Some examples of leaves that you would never want to hand applique, am I right? But cutting and fusing them is quick and easy. Here are steps to achieve this result. Note: use any color fabric for your practice pieces for this lesson.
Repeat on the second side. You may fuse this to a contrasting fabric, and then cut it to match the edges, or just keep this leaf fused, lightly, to the release paper, for future use.
I found this painting which had very similar leaves. And what about this stamp, with our favorite dots. So clever. Birgit Koopsen
To cut the larger fern leaf in the tulip quilt above, cut a longer shape with a stem end. Use your soap sliver to draw it out if necessary.
Cut almost to the side of the shape, alternating sides.
The soap lines disappear when the iron melts them.
|27 Gingkos by Ann Fahl|
We love the shape of Ginkgo leaves, and lucky for me, Main and Market streets are lined with these beautiful trees, so I could just grab a few for examples.
Add a skimpy bit for the stem, just fusing it in place.
Nasturtium leaves are another favorite and the easy way to get that white veining is to do as follows.
|Garden Nasturtium by Jungsun Jung, not fused, so it took forever!|
Cut a round-ish shape.
Snip away each section, either almost to the center, or all the way, keeping the sections in order, so you can replace them on white fabric later.
This version keeps the sections intact, and then cut a little circle in the center.
And then there are the really simple leaf shapes, which can easily be cut in masses and added to designs, with dots of course!
|Tapestry by Evelyn Ackerman|
|New Big Leaf by Pat Pauly|
|Priscilla Kibbee - If leaves were blue|
Some oak leaf shapes are used in this piece all about leaves. The three log cabin blocks at the top are also fused, not pieced.