I adore quilting embroidered quilts– there’s such creative possibilities offered by this art form! Here’s one I just finished for Nancy Hepp of Sew Slip.
She chose her thread colors with California flowers in mind, and the text is Latin for “California Poppies”!
Apologies for the photos– as my friend Judy Rys says, these are snapshots, not proper photographs!
I chose to “underline” the text with a quilted leafy vine:
Much of the background quilting is a spiral I learned from Jo Ann Gruber’s wonderful video over at Machine Quilter’s Resource, an online group for longarm quilters. I think the spirals add a lot of movement and life to the quilt:
The borders got a curved cross-hatch treatment. I used Renae Haddadin’s Amazing Rays template. I also quilted into the larger flowers, which sculpted the petals. With the small pebbling around the flowers, leaves and vase, all the embroidery work has a trapunto’ed effect.
The center vase is stitched along each “ditch”… but the ditches are really stitching lines of red thread. Talk about a challenge!! The empty spaces will get some beading. And when I say beading… well, wait until I show you some of Nancy’s bead-work (in an upcoming post!).
(note: does that inner white triangle on the red border look off-color on your monitor? It isn’t, in real life!)
If you plan to attend any of the major quilt shows this year, please look for the Sew Slip booth. You will get an opportunity to see the finished quilt in person, as well as meet Nancy and her husband! Say hi for me!