How to coordinate color-soaked batiks to make fanciful fall foliage by Nancy Devine October 11, 2016 written by Nancy Devine October 11, 2016 643 Yesterday on QUILTsocial, we created a quilted canvas to showcase some fanciful fall foliage in color-soaked batiks. Today, let’s get started on creating the fabulous leaves that will be a focal point on our Autumn Harmony quilted sampler. Stacks of green strips come together in a string piecing symphony of color. Begin by cutting 2″ wide strips from various green batik scraps. These should be at least 10″ long. I cut about 80 strips from the scraps I’d scrounged from my quilting buddies. You can take a more design-oriented approach, but I kind of enjoyed the randomness of it all. There was some order to it, honest. When I cut strips from one fabric, I grouped them all together in the same pile. I found it easier to have the scraps grouped when I began putting the leaves together. Group the strips together to make it easier to mix up the colors when string piecing the leaves. Start by placing one green strip at a bit of an angle in the center of a muslin rectangle. Sew another strip onto the first one, and use a finger pressing tool to make it as flat as possible. String-piecing method for each leaf: Cut eight pieces of thin quilter’s muslin, 9″ wide by 13″ long. Start at the center of the muslin rectangle, placing a scrap right side up and a slight angle. Pin into place. Place a the next strip on top of the pinned one, right sides together, making the raw edges align as best you can. Use a short stitch length and sew through the fabric and muslin, using a ¼” seam. Finger press the seam allowance, using the handy finger presser. Add the next strip, continuing until the muslin is covered. You’ll be doing eight string-pieced rectangles. Press the finished rectangles on the top (right side) of the fabric with a generous spray of Flatter. It smells heavenly, and will provide a smooth surface for tomorrow’s project — the fabulous fall foliage on the Autumn Harmony quilted sampler. This is part 2 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 1: Autumn Harmony within a Log Cabin quilted sampler Go to part 3: How to make needle turn applique easier [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0Qs125autumn quilted samplerbatiksnancy devine FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Nancy Devine Nancy Devine is a self-confessed craft-crazed blogger. She is a regular contributor to A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine, one of the administrators for The Craft Café, a Facebook page devoted to the international sharing of the creative life, and a curator of an impressive collection of fabrics, notions and seam rippers. In her spare time, she wrangles dust bunnies and writes a blog called Nancy Dee Needleworks. Understandably, her house is a mess. previous post Autumn Harmony within a Log Cabin quilted sampler next post How to make needle turn applique easier YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... 2 comments Cindy October 15, 2016 - 6:53 am Love the variety of greens. Reply Summer October 11, 2016 - 2:32 pm Very beautiful colours! Have a lovely day ♥ Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.