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I knew I wanted to use the leaves in some way.
I happened to have some used (and dried) tea bags. Ah! Bush tea is a combination of very strong black tea, swirled with a gum leaf for flavour. I scattered the leaves over the quilt top, then laid a tea bag on top and stitched around each leaf.
I cut around the leaf shape.
These are real, untreated leaves. As I stitched, I got the scent of the eucalyptus - and as they dry out and crumble, there will be only the shape left - hence "essence" in both cases.
I did a faced finish rather than a binding, as I wanted a clean edge. I slightly rounded the corners.
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