Sunday, October 18, 2009
Leaf Quilt :Mosaic Monday
This small quilt was a study in shading using bleach.
I layed the freezer paper out on black fabric in the pattern I chose. I had a mixture of bleach and water in a fine misting bottle. I gently misted the fabric, making sure not to move my leaves. ( I used some weights to hold the leaves down). Do this OUTSIDE as the fumes can get nasty. I then watched my fabric change to a light brown where the bleach was. When I reached the desired effect I quickly rinsed the fabric on cold water to stop the chemical reaction. Using some hand dyed and some batik fabric I cut out the leaves from the patterns I had made with the freezer paper. I fused them to the black fabric off setting them just a bit to create the shadow effect. I was lucky in finding a fabric with all the leaf colors for the edging. I then quilted the background and quilted the leaf vanes. Fun project. In photographing I found it a little difficult to see the shading. But to the naked eye the leaves seem to pop right off the fabric.
Thanks to Mary at the Little Red House for hosting Mosaic Monday. Drop over and see all the wonderful mosaics people have taken time to create.