Monday, November 1, 2010

Autumn Leaves

Rust made me think of autumn leaves. That's why I chose several of my leaves photos as the starting point for the quilt. Mainly a picture of a pond in Japan, where I really liked the way the leaves were floating on the water.
I had to do several dyeing sessions to get the colour shades I really wanted to have. I also collected many fallen leaves during my walks, to find the right shape for the three leaves.
I did all the stitching by machine except for the few detached chain stitches.
This was a pleasant challenge to work on, pretty stress-free, although I've only put the last stitches on this morning. Thank you Terri!
I've posted some close-up pictures on my blog.

8 comments:

Gerrie said...

You did a fabulous job with those colors!! It sings autumn! I like that you used different values of the rust colr.

Diane said...

Francoise, this has such a lovely elegance and simplicity to it. I really admire how you can use the space in 12 inches so effectively but with a sense of spareness that is somewhat asian in style (to my eye anyway). The leaf outlines work beautifully and I LOVE how you've added those little stitches -- wonderful tiny details that add so much.

Terry said...

Like Gerrie and Diane, I am always impressed with the elegance and simplicity of your work. This piece feels so warm and rich. The addition of the golds is perfect, and that lighter area right in the center just draws me into the heart of this piece. Lovely.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I thought of autumn leaves during this challenge too. Love how you incorporated your leaf images in this and that you've given it your signature look.

Kristin L said...

It's like a quiet walk through autumn woods, with bits of clear blue sky peeking through the vibrant foliage.

Karen said...

Those little chain stitches make all the difference Françoise, and the colors are really amazing, it looks like fall.

kirsty said...

I agree with the others - the detached chains are a magic touch. I also love the strong blue vertical line. I've always noticed (and maybe not mentioned before) that it is impossible to judge the scale of your quilts - this could be 5 metres square and still look superb. You have a gift for balancing!

Helen Conway said...

So neat! So restful. So balanced. I need to come and live in one of your quilts.