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Keepsake Quilt: White work … til death us do part

It’s nice to get a little bit of breathing space to work on one of my personal keepsake quilt projects, even if it is little one hour snatches here and there …

I’ve gone back to the white work blocks I started during the ‘Embroider, Embellish, Create’ course I took with  Karen Ruane . Though I’d got all my blocks prepared, I only got 2 blocks (more or less) finished,  and then Christmas took over and January went past in a whirlwind … and now it’s time to pick it up again.

So I’m working on the first of the blocks for my children … this for my oldest daughter …


I’ve cut away some of the linen base, and buttonholed around the edge of it … and the buttonhole will continue along the edge of that strip of broderie anglaise, anchoring it into the base cloth. A pale pink ribbon to echo the colour of the thread got threaded through the trim fragment, and it’s all held down with french knots.

My grandmother – who I still miss, even after 7 years – knitted those little booties for her. They’ll be going into a special little pocket at the bottom of the block.

The whole piece … starting to come together, but still a long way to go yet …

I’m still waiting rather nervously for the gods of textile to smite me down for chopping up an antque doily … maybe if they like what I do, they’ll spare me?

Eve’s Garden – boro keepsake quilt

It has been a tiring few weeks, preparing for and attending my last two craft fairs of the year, so I am glad to be back working on my boro keepsake quilt – Eve’s Garden.

The structure is all in place, the neat rows of running stitch are all done. Now I have started on the decorative hand-embroidery detailing in the spaces between …

In the borders I am using a repeated motif of stem stitch, with lasy daisy, rosette chains and web stitch interspersed, working in perle no 8 – my new favourite embroidery thread.

I have embroidered lazy daisy into the little squares where the lines of running stitch intersect … the obsession with french knots also seems to be continuing. I am trying to keep the palette of stitches fairly restricted, using them to bring order to the underlying random interweaving of the fabric.

There are more french knots and lazy daisy stitching in the central diamonds.

Still a long way to go, but progress is being made. I am hoping to finish it by Christmas, but it may take a while longer … as a piece of work I find it quite draining, so I need to break away from it every now and then to work on something more simple and smaller in scale. We shall see how those distractions work out in the next few weeks.