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Keepsake Quilt … ’til death us do part, block 3

I have been working quietly on my Sunday project for a while now, and my memory cloth is starting to take shape. This weekend I finished the hand-embroidery embellishment on the third block of this highly personal keepsake quilt …

memory cloth ... white hand embroidered quilt block

This is the first of the children’s blocks …. and has pockets at the bottom for these little darlings ….

white knitted baby boots

My grandmother knitted them for my daughter … and – especially now that she’s no longer with us – I dissolve into a sentimental puddle every time I see them.

hand embroidered embellished white quilt block

I’ve kept to a relatively simple palette of stitches here … french knots, buttonhole, cross stitch, back stitch and lazy daisy for the most part, but I’ve thrown in a little satin stitch and some webs as well … keeping the colours neutral, too – white, the palest of baby pinks, and a soft stone colour … most of these are vintage perle threads I’ve acquired from here and there.

hand embroidered embellished white quilt block

I’ve included lines from the W H Davies poem ‘Leisure’ onto the block …. I’m not going to use the whole poem, just lift little sections of it out into the different blocks as I go along (and don’t quibble over misquotes …. I reserve the right to change things up to suit myself). I’ve got her name and date of birth on the block, too …. all the important dates will be in the finished piece.

hand embroidered embellished white quilt block

I love the layers of old linen and lace …. I’ve tried not to interfere with them too much, just to use the stitching to echo, emphasize and enhance the underlying patterns and textures ….

hand embroidered embellished white quilt block

I think this is my favourite block so far …. and I love the way the three blocks hang together …. I’m planning on using rouleaux loops and chinese knots to hold them all together, maybe some mother-of-pearl buttons, if I can source them – when I get to that point.

hand embroidered embellished white quilt blocks

It may be some time before all nine blocks are done, but the process itself is such a joy, that I’m in no rush to finish it.

Grandmothers Flower Garden … part 2

So, with the piecing all finished and the basting removed, I’m pretty happy with my little hexagon block 🙂

now for some quilting …. a nice thick sandwich of wadding, and the cream fabric I’ve used in the block as the backing, and it’s onto the machine.

I don’t often machine quilt, but for these blocks it seems a practical and natural way to go about it. I use safety pins to hold the layers together – much less likely to slip out, and much less likely to prong myself mid-stitching. I’ve kept the quilting simple again, just running around the outline of the rosette rings … using crimson thread, just for a flash of contrast colour in those neutral creams and golds and coppers …

but with a cream thread on the bobbin …. for those that like seeing what lies beneath 🙂

and there’s the back of the finished  cushion … binding is done in a cream satin ribbon, and the backing is a double layer of the cream fabric I used in the block … I like to double up the fabric, partly because it takes a buttonhole much, much better on a double layer of fabric, and partly because I like the insides of my cushions to look as nice as the outside, so they’re lined.

And because this one ended up being sold before it was even finished (funny how serendipity works that way sometimes), I customised it with a little hand embroidery on the front ….

modern country cushion - hexagon patchwork

It looks so lovely and plump with its inner cushion pad inserted! Happy birthday Ann – I hope you enjoy this cushion as much as I enjoyed making it.

And …. if you want a cushion like this, then check what’s in stock over at my Etsy shop or for a bespoke cushion, please do get in touch