I grew up on a farm in Missouri and love everything about the country, especially taking walks in the woods. Discovering the tiny treasures that are all around is so wonderful. I miss seeing the sweet little “May apples”. I’m never home for a visit around that time of the year.
I would pick up treasures on my walks like milkweed pods, acorns, and leaves to take home and make some little craft item. Several years I went out to the corn field and picked the perfect cornhusks and silks to make cornhusks dolls. The silks were carefully laid out on boards in the machine shed to dry and turn into their beautiful reddish brown color for hair.
For this quilt I wanted to show a silhouette of a tree at sunset or sunrise. Then I would overlay it with leaves. I used organza for the leaves so that the background would show through and quilted the whole piece adding detail to the tree and leaves. When I put it up on the design wall I couldn’t stand it. It was just globs of color on fabric. There is no photo of that stage because it really looked awful and there was no fixing it. I didn’t think it would even be a component of my final quilt.
I never understood how an artist could throw away or paint over something. This day I understood. I took it to the cutting table and just sliced it up into pieces. Didn’t photograph that either since I just thought I was cutting it up. Then I tossed the pieces into a pile.
Hmm, toss these onto a background fabric. The mystery is trying to see the hidden pieces of nature in them. Once they were on the background fabric I put a tiny smear of glue under each one to hold it in place. The quilting from the original one shows up well so, to make the final quilt I only quilted around each individual piece. I kind of like the batting and backing of the first quilt peeking out. The mystery of nature, art, and quilts all in one little 12x12 piece.