When it was quilted I mounded some beads in flower centers, meaning I bring the needle out on one side, string some beads, and go back into the top shorter than the line of beads so they pop up when I pull the thread taut, over and over.
I have long enjoyed 3-d elements on my quilts and added in a big pieced, and quilted leaf by rouching it to the finished quilt.
it was first quilted, then cut into a big leaf shape and as I hand stitched it to the quilt, I bunched it up, folded bits and gathered them, pushed it so that it would look somewhat like a real leaf might. Note the quilt was finished, and bound before adding this. Beads went on after to catch the light as highlights would on a dewy leaf.
when I do that I don't go all the way to the backing, I trail thread thru the batting. Note a use of metallic threads and some 2 ply cotton threads to create texture without being attention getting.
beads along the edge of the leaf were done like a blanket stitch
So, paint play is fun... layering color is fun... stencils and stamps and inks are fun...
are you ready to play???
this one is on the mantel easel to enjoy during February!
and for Spirit Sunday
and this quote by Buddha
your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it