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My inspiration for this particular fun wall-hanging, comes from nature. As children, we used to draw scribble patterns and colour these in using different colours. I looked at the huge variety of leaf shapes on my morning walks and those in my garden when I designed this work. If you look carefully, you will see a different leaf pattern in each of the scribble patterns. I enhanced it by following the main scribble line with a couched silver cord.

Zentangle Leaf Quilt


2 X 60cm X 50cm dark green (or your favourite colour) background fabric.

2 X 61cm X 51cm Loomtex batting

Neon green Isacord machine embroidery thread.

Black Isacord machine embroidery thread.

Grey Isacord machine embroidery thread.

Black all purpose thread.

Silver metallic thread

2 metres silver cord

Black 100% cotton, enough for narrow binding.

Spray glue or Quilting safety pins

Quilting gloves

Prym marker

A good imagination!

Imaginary leaf shapes in each scribble pattern.


Use you long ruler and draw a rectangle of 44cm X 33cm in the centre of the dark green fabric.

Use the Prym chalk marker and draw a simple scribble pattern in the rectangle.

Layer backing, 2 X Loomtex batting and quilt top together, using spray glue or quilting safety pins.

Thread your machine with neon green thread and use foot #97D or a walking foot to stitch on the scribble pattern through all layers.

Stitch on the drawn rectangle.

Set your machine up for FMQ and thread with neon green top and bobbin. You will need foot # 24.

Use your imagination as well as leaf shapes in nature to draw interesting leaf patterns in each of the scribble shapes. Leave the shapes touching the rectangle open. Don’t repeat any pattern.

Change thread to black and do a filler stitch in the spaces around the inside rectangle.

Change thread to silver metallic and do a small meander pattern in the ‘frame’ around the rectangle.

Using foot #43, light grey thread and silver cord, couch the cord onto the scribble pattern between the ‘leaves’, on the rectangle border and on the edge once the binding is sewn on.

Silver Meandering and Silver Cord.

Square off your quilt, sew narrow black binding on using foot #97D and hand-stitch firmly to the back of the quilt.

Sew a hanging sleeve and label on the back of your work and enjoy your beautiful quilted wall-hanging!

If you are passionate about textiles and want to learn more about how to incorporate my innovative techniques into your work, follow me on Instagram @tillydeharde and Facebook, Tilly de Harde Fibre Artist & Teacher and visit my website & subscribe to my mailing list. Please don’t forget to leave a comment in the comment box below!

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