Thursday, November 7, 2013

Inspired by Nature

Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.
- William Wordsworth

The Dogwood flower and leaves are completed on the crazy quilt block. After viewing the pictures of the leaves of the dogwood tree, I noted they are pointed and curled. This was a little bit of a challenge to design, but once created, they imitated the photo fairly well. Here is a tutorial for these type of leaves.

Start with a 1 inch ribbon and make a series of folds. After the folds are made, tack each fold with little stitches.

Fold one corner down to create a triangle
Fold the opposite corner down to meet the first triangle. Stitch the center together
Flip the ribbon over and it should look like this.
Now repeat the procedure on the other end of your ribbon. Add embroidery fly stitches to the surface and pull slightly to make the leaf curl. Attach to your flower base and the flower is complete.

Sitting in the sunny garden, I was able to finish the dogwood and add a few borders.
Nature is so inspiring and has taught me to be grateful for the beauty around me.

Until next time... 


  1. So beautiful and I adore the beaded centre. There are few things more enjoyable than passing the time in the garden.

  2. Your quilt is a masterpiece Debra! I just realized a week ago what constitutes a true crazy quilt !(the embroidered edges needing to be all different stitches). I now realize what a labor of love this type of quilt is!
    Thank you for dropping by and for your beautiful thoughts and words! Hope you are enjoying the weather today. We are!!
    Much love and continued blessings!

  3. Hi Debra,

    It is all about enjoying all the beauty around us. We do not have Dogwood flowers over here, so good to see yours. Your quilt is beautiful and love the flowers and leaves.
    Thanks for visiting me and hope you are enjoying the week.



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