WIP Wednesday: leaves, leaves, and more leaves

The deadline for finishing this quilt is looming, so I spent nearly all of my crafting time last weekend working on it. Of course my plans for this quilt mean that there are a TON of leaves to attach, and of course I decided to do them all by hand, which takes longer than if I did them with a fusable product or by machine.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

I started out by placing the leaves where I wanted them, just arranging without fastening anything in place.

ALL THE PINS #artquilt

Then I pinned everything in place. USE ALL THE PINS!

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

Then I started sewing them on. Thank goodness for the Ott Light I got on a super deal at Joann last year – the light was awful this weekend as it was snowing, sleeting, and raining pretty much the whole time.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

Many hours of podcasts later, all the leaves were stitched in place! I finished off the weekend by cutting out the batting and backing fabric. I will hopefully grab a few minutes each weeknight this week to make the quilt sandwich and start quilting!

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WIP Wednesday: even more leaves

Last week I got a start on cutting out a zillion leaves for my Fall Frolic quilt, and this weekend I continued working on those trees.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

I want to provide a background for the trees themselves, since I’m not planning on showing any exposed branches. I didn’t want the edges of this background to show as distinct from the leaves that will go over top, though, so I used my leaf templates to cut out leaf shapes along the edges of the background pieces.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

These pieces may very well end up completely covered, but I just wanted to be sure that the foliage seemed solid underneath the individual leaf pieces.

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

I also started working on the foreground, with this cauldron and flames. I started working on the witches as well, but didn’t get too far yet. Next weekend I hope to get those complete!

Art quilt WIP: Fall Frolic

It has been pretty busy in CraftyTown lately – I have a lot of things on the work table (and still trying to find a good replacement work table).

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WIP Wednesday: fall frolic leaves

This past weekend I started working on the leaves for my fall frolic quilt.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

This is the required fabric for this challenge – it must be incorporated in some way into the final product. I decided that I will cut out some individual leaves from this piece and use them as pieces along with a bunch more leaves from other fabrics. I’m not super hot on the green tones in the sample fabric, so this way I can stick with the more traditional fall colors.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

I held the fabric up to the window and traced around a few of the leaves to make templates, which I then cut out. This was one of those times when I was very careful to pick up the right pair of scissors so I didn’t accidentally cut paper with my fabric shears (THE HORROR!).

I had already picked out some fabrics from my stash in colors that work with the challenge fabric, and then I used my templates to cut out a ton of these little leaves.

Art quilt WIP:Fall Frolic

I just did reds at this point, but I may go through and do some oranges as well. I’d like to avoid the golds so they don’t get too confused with the sunset in the background. I also cut out some tree trunks to support all these leaves, but neglected to take a photograph of those. I really need to figure out the witches next!

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de-gorgeous

Today has been, in the words of Lady Miss Kier, de-gorgeous! I started out this morning by freeing the tulip leaves in the driveway-side bed from the leaf mulch that was strangling them.

driveway-side bed

There are also iris coming up along the fence, and some daylilies sprouting. K also got out the Sawzall and cut down the stumps of the weed tree that we’ve been trying to kill behind the garage:

weed tree stump

weed tree stump cuttings

What an ugly mess! After doing that, we went to the Despot and picked up some lumber to create raised beds in the veg garden. We also bought some stump killer which we applied to this stump when we got home. I’m usually loathe to use chemicals of any kind on our property, but this tree is tenacious and I want it dead. It’s also in the best possible place to need to use chemicals – behind the garage and a distance from anything growing, and totally out of bounds for the dogs.

The raised beds were SO easy to build! I’d measured out how much space I wanted to cover, so we had the store cut the boards to length for us. The hinges I got for my bday last fall worked quite well! (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)

raised beds!

raised beds!

raised beds!

K kindly pitchforked the compost piles and transported a whole bunch of lovely, delicious-smelling compost from the bottom of the piles to these beds. I need to figure out how much soil it’ll take to fill these in and arrange to have that delivered.

raised beds!

I also cleared out some more thick leaf piles from the garage-side bed where tons of daylilies and other things are coming up:

garage-side beds

As you can see I didn’t clear away nearly all the leaves, but I had mulched it so thickly that I needed to take some out to let these guys grow.

After that, we finally finished scooping poop and raking the back yard and K did the first mowing while I pruned back some perennials. The yard is definitely showing some signs of dogs living here:

back yard

We seeded a bunch of white clover in the far back right corner last summer and it took really nicely back there, so I’ll probably order some more seed this year. There are also a lot of weird bumpy patches and big areas of crab grass throughout the yard, so we might end up fencing off sections, digging up the turf and re-seeding with clover. Did you know that white dutch clover does not turn yellow when dogs pee on it? You can also mow it like grass.

The dogs, of course, were delighted with all the lovely smells that we stirred up by mowing and spent some quality time snuffling around.

Brodie and Logan

Logan

Logan looks so regal basking in the sun, doesn’t she?

When I was pruning, I noticed that I have asparagus coming up!

asparagus!

This is the third year for the asparagus (since I planted it from seed) and it looks like it will finally be big enough to eat this year. These shoots are about half the width of my pinky finger and only about four inches tall, so they’ve got some room to grow.

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fallen

We decided that we’re officially not raking any leaves in the front yard this year, since the leaves will just add to the composting mulch that is smothering the grass. Oddly enough, though, the leaves aren’t sticking to the mulch much and are just blowing away into the neighbors’ lawns. We do have a few little eddies of leaves in the driveway, occasionally, like this one.

fallen leaves

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