Behind the Gate 22 x 22
Machine pieced, quilted, and appliqued
There's no big concept for me this time. This photo is all about lines, so I used Quilt Pro to draft a traditional-looking block, following the general appearance of one side of this gate or fence. Then I rotated the block until I found an interesting pattern, and colored half the blocks with a green background suggesting the foliage and half with a neutral background suggesting the road. It's constructed with strip piecing; this small-scale precise piecing is a pleasant. focusing activity for me.
Debra's comment about the jungle foliage bursting through suggested the appliqued leaves. Rather than make them flat like traditional applique, I made two-sided leaves and attached them by stitching only the vein down the center so that they have dimension. They were stitched on after the quilt was quilted and bound.
They extend beyond the edges of the piece to increase the look of natural, overgrown foliage. (I photographed this against my yellow bedroom wall because a white background doesn't show the extending leaves as well.) I included a bit more detail about how I made these leaves on my blog, and you can see a neutral background there too.
The idea for this came very easily; the execution was more laborious than I expected. I enjoyed the strip piecing, but the leaves were a pain. Next time I may think twice before going for the first obvious idea I have!