Thursday, January 6, 2011

Leaves of Green: A free pattern!


This month, I am Designer of the Month for Aurifil thread, and my Leaves of Green pattern (shown above) is available as a free download on the Aurifil blog. Pat Sloan, who is organizing the Designer of the Month program for Aurifil, did a little write-up on me, and the link to the PDF download is at the end of the post. (By the way, Pat Sloan is a sweetheart… she is one of the nicest and most energetic quilters I have ever met.)


I made Leaves of Green using needleturn appliqué, but you could use a fusible or machine appliqué technique.  The 25 little 6" blocks are a perfect portable project, and the simple shapes are easy to appliqué, so it would be a great project for a beginner. 



 I quilted it with an overall leaf design to add lots of texture. 


Each month, Pat will be writing about another designer who is offering another free pattern. If you make the project and share your photos in the Flickr account set up for the Designer of the Month program, you have a chance to win fabulous packages of Aurifil thread! So please stay tuned… it is going to be fun! 


GIVEAWAY!
And to make it even more fun, I’m going to be giving away a pack of Aurifil minispools (shown above) each month when the new project is announced. Just leave me a comment here to tell me what you think of Leaves of Green, and I'll pull a name at random next Friday, Jan. 14 at noon. The sampler pack includes great colors in different weights.
We have a winner: Corinne from upstate NY!

126 comments:

  1. Congratulations and thank you for pointing us in the right direction for the pattern! Your quilt is beautiful and looks like fun to make, too.

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  2. I think it's way cool...love the background filler design.

    Marilyn
    marilynjw1971@gmail.com

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  3. Your pattern is simply beautiful!

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  4. I love your Leaves of Green quilt and I have downloaded the pattern - thank you!
    I also loved the 'citrus quilt' shown in your interview (sory I couldn't find a name!)

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  5. Simple concept, stunning finish! Your background quilting is what 'makes' the quilt! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. I love the way the quilting echoes and emphasizes the applique simultaneously. A very beautiful and soothing quilt.

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  7. I love the way the quilting both echoes and emphasizes the leaf motif. The beauty of the quilt stems from a mix of soothing blues, vivid greens and a splash of red/pink.

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  8. Thank you, Susan!! Your quilt is beautiful and love how it is quilted!! Very generous of you to share with us. Looks like a great "take along" project!!

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  9. It's quite lovely, and I love the filler design, as well as the COLOR. Great design... simplicity at it's best!

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  10. I love the texture in the background and the colors are so soothing.

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  11. I love this pattern. Thank you for sharing it with us. I would love to win this thread pack. I am always wanting to try different products. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  12. Being a person who hasn't yet taken the plunge into applique, I think this is a pattern that perhaps I could actually handle. Not to many twists and bends.. Well, we shall see :) Thank you so much for sharing your design and talents with us!

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  13. Wow, Susan. Nice Leaves of Green. Congrats on your Desiger award. You have much patience to do the needle turn work on it. My fav is the excellent machine quilting you did. Kudos!

    Bobbie
    fiberartBV@aol.com

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  14. I really love your quilting design! It is so beautiful and really compliments the quilt. Great job in the project and interview!

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  15. I love the blue background with the green leaves - beautiful! I also love the threads! Thanks for the chance!

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  16. I think this is a doable pattern for needle turn. I'm new to needle turn and I'm going to give this pattern a try.....you circles are sEw perfect. Thanks for sharing:)

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  17. Such a sweet pattern! I love the quilting you did too.

    I have wanted to try Aurifil for a while so winning your giveaway would get me started. Thanks.

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  18. It is beautiful, I love the choice of your background colour.

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  19. Beautiful pattern and I was just reading the interview.
    Wonderful to learn more about you and how you create.

    Debbie

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  20. Very nice article on Aurifil thread site. This quilt project is great for those who want to practice their applique technique without dealing with fitting a lot of pieces together.

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  21. Leaves of Green ius very pretty and looks easy enough for me to do! Would love to win the threadpack!
    Sue J

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  22. Love your pattern and will definitely download! My favorite part is your quilting. Your work is beautiful!
    gvcathy@yahoo.com

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  23. Oooh, love the pattern AND the thread -- Aurifil is my favorite thread to work with. The colors you've used here are so luscious -- beautiful job.

    I've got my fingers crossed . . .

    Diane

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  24. I love the colors. The quilting is a perfect compliment (I almost said contrast because it makes the leaves pop!).

    Oooh! I'd love to win the thread!

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  25. Susan, this is terrific. Thanks for the opportunity. Nancy

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  26. Congratulations! I really like your Leaves of Green quilt. It is a very simple pattern that you have elaborated upon very nicely. I especially like the quilting between each applique. Looking at how you quilted it -- after the applique, I think -- makes me remember how I need to slow down and be patient to achieve the look I am aiming for.

    I hope I win the thread -- have heard great things about Aurifil but never used any.

    Peace and Joy
    Kathie in NC

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  27. Your quilt is really beautiful. I love the colours and the quilting is amazing.
    Laura

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  28. Congratulations. Your quilt is so cheerful - it would be great for a baby quilt. I love Aurifil threads - I have one box and I use it sparingly, making myself us up all my old yucky threads unless it's a very special project.

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  29. Lovely quilt! The colors are spring-like---just what we need for this time of year!

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  30. Congratulations!

    Saw your post on the digest and thought I'd swing by for a chance at the thread - but your quilt is gorgeous as is your blog!

    Cheers!

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  31. Susan I love the colors of the quilt. It is amazing how well the blue thread blends with the different colors of fabric used.

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  32. I loved your interview. I have your first DVD and just loved it. I will be buying your new DVD. I have printed your pattern and will be making it. Thank you.

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  33. Love the Quilt! Also--congrats on you being the 1st! Aurifil is the BESTEST!

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  34. Congratulations. Love you project!

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  35. YES! I need a Portable Pattern to do while I go visit new Grandbabies this year. I like the Turquiose you used in the sample quilt. The intricate quilting is perfect! I've gotta try some of that Aurifil thread on my machine...

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  36. I think I will do this in a little smaller scale for my kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Wonderful beautiful work very beautiful colour world I like it .I am lucky maybe my birthday will be old but would be beautiful :))

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  38. I really liek Leaves of Green - it reminds me of leaves floating in a pond.

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  39. Susan, what a great filler design for "Leaves of Green" - your work is always inspiring!

    Count me in on the Aurifil mini-spool give-away, please. I just bought a couple of spools of the heavier weight poly and can't wait to take them out for a test drive. :o)

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  40. Susan, I love L-U-V your Leaves of Green quilt...especially the quilting. I'm working my way through your first DVD to improve my own quilting, and thus have such a greater appreciation for really great quilting (like yours) now that I'm trying my own hand at it. Thanks for the free pattern. Mama Crow

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  41. Hey Susan,
    Love the Leaves of Green quilt. I don't see me having time to actually get it done for the contest though. That whole hand applique thing is taking me forever to get up to speed with.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Love seeing what you're up to on Facebook.

    Cheers,
    Michele

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  42. I adore this quilt!! The color choices and the quilting both, but best are the "berries" so joyful, juicy and yummy! Thanks for the chance to win the Aurifil thread..that would sure be an inspiration for a new project.

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  43. This quilt is so bright and cheery. Love the variety of greens in it. Makes me want warm spring weather to hurry up.

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  44. This is a lovely small quilt project, imminently portable, so you can work on it when you have an opportune moment. Colors are vibrant, and love that none of the leaves are the same, provides interest. Quilting is so appropriate, it could be nothing else.

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  45. Love it! Love the background fill! It really makes the leaves pop. I have been wanting to try Aurifil thread but just haven't gotten around to ordering any. This year for sure!

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  46. Leaves of Green is a cute quilt that with its smaller size I can see as either a topper or a wall hanging.
    It certainly perks up the day with all its color and stitching.
    I've downloaded the pdf in hopes of finding/making time in 2011 to make one for myself.

    Thanks the the inspiration

    Gerry

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  47. Hi Susan! I think your Leaves of Green pattern is lovely. Simple and green as nature is. Thanks for sharing with us! Györgyi

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  48. Such a sweet design. The quilting really sets it off. Love it!

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  49. It is nice to see green when everything outside is white. Your work is always lovely.

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  50. Cool, cool, cool! Love the leaf quilting!

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  51. "Leaves" brightened a gray wintery day. The quilting gives me an idea for finishing a UFO.

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  52. Lovely quilt made even better by spectacular quilting

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  53. Your "Leaves of Green" pattern may convince novice appliquers to take the plunge. I like that this is such a portable project. The quilting makes the leaves pop. You have thought of everything with this pattern that is both basic and visually interesting - something that is very hard to successfully combine.

    Cheers,
    Lunachance
    Redmond, WA

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  54. I like the pattern especially the color choices even if applique isn't my thing.
    Edith

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  55. Love the quilt. With these colors it looks very spring-like and cool, but I can see it in other colors as very cozy for winter. The contrast between the leaves and the quilted background is great.

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  56. I wish one day to be able to quilt like that. Leaves of Green is a wonderful pattern. (I'm going to try to do it.)
    Thanks.
    Sewseams

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  57. Your quilt is beautiful! Your background quilting is so pretty. I'm trying to improve my quilting using your DVD's as inspiration. Thanks for the pattern, too.

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  58. Congratulations! What an awesome honor! The quilt is alsos beautiful and I love all the colors.

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  59. Love the article. I've printed out the pattern and will try to make a smaller version.
    I'm enjoying following along on your sketch a day endeavor. Good luck with that.

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  60. Hi Susan,
    The leaves are a great background pattern. Love the blue! Thanks for the Aurifil giveaway opportunity! Aurifil is AWESOME!

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  61. I love the design and the machine quilting...thanks for the giveaway...I have never used that thread...would love to try it..

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  62. Deborah Lamb-MechanickJanuary 6, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I love the combination of traditional needle turn applique and machine quilting. The background filler is so harmonious! Thanks for sharing such a creative idea.

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  63. Absolutely love the quilting. Also the beautiful flowers make me anxious for spring.

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  64. beautiful quilting and the flowers make me anxious for spring.

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  65. How wonderful!! Loving your quilt.

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  66. I love Leaves of Green! Thanks for the pattern and the giveaway!

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  67. I am overwhelmed by your hand applique. It is not something I could ever do. I'd like to learn machine applique. However, it does make a nice 'take along project'. The quilting is MARVELOUS. I've never used that Aurifil thread. Might be interesting to try.

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  68. Like "leaves of green" very much. Just wondering if I have enough of something in my stash that I can use for the background.

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  69. I love your Leaves of Green pattern and use Aurifil thread all the time. I am watching your free motion video too, great information.

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  70. This is the best thread ever! I was so excited when I saw this giveaway. I love applique and this is great thread for that too.

    Leaves of Green is a really sweet pattern. Nice and simple is sometimes best. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. Love the quilted leaves. A girl can not have to much thread, can she?

    Rosemary
    cntryways@att.net

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  72. Your project is AMAZING! I'm so pleased to have you as my friend!!

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  73. Wonderful quilt! I'd love to try out those threads.

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  74. This quilt is awesome.. I'm just getting into domestic machine freemotion.. this is a great pattern.. I've just d/loaded the pdf Thanks!

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  75. Congratulations on your being the lead off designer. The quilt is beautiful, though would be challenging for me as have never done applique and FMQ. Both are things I want to learn. Thanks for the giveaway and the free pattern. I've already downloaded leaves of green to read further.

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  76. I adore Aurifil thread, and my machine just loves it. Your project is very easy on the eyes, too.

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  77. Congratulations! I went right over and downloaded the pattern. I really like the leaf quilting and am going to give it a try. Your work is amazing and inspirational!

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  78. Oh it's really pretty, I love the way it looks like leaves and flowers all at the same time.

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  79. Your quilt is beautiful and looks easy enough for someone who has not done much applique. I am going to try this pattern. I love the way you filled in with all those leaves. Now to go download the pattern.

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  80. Thank you so uch for sharing your wonderful applique pattern with us. I love the leaf pattern you used to quilt it. I think this will ae a great "take along" project.

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  81. lovely work. Looking forward to meeting you next week in Chevy Chase! Please enter me in the drawing.
    Sue

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  82. love the leaves pattern. I think this could be done in all kinds of fabrics for a different look. Not an applique person but might have to try this.

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  83. simple but absolutely stunning!

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  84. How could you not love thread that bills itself as "feeling the thread of yur passions"? That would certainly inspire me to great things!

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  85. Congratulations! Very nice quilt. What a coincidence that I ordered your newest QA workshop a few days ago too. I'm looking forward to viewing it and learning more about threadsketching. I do some threadsketching, but need all the info I can get.

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  86. I loved that pattern and just downloaded it. If my version of Leaves of Green comes out half as good as yours I'll be thrilled. Thank you!

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  87. Love the Leaves of Green Pattern. Downloaded it and want to make it.

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  88. The colors make me think of beautiful aqua water, tropical flowers and warm sun. Just what I needed as we watch the snowfall!

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  89. I love the design, and the colors you chose!

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  90. What a great feeling this must have given you! A quilter's rush! :o) I like the overall design as it would be great as a scrappy quilt also.

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  91. I love the Leaves of Green quilt.Aurofil is my favorite thread.

    Debbie
    dvonachen@yahoo.com

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  92. Your overall leaf design is fabulous! Aurifil thread is the best.

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  93. Deceptively simple quilt but the quilting really makes it outstanding.

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  94. Love the quilt - the colors are just gorgeous!

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  95. Absolutely gorgeous, love the colors. I love how simple designs can become complicated and elegant!

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  96. *Love* the pattern, and how the machine quilting suits it to a "T"!

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  97. Oh, what a perfect pattern to welcome Spring. It is coming, is it not? I am so ready! Every year the cold is harder to tolerate.
    I will be going to my studio tomorrow (my birthday) to select the brightest greens that I can find.

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  98. Love the quilt and the quilting. Your work is very inspiring...thanks for sharing it with us.
    I love honeycrisps too.
    diane p

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  99. Thanks for sharing your talents. The photo is fabulous but the "in person" will blow your socks off. Loved being able to see and touch at the Charlotte Quilter Guild. Susan, thanks for the inspiration.

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  100. Beautiful quilt! Love the background leaves. Would like to try to do that, too.
    Lois in VA

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  101. Great pattern. LOVE all of your work!!

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  102. Susan...I love the free motions leaves on Leaves of Green...inspiring!

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  103. It is beautiful. I love anything with leaves and this piece immediatly caught my attention. Thank you for the chance to win. I love this thread.

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  104. I love anything with leaves and as soon as I saw it I knew I would want to make it. Thank you for the chance to win my favorite thread.

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  105. I enjoy the simplicity of the quilt design. The added texture of the background quilting is lovely.

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  106. I love the background filler pattern. Sets off the applique perfectly!!

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  107. Wow a beutiful quilt.Thanks for sharing. I would love to try out those yummy threads.
    Margaret P. in soggy Australia

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  108. Love your Leaves of Green. You are such a talented artist & quilter. Love looking at your work.

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  109. I love the colors in this quilt. The green really pops on that blue. Great job!

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  110. For some reason I have been focused on leaves and trees in my recent quilting - this would be a welcome project.

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  111. The quilt is cute. I like the leaf design for the quilting. It has the same effect as stippling, but looks much simpler to do. Love you work and your blog!

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  112. The quilting and the applique go together so amazingly. I have never seen that type of quilting. Congratulations!

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  113. Amazing quilting. It goes so well with the design.

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  114. I really love your leaves of green... and it's true, it's a nice first quilt for a beginner... you really make adorable things, i really looooovee your peacock and your pumpkins... keep up !!! it's the first time i heard of you thanks to pat sloan at facebook, but it sure won't be the last time !!!
    greetz from belgium,
    veronique

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  115. That is an awesome quilt. I like the idea of the six inch squares...just the perfect size for toting around in the purse.

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  116. Love Leaves of green! The quilted leaves are wonderful and they really compliment the applique in the quilt.

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  117. Leaves of Green is beautiful. Inspires me to do some applique. Love your work!

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  118. I love your Leaves of Green. The way the blue background makes the green come forward is great!
    Pam Beam

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  119. I love your Leaves of Green design but especially like the background quilting motif which repeats the leaf shape.

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  120. I love this pattern, I can't wait to print to use my scraps to make. Thanks for sharing.

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  121. I love how the leaves are neatly stacked by color. The leaves in my yard are never so organized!

    I do a fair amount of fusable applique, but it's great to see the dimentionality one can achieve with needleturn applique. I may have to try that someday.

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