After finishing the piecing and applique for the center of the Cocoa Leaf Medallion Quilt, the next step in the process was to expand the quilt top out to its final, over-sized queen dimensions.
It now measures 103-inches wide by 122-inches long!
The final step in piecing the top together is adding on smaller applique cocoa leaves to create borders around the sides. Fine tuning the color arrangement and placement has taken time and attention to detail, and as you can see below, the final choices were quite subtle.
I am so glad that my customers are so involved in this process, as I would not have ended up at this design without all of their input (they chose option 1 with more green, by the way).
Creating the templates for the border cocoa leaves, cutting, and pressing the top row took 1 hour and 15 minutes. My plan is to work one side at a time (cut, press, layout, pin, sew). I spent another 1 hour and 30 minutes evenly spacing, carefully pinning down, and sewing the upper cocoa leaf border.
12 border leaves done, and 38 to go!