Leaf Skeletons and Chicken Feathers

Remember the leaf skeletons I mentioned in my last post?  Here is a picture of the smallest one.  It is about 3″ long and missing a good bit of the very fine veining.  I scanned the leaf and enlarged it, printing it on nine 8.5″x11″ sheets of paper.

magnolia leaf skeletonscan of leaf skeleton

The next step was to trace this image onto tracing paper, and from there, to make a second tracing onto a water soluble substrate.  This was layered onto the quilt sandwich and stitched through all four layers with black thread.

leaf skeleton stitchingleaf skeleton

I auditioned several ideas for quilting and by far the best one was echo quilting.  I did this before dissolving the substrate, and because it needed to be very wet to do that, the piece needed to be blocked.  A narrow black binding completed the work.

leaf skeleton blockingLeaf skeleton 2

In keeping with the black and white theme, I love the barred rock chickens our son owns.  The rooster has the most beautiful tail feathers and the hens are gentle and sweet.  Pretty, aren’t they?

Barred Rock Chickensbarred rock roster feathers

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