Missouri Art Quilt

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On Instagram, there was a swap (Make Yourself At Home swap) that not all the participants sent their mini quilt as they promised, so “angels” were needed. I stepped up because I had an idea and wanted to try it. The swap was to make a mini quilt that represented where you live.


Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt


I took a photo in the fall of the road on the way to our house, and I wanted to try to recreate it in quilt form!
A quick dig through my stash yielded some great fabrics that would work for leaves!

Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt

I quickly sketched out what I wanted to do, and just dove in!

Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt

I sewed some fabrics together to be the background. I originally cut trees out of some RealTree Camo fabric, but I didn't like the way they looked, so I scrapped them.

Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt

Instead, I cut tree and limb shapes out of brown fabric and top stitched them to the background with dark brown thread. I sewed over them many times so the stitches would mimic tree bark.

Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt

Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt

Then I used a rotary cutter to cut batik fabrics into 1/4” squares to make “leaves.” I kept the different colors sorted in small plastic cups. Using my darning foot, I sprinkled some “leaves” on the quilt and quilted over them to hold them in place.
Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
I did this just to the quilt top (no batting or backing fabric), using small swirls to stitch over the confetti-like pieces just as if I was free-motion quilting.
Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
Once I liked how many leaves there were, I added batting and backing fabric.

Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
I free-motion quilted a pebble design onto the road, stitched along the sides of all the trees, and added just a bit of quilted swirls among the trees.
Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
The quilt finished around 18" square. After completing the quilt, I felt like it needed something more, but couldn’t put my finger on it. While working on the quilt, several deer kept frequenting our yard. I decided the quilt needed a deer added!
Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
The day after completely finishing the quilt, I cut out a deer silhouette and ironed it onto the road using Heat-N-Bond.

Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
I mailed the quilt along with some extras (including the mini mini quilt) to Florida!
Missouri fall autumn leaves deer art mini quilt
I hope the recipient enjoys this quilty peek into the country life in Missouri!

A landscape art quilt using fabric confetti for leaves!


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