I really enjoy embroidery and I wanted to make Jade an embroidered quilt. I found these wonderful Mother Goose patterns and decided to do them like red work only not in just red. It was so much fun to do. I even hand quilted it. I'm not very good at hand quilting but it turned out pretty darn good even if I do say so myself... The fabric is a cotton poly blend. I used that because I wanted the bright colors to stay bright. Jade is 12 now and she thinks she to old for Mother Goose so it has been banished to the closet.
Beautiful work. My SO has two commercial embroidery machines for his business, so I'm blessed with machine embroidry for some blocks, motifs for some quilting and embroidered signiture on the backing backing.
On the back you can really see my crooked stitches, but if you aren't to picky it has a nice look. Do I sound like I'm bragging? I'm just so delighted and surprised that it turned out so well... And it washes like a dream.
Thank you Stu, I've seen some of the work done by the commercial machines and they are beautiful. I'd rather do mine by hand. I don't mind the time it takes and I'm not doing it for profit. It is a form of meditation for me. Mostly.
Wonderful Gloria. I think your quilting is beautiful. It really doesn't matter if your stitches aren't tiny. They are consistent and to me that makes it perfect. Great job. BUT it doesn't belong in a closet!!!!
Gloria... wish that I had the talent to do the embroidery by hand. The closest I get is needlepoint. In my mind, hand embroidered blocks and hand quilted projects are true works of art and new family heirloms. Believe me that before too long, Jade will have her quilt out again. I'd be surprised if it doesn't accomany her to college one day.
Thanks Barb, I don't think it should be in the closet either so I'm going to hang it over the bed in my mom's old room so I can look at it whenever I want. DIL is agreeable. Stu, I feel that Jade will appreciate the quilt when she's older, in the meantime I'll enjoy it.
psychw2 wrote:Or after the first time she tries her hand at a little embroidery work and finds out how much time and effort it takes! LOL
Amen to that. Makes me wonder how people can give needlepoints, handmade quilts, etc. to Salvation Army. I also get irked when I see a hand-made quilt used as a discard to cover furniture and the like when moving, etc.
Ya, Stu I rescued an old beat up quilt from my Dad once. He was using it for moving. YES, it was ratty on the edges but I found a good use for it. I folded under the bad edges and used it for staging a "Teddy Bear picnic" for a friend's Pottery shelf in her home. It turned out AWESOME and the old quilt was perfect!