every room in my house! Thanks for sharing  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012 04:26:24 PM »

LOVE!!!!!  LOVE!!!!!!  LOVE!!!!!!

I adore the maple leaf one.  I like the use as a bowl, but would love to see several of those connected connected randomly as a wall hanging or a runner.  Gorgeous!
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2012 04:35:55 PM »

LOVE!!!!!  LOVE!!!!!!  LOVE!!!!!!

I adore the maple leaf one.  I like the use as a bowl, but would love to see several of those connected connected randomly as a wall hanging or a runner.  Gorgeous!

Thanks!  You could probably make these with a thinner stabilizer in between if you wanted them as a wall hanging - maybe just use some stichwitchery or something like it - they make that in sheets, right?  That would be a cool look.  Maybe I will try that . . .
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2012 04:37:41 PM »

What an interesting technique! They look lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2012 04:42:08 PM »

Pretty - pretty -pretty!  I would love to try something like this!
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2012 05:43:59 PM »

These are lovely! I recently bought some heavy double sided interfacing and have quite a bit left I may have to give this technique a try.
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2012 05:56:04 PM »

Thanks, all!  I saw these in the catalog and had to try them.  I am planning to give my mom a set for her bday next month, but I love them so much I will have to make some to keep, too!

The interfacing is called Inn-spire Plus, for anyone interested.  It it quite hard when cooled down.
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2012 06:37:13 PM »

So beautiful and the batik fabrics make them more stand out.
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2012 10:47:54 AM »

So pretty! They look great!
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2012 03:00:18 PM »

Those are so awesome! Makes me want to try it out!
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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2012 03:49:25 PM »

I can't be-leaf how awesome these are. Grin
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2012 07:22:00 PM »

Thanks all!

I can't be-leaf how awesome these are. Grin

Ha!  Good groaner of a pun! 

And IAMTHELIE - you really should try them - they are really pretty easy overall!  Just a little fiddly with the stitching around the outside. 

I have made a third one - a birch leaf.  Need to post it when I get the chance!
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2012 06:08:40 AM »

These are gorgeous!
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2012 09:49:33 AM »

fabuloso!!!
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These are gorgeous!
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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2012 04:49:25 PM »

Thanks, everyone!  Here is a pic of the third one I made - the birch leaf.  These are the three that come with the pattern, but I googled leaf outlines, and have another I printed off that I am going to try when I get some time. 

But here is the Birch Leaf:


I think I did a bit better with the satin stich around the edges - did the corners differently, too, and I think they came out better.  Give me another 20 to do and I should be an expert at it!!   Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2012 07:41:27 AM »

Those are so cute!!!
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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2012 01:05:40 PM »

These are completely lovely Smiley Thanks for sharing them.
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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2012 03:06:29 PM »

Thanks, all!  Now onto a fabric box project to give to my dad.  My parents' birthdays are only 8 days apart in April, and it's always a challenge to come up with something for each of them!
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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2012 09:54:44 AM »

These are totally gorgeous! I love the different fabrics you used in each bowl, they really compliment each other well.
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2012 11:40:13 AM »

Your leaves are so pretty! It's great that they're useful too!
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« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2012 03:26:21 PM »

These are great, I might have to try making one when I have a working sewing machine again.
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Love the colors!
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« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2013 06:52:51 AM »

those are stunning.  Great job.
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These are amazing, and I just love the fabrics you used.
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