TGIFF – A Leaf Block Prototype

All of a sudden it is the end of the week, and, I am back hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday! Some of you might be seeing this on Thursday – we run it a little more than 24 hours so our friends in different time zones can play. In fact, I am writing this a little ahead of time, as I will be the middle of a move as this is published. My replies to your comments will come, just a little delayed (maybe).

The idea for this piece sprang from this beer can. I knew when I saw it, there would be a quilt with this on it in my future. OK, full disclosure, I forgot I was hosting, shame on me. It was in my calendar but our move was delayed and is happening right on the day this posts! SO, I needed a quick project and decided I would make an attempt at this leaf. This for sure is a prototype, and I am really happy I did a fast project/prototpe so I can get closer to where I want to be next time.

I didn’t love the fabrics I had to play with but I decided to use strip leftovers – WRONG. I think the next version will have uniform strips of a narrow width. I constructed it by finishing the edge like you do with some pointy Dresden plate blocks, and then sewed the strips together. I added a fold square to make the triangle at the top. My intention was to appliqué to a background.

The next step was sewing it together on the diagonal. Here is where I realized the strips needed to be wider to give me a good angle. I drew a line and sewed on it. I figured I could rip it out if it wasn’t right. Its not bad, but I may want a more precise version the next time.

I appliquéd by machine to a background. Then I did some quilting following the swirls of the design. I felt the leaves needed some emphasis so I did in the the ditch quilting. I didn’t want to bind, so I zig zagged around the piece twice – I’ll use it as a hot pad. When I make the next one, the strips will get a different treatment. I think they will be all the same size, narrower, and longer. I am not wedded to the Dresden edge I used, but I liked it. I also don’t know whether there will be more than one, but I feel like I would like that. The fabric selection will be different.

And now it is your turn to share your finish for the week! And, if you don’t have one this week, there is always a weekly TGIFF and next week’s host is Rebecca who blogs at Rebecca Grace Quiltng.

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