The piece was still wet yesterday when I took the picture I posted then, so it appeared that the background around the leaves was darker. Once it dried, it became lighter. Today, after adding the additional colors, I see a little shading and more of a variegated background, which I like much better. So now, I think I'll keep it up on the design board for a little while to decide what I will do next: finish as an Art Quilt? Stretch, mount and frame? I have finished similar pieces using traditional quilted and free-motion stitched methods, but I think studying it for awhile will help me to see where it takes me. One thing I'm glad of is that I tried using batik to block out the leaves before dyeing the background. It's nice to have a more muted background than I get if I pre-dye the piece with the autumn leaf colors, then cover the leaves, then overdye the background. I'll post more when I have taken the next step on this piece.