This started out as my 2008 journal quilt which was not accepted. I have subsequently removed all the quilting seen in the photo. I had originally planned on having clouds in the sky, and texture in the grass. I was able to attach the leaves (taken from scans of a real leaf) with zigzag. However the original quilting detracted from picture and theme (part of a Jewish prayer said 3 times daily in winter.)
My problems are:
1. How to give the piece a better feel of blowing leaves.
2. How to successfully quilt through the sky (a Skydye hand paint which shows needle marks) and what type of free motion pattern to use to give the impression of clouds (or to add additional applique elements before quilting.
3. How to create texture with the quilting and/or adding elements like clouds.