Leaf It Alone

A project & technique workshop suitable for all levels- 1 day

  Sue Dennis

Nature will provide us with the inspiration for our fabric printing & using various leaves from the local area, we will experiment & print onto a base fabric creating individual cloth. Class samples show individual leaf prints but multiple colours & leaf types can be combined for enormous potential. A pattern is given to make a small quilt approximately 60cmW x 45cmL [24”W x 18”L]

Also see: Leaf It Alone Student Gallery

Fabric paint supplied- materials fee per person applies

Download World Quilt Entry Form Leaf It Alone Requirements List (42 KB pdf)
Please note - ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS if tutor is NOT supplying the fabric paint
Download World Quilt Entry Form Leaf It Alone Additional Requirements List (25 KB pdf)

Photograph above shows examples of the technique & the quilt pattern supplied
Oiginality is encouraged and assisted by Sue


  • 4 fat quarters hand dyed, batik or commercial cotton- without a definite pattern or repeat, MORE of the same fabrics for practice & experimentation
  • 1m fabric for backing & binding or use left over fat quarter pieces for binding
  • 1 piece of thin wadding to fit quilt size
  • A small 15cm [6”] square practice quilt sandwich of fabric used in your quilt
  • Threads to blend & contrast with fabrics for piecing & quilting
  • Cutting mat, rotary cutter & 24” quilt ruler Scissors, pins & safety pins for basting quilt layers
  • A variety of grass, leaves or branches. The flatter the object to be printed the easier & better the print
  • Tray for paint & a small foam roller for paint application
  • Brayer [hard rubber roller] 4” or 6” wide- available from art supply shops
  • Apron or coverall for painting, disposable gloves for clean hands, wet wipes
  • Ice cream container or similar for messy stuff & small container- yoghurt or similar for water
  • Lots of newspaper for a printing pad, a roll of greaseproof paper- non waxed lunch wrap
  • Quilting gloves if you use them
  • Iron & board, chalk marker or soap sliver
  • Either a digital camera or spyglass- if you have them
  • Notebook & pen
  • Nametag & coffee mug

SEWING MACHINE- extension table, bobbins & machine quilting needles

MACHINE FEET- ¼“piecing foot, walking foot & darning foot


  • Water soluble is best eg Permaset, a brand name or other. These can be mixed together & clean up in water
  • Bring at least 2 colours that contrast with your fabric & white. Paint colours can be blended together eg yellow & blue makes green + white = different intensities of colour. Blue + white = pale blue. Adding black to your colours will give shades.
  • If you are using a black or very dark background buy the “Super Cover” paints designed for showing up on darks.
  • 3 plastic teaspoons for scooping paint from jars.