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Topic: Leaf Bowls (now with birch leaf in post #19)  (Read 15220 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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