used by permission
from Guidestuff and Green Machine
Green Week Issue
Have you ever made a quilt? A really simple kind is called a "Tied Quilt".
It is made of squares sewn together, and sewn in the corners of the squares through the padding and backing.
Lap quilts, used by many seniors to keep their knees warm, would be a good project to undertake.
Buy some green and white fabric - cotton broadcloth is best.
- Cut or tear the fabric into squares about 10cm square.
- Collect some leaves, such as oak, maple, spruce, balsam, ferns, etc.
- Using white acrylic paint, paint over the leaf (underside often prints better than the top), then place it carefully on a green square and roll over it with a printing roller or a rolling pin.
- Remove very carefully so the paint doesn't smudge.
- Do the same with the white squares, only use green acrylic paint.
- Leaves print beautifully.
- When the squares are dry, they can be sewn together with a sewing machine.
- Use quilt batting as padding, with a plain backing fabric.
- Finish the edges, then "tie" the corners with a few stitches.
Many quilters like to use coloured yarn to "tie" the corners - you could use green or white yarn on your quilt.
Lap quilts should be about 1 metre square.
Used by permission from Guidestuff and Green Machine, Nov.1986 no.81, Green