The most obvious place is this honking wide border! It is doubly effective that it is a pale shade too, because that will show the design easily. I have combined a detailed cathedral window into the border, placing 1/2" cross-hatch and raying lines into the spaces. Feathers fill the smaller triangles. Now I know that this border has little to nothing to do with falling leaves, but I believe that the unstructured nature of this quilt can handle a very structured border. It helps to ground it.
nevermind those ugly (and clean toes!)
The body of this quilt is huge. The overall size is 82"x102". It is impeccably pieced, but color is the only connecting feature. For my design, I have created cascading, and swirling feathers (which are actually made up of leaves). These feathers are very much like what I used on my Shenandoah Falling show quilt. In fact, this is similar to a huge version of that, in a way. The blank space around these has some free-placed leaves, and LOTS of fillers.
There is a string of large-ish pebbles from the stems of these free-placed leaves to help them to show. I envisioned this exaggerating the look of falling.
This quilt has just one wool batt. Background quilting is done in three shades of 50wt So Fine thread. I chose a duller, non-shiny thread so as to only see the texture. Each of the three colors of fill, has its own filler too. The gold thread does this free-feather fill.
I thank you all for your nice comments about the progress on my next show quilt. It is still on the machine, with another 4 days allotted in my schedule. I am seriously hoping to get to the bottom by then! Better get to work!...
In the meantime, I will leave you with a couple images sent to me from the AQS Des Moines show, running right now. My quilts have done very well, again. Big Bertha is sporting what may be my favorite ribbon of all time - lime green! It is for best Machine Quilting, also for this business I am in, a treat to receive. It is like they chose that ribbon just for this quilt!
And here's the side of Zen Garden, which received best Wall Quilt, with yet another lovely seemingly color-coordinated ribbon.