One of the things I love about quilting is that there is an endless supply of things to learn. That often means that I get sidetracked onto something different, but that’s OK.
Several years go I took a class in leaf pounding but I never did anything with the results (sound familiar to anyone out there?) I recently found the prints, still looking pretty good, in my DO SOMETHING box and decided to get busy.
After the fabric dried, I outlined the leaf with a brown Pigma pen. When I took it out recently I used cotton batting and muslin backing, spray basted it, and quilted it freehand. I used my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) and found it worked quite well for this purpose. (I haven’t been so happy with the BSR on larger projects–as a friend once told me, “It’s like training wheels”, meaning it’s just too slow on something big.) However, I was pleased with the way the BSR worked it on this little piece.
If you want to try leaf pounding, there’s a tutorial here.
And now the question: How should I finish this? I don’t think binding would look right. I have seen leaf pounding pieces framed, so I guess I could mount and frame it. Edge finish with brown satin rat-tail? Face the piece? Other ideas? Thanks, as always, for your suggestions!