Cascade of Leaves “final” sneak peek #4

Good day, my bloggy friends! I hope you have had a good week. Mine was busy, and a bit dis-jointed due to a few unplanned happenings sprinkled throughout the week. I was able to finish and ship off my Cascade of Leaves quilt. The quilt will be featured in the October issue of Quilter’s World:

You remember these yummy fabrics I received a few weeks ago. They are from the Silk Road collection by Benartex:

I have enjoyed working with these fabrics in the Cascade of Leaves quilt. You can see some of the leaves here:

I wanted this quilt to have an overall textured look. So, I first machine-embroidered feather motifs onto the quilt at various random spots:

Then, I filled in with more feathers (done free-hand using my home machine without any prior marking) to give the overall textured look. The only thing is that the background feathers seem to have buried the embroidered feathers. Although I am pleased with the result, I didn’t know if I should have done something different for the background quilting:

Here are more pictures with different lighting:

Here are a couple of pictures of the back:

Thanks for stopping by this week. I have appreciated every one of your comment(s). I am running behind in getting back with you by visiting you back. But I hope to get caught up by this weekend. Take care!

36 thoughts on “Cascade of Leaves “final” sneak peek #4

  1. I love the overall effect. It’s almost like a wonderful find of an older damask tablecloth or something along those lines — fabulously textured with lots of areas to discover when looking at it!

  2. Well, I think it’s incredibly beautiful – I love the effect of the quilting, and the fabric is amazing. I love the leaves. I’ll look for the magazine in October!

  3. I am in love with everything about this quilt. At first glance I thought you had real leaves resting on the quilt because of the shadows. What a cool effect! I could look at this quilt for hours. Beautiful work, as always.

  4. Your Quilt is nothing short of spectacular. Quilting really does make the quilt. Could you tell where we might find the machine embroidery feather motifs you used ? You are an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing.

  5. that is amazing! I absolutely love it. Love the light blue & orange contrast, and I love the embroidery and quilting. I think the embroidery does pop in the right light, a subtle and perfect effect. Great job!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your work and follow your blog regularly :) This quilt is phantastic,I’ve also tried this kind of shadowed applique and the result is amazingly real!

  7. Hi Wendy,
    I just thought I would answer your email here, but first I must tell you that I think the quilt is so beautiful. Once again I love the leaves and the quilting is beyond belief.
    Now to your question, the center basket chart is from “Australian Country Threads”, vol. 2 no. 12. The border designs are from a Christmas stocking that I made for my daughter found in “Christmas Stockings in Cross-stitch” by Kooler Design studio ©1992. I had to chart the one that goes around a corner to make the turn. I’m now working on the top portion (not shown on blog yet), where I have added another border from Christmas stocking book as well as an alphabet from “Cross Stitch and Country Crafts” Mar/Apr 88.
    Once again, lovely, lovely quilt!

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