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Boro Keepsake Quilt: Eve’s Garden, finished

Well, finally!!

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, and for that I apologise … I needed to have surgery on my knee and it made sitting at a desk for any length of time very uncomfortable … thankfully, things are getting much, much better now, although full recovery still looks a way off.

The upside is that, being confined to feet-up-on-the-sofa, I’ve been able to spend a lot of time working on the embroidery for my Eve’s Garden boro keepsake quilt – and it’s finished!! YAY!! Almost a year since I started on it, working in the quiet times between, and around 100 hours of work later, it is DONE. Finished. Bound. Closed.

boro keepsake quilt

Am I happy? Yes, oh yes.

I love the way the stitching runs at a diagonal across the boro, drawing the eye across the fabric ….

And the colours, the colours, so soft but still vivid and cheerful. And the chameleon perle no 8 thread is perfect. Even the names are wonderful – blackberry, hydrangea, misty mauve, silver birch, sugar and spice – and help add to the atmosphere of vintage cottage garden – formally structured, but soft and loose within that formality.

I had my doubts, initially, about the little sprinkles of paprika-hot orange, but I think now that the contrast works well and I’m glad I left it.

And the back is almost – almost – as lovely as the front.

I am glad it’s done and dusted …. but I’m going to miss working on it, in a perverse sort of way. It looks great on my burlap-covered chair, though …. I’m just enjoying it at the moment, looking and remembering that this strip of blue-and-white checked was once my eldest daughter’s baby dress, or that strip of amethyst satin came from the remnants of a princess dress I made for her, that the pretty, fragile, aqua floral was my youngest’s dress, that my son’s ripped-out-knees jeans made up most of the denim.

Wedding Keepsake Gift – personalised lavender hearts

Of all the things I enjoy, I love creating something completely personal for a special occasion …. so I was delighted to be asked to create a set of my lavender hearts as a wedding keepsake gift, personalised with the initials and date of the wedding.

All the surface work gets done before the hearts are sewn together … and a little bit of a departure for me, working in burlap alongside my beloved linen. Burlap does lend itself astonishingly well to cross stitch ….

wedding keepsake - personalised lavender hearts

Little close-ups?

wedding keepsake - personalised lavender heart

Initials cross-stitched onto a piece of burlap over textured natural linen ….

Vintage lace trim stitched onto a burlap heart, with a chain of love couched down onto the border

wedding keepsake - personalised lavender heart

The date of the wedding embroidered in satin stitch onto textured natural linen, using vintage perle thread

I love the way the three of them hang together so well …. and that big crystal I salvaged from a box of broken costume jewellery just ties them off perfectly, I think.

I had such a fabulous response to these lavender hearts, I’ve decided to offer this service in my Etsy store …. a wonderful way to way to celebrate such an amazing day with something that is both beautiful and completely personal.