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Anne posted on Sat, Feb 5 2011 6:10 PM

Would like to know if it would change the look of a pattern by adding extra batting to leafs.  I have been making leaf quilts and was wondering if I could put batting behind each individual leaf, add the leaf veins and any other embellishment I wish, trim the batting close to the outline of each leaf, and then sew all the blocks together. Then I would finish the quilt as I normally would.  It would mean that there would be 2 layers of batting in some areas of the quilt and only 1 layer in others. Any advice?

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Marie replied on Sat, Feb 5 2011 6:16 PM

Anne, welcome and my thoughts are it's your piece and whatever makes you happy go for it.  Nothing ventured nothing gained.  Have fun!  Some of the no rule quilts I've seen are amazing!

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Anne,

This is similar to trapunto. Sounds like a great idea to "pop" those leaves and add some texture.

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Anne replied on Sat, Feb 5 2011 6:30 PM

Thanks for the feedback!  I was hoping that it wouldn't make too chunky a quilt.  As for the extra batting, the quilt is going to northern British Columbia so the extra weight and warmth will be appreciated...

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I don't see why it would be a problem.  I do this sometimes on my applique to give it dimension.  I've seen where machine quilters add batting behind parts of their quilt designs and it pops with the added loft for that trapunto effect.  I hope you post a picture when you're done. 

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gini replied on Sun, Feb 6 2011 12:11 AM

anne, it will work fine,  just make sure there is some quilting over it to hold it in place   gini

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gini replied on Sun, Feb 6 2011 12:12 AM

actually, if they are small pieces you won't need to quilt over them.  i will be waiting to see pictures of your leaf quilt   gini

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