Layered Leaves I (Book Cover)

Layered Leaves I (Book Cover)

It is widely acknowledged in the quilting world that keeping a sketchbook is a very good idea. In the best case, this sketchbook travels with you everywhere and is the last thing you “speak” to in the evening and the first to be told about your dreams when you wake up in the morning. It is evident that a confidante of such importance must be adequately dressed.

Feeling autumn already creeping up on us from every angle, we thought that falling leaves would be a very nice motif for our book cover. But as we are still a little reluctant to accept that summer is preparing for its final curtain of this year, we chose leaves in funky colours and gave them an interesting and multi-facetted environment.

The result is a surface which doesn’t reveal all its layers at once. The colour play fools the eye of the onlooker and only at second glance is it evident that the background fabric is actually black.

Layered Leaves I

It is a lot of fun building the layers and playing with different patterns, adding objects and layers and machine quilting with easy, yet attractive leafy stems. The leaves which can be found at craft shops are attached to the background fabric with the help of textile repair powder after the (solid) fabric has been given some texture with a leaf-patterned rubbing plate and an iridescent oil paint-stick (silver in our case). To protect the leaves, everything is covered by a piece of bright red tulle. After sandwiching and cutting to size, the piece is machine quilted using a simple continuous free-motion quilt motif representing a creeping plant with lots of curvy leaves.



  • Frottage
  • Collage
  • Machine quilting



Materials needed

  • a blank DIN A 4 or letter format notebook (ideally hardcover)
  • two pieces of solid black fabric: The fabric will eventually be cut back to ca. 13" (33 cm) by 28" (71 cm) for A4 and 12" (30.5 cm) by 28” (71 cm) for letter format. We recommend cutting the pieces with a margin of ca. 3” (7.5 cm) because machine quilting will always have an influence on the finished size.
  • a piece of fusible batting ca. 12½" by 27½" for A4 and 11½” by 27½” for letter format
  • rubbing plates with leafy patterns
  • an oil paint-stick in silver
  • decorative leaves (see picture to see what we used)


  • textile repair powder
  • a piece of coloured tulle
  • a piece of round elastic cord in a matching colour (approximately 15” or ca. 40 cm long and ca 2.5 mm in diameter)
  • machine quilting thread

Other tools and notions needed

  • rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler
  • sewing machine
  • iron and ironing board
  • a piece of baking parchment or a Teflon sheet
  • marking pencils that will show up on the solid fabric pieces ( e. g. soft pencil for light fabrics, water soluble white or yellow pencils for dark fabrics)
  • sewing needles (e. g. sharps)

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