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Grapes, grapes, grapes [Jun. 7th, 2010|08:20 am]

Working on the grapevine going down down, Working on the grapevine..

Almost done with all the grapes, there are only two more clusters to go.  Next up, Leaves of Doom. DOOM!  Seriously, these things (in order to actually look like grape leaves, and not miscellaneous ivy) have teeny tiny serrations on all edges.  I am not sure that is going to work in straight applique at this scale.  Well, the only way to tell is to try one, and if it doesn't work, ribbit, ribbit.  Another option is to add embroidery to make the serrations (a popular technique in traditional Baltimore Album applique) and if the regular stitching fails that's what I will do.

Check out other wonderful projects on Judy Laquidara's Design Wall Monday.  Lots of inspiration and encouragement to be had!

From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-07 02:55 pm (UTC)

Beautiful Grapes!

I admire our determination and attention to detail, but don't you think those fabulous grapes are going to make whatever leaves you add read as a grapevine?

A million years ago (before I was a quilter), I took a class in ribbon work, where we made leaves and flowers from ribbon. The rule I learned from Candice Kling was, regardless of color (or anything else) if it has a point, it will look like a leaf, if it is round, it will look like a petal. She is, obviously, a lot less literal about her approach to her art than you ;-)
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[User Picture]From: catlinye_maker
2010-06-07 03:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Beautiful Grapes!

Yeah, it's a twitch of mine. I really want leaves and such to be "realistic" insofar as possible, to the extent of modifying patterns to make things look right.

The last applique project I did had acorns (simple teardrop shapes) and grapes with oak leaves and I just couldn't stand it so it was revised to be acorns with proper caps and oak leaves. The grapes moved to this project, which will eventually merged with the earlier wreath to make one decorative box. Link: http://pics.livejournal.com/catlinye_maker/pic/00035b2g/g12

Ref the points are leaves, round is petals, in Baltimore, if it's pointed and brownish it's an acorn, if it's pointed and pink or red it's a rosebud.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-07 04:59 pm (UTC)
The tiny picture doesn't do your grapes justice as they look terrific in the larger picture!! I'm just guessing but I'll bet you'll end up doing embroidery on the leaves.
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[User Picture]From: catlinye_maker
2010-06-07 08:50 pm (UTC)
More than likely. But I can't not try applique first. :)
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-08 02:48 am (UTC)


You are a better person that I. Your applique is beautiful.

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[User Picture]From: catlinye_maker
2010-06-08 03:26 am (UTC)

Re: grapes

Thank you very much for the complement!
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