This is how it all started. I had been wanting to create the long version of the Kimono Jacket, after all it has pockets and is easy to wear. This button from JJ Handworks was my inspiration. I also wanted to use some to the pieces that I had created using paintstiks on hand dyed fabric combined with hand marbled fabric and a beautiful batik.
I wanted to experiment with different styles of fill in Free Motion Machine Quilting and thread. So each section is a bit different design and thread. I have fallen in love with Wonderfil Thread. This was a wonderful way to get to know some of their different threads and I had a great time playing with thread.
I will confess that the Left side (the black with all the falling leaves) is not the original panel. I did one using thread and I was just not happy with the way it turn out. By that time I no longer had any more of the original batik. I know me and if I don’t love my wearable pieces I won’t wear them. So the jacket was on hold until inspiration hit.
I’m part of a Art Quilt group and one day we were playing with paintstiks and this idea just sort of fell together and Im so happy with the way Kimono Leaves turned out. It was worth all of the time and energy.