Thursday, 20 February 2014

Free Motion Oak Leaves on Bronze

This is a re-working of the oak leaves design, this time on a gorgeous shot cotton from Oakshott, a deep gold woven with dark red, and which has a wonderful autumnal golden bronze colour in real life. The leaves are worked on a slightly smaller scale than the original test piece I did, and consequently the acorns had to be a bit smaller.  They ended up being a bit fiddly, so I didn't do as many.  On the right hand side of the panel I have done the leaves and berries shown in a previous picture.  The colours in the latest photo are far more accurate - months of grey skies mean rubbish photos and lots of cheating with the computer so you can see the stitching.

The quilting on the random coloured strip down the centre is a bit cramped.  There is some nice wobbly stitching in there, but it looks fine from a distance.  I have done a much simpler pattern on the panels I did after this one, just a line of spirals, and it looks far better.

With these panels, because I am doing different designs separated by a small strip, I have had to make sure that the density of the quilting is consistent over the entire panel.  I remember seeing Leah Day explaining this in one of her videos, and showing how dense quilting in one part of the quilt can lead to fullness in adjacent parts of the quilt that are less densely quilted. So far so good... getting plenty of practice makes it easier to keep the density of the quilting reasonably consistent.

Linking up today to Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Leah Day's blog for Free Motion Friday


  1. Your leaves look great and I LOVE the material. I ordered a bunch of Oakshott and it comes today!! I'm so excited :)

    1. Thank you QM - Lucky you - you will be in love with the colours as soon as you set eyes on them.

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  3. Ooooooh, that is an awesome quilting design! They look amazing on that fabric and the thread is perfect too:)

  4. LOVE the leaves. Fabulous quilting!

  5. Love your leaves. I have just started working on my free motion quilting. I have a long way to go before it looks like this. Nice quilting.

  6. your leaves look fantastic! especially against that fabric with the variegated thread!

    I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  7. How lovely! Your color combos are always great, and your beautiful stitching makes me want to experiment with variegated threads. Hope your weather has improved tremendously!

  8. Wonderful quilting! I love your oak leaves.



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