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Boro keepsake quilt: Eve’s Garden … growing nicely

The stitching is coming on nicely on my boro keepsake quilt ….

I’m (finally) out of the centre and working around the edges … a mixture of straight lines on different angles, running across the cloth and intersecting … still seem to be feeling those Sami influences in terms of the fairly dense stitching …

I’m mostly sticking to a palette of colours that co-ordinate with the quilt, but couldn’t resist adding a little pop of colour with this orange and red … it’s only there in small quantities as an accent – I’ve matched these colours to the flashes of orange and yellow in the fabrics I’ve used. In places, it looks like a little sprinkling of hot paprika ..Coming out from the corners of the central diamond, and at the intersection of the diagonal lines, I’ve added smaller diamonds of cross stitch, with french knots almost as punctuation where the diagonal lines of running stitch cross through.

Once I’ve got all the running stitch done, the structure will be in place, and I can ‘plant’ my garden … the gaps between the rows will get some embellishment … little hand-embroidered flowers. I think the hardest part will be getting the balance right – allowing the stitching to tell its story without obscuring the fabric beneath.

There is still a way to go … and it may take some time, as I’m setting it aside to the quiet moments so that I can concentrate, for a little while, on getting some smaller pieces ready for the Christmas Fair season … which seems to be sneaking up on me far, far too quickly!

 

And for those who need to see what lies beneath … here’s the back … I think the structure is more evident here … you can see the flower beds growing up in between the rows 🙂

Summer Quilt

The summer holidays are upon us, and I’m winding down for a couple of weeks … family holiday time – YAY!! I’m so looking forward to spending a couple of weeks with the family, without all the rushing about that seems to attend term-time life.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not sewing 😉

I’ve started a little summer quilt – it’s only 1 metre square, but will make a nice little lap quilt, or throw, perhaps.

Lovely subdued shades of blue, turquoise and lilac woven into grey and smokey faded blue denims, seven delicious boro-woven blocks, on the hoop and ready for the surface embroidery that’ll hold it all together.

This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite ways of working … a little more time-consuming than conventional patchwork – even hand-pieced patchwork – but I love the way the stitching and the strips of fabric come together to make a new, complete fabric.

I’m keeping the stitching pretty simple, though – mostly just closely spaced running stitch, but with some detailed work in the two central diamonds … a little lazy daisy, overlaid with trellis stitch, and cross stitch to heal the edges. It is odd how working with stitches in this way sometimes reveals the original functional elements of a stitch that is generally used for decorative purposes: cross stitch is an excellent stitch for hemming (as is chevron stitch, I note in passing).

I have used the vivid orange just for a splash of contrast colour … I don’t think there will be a lot more of it, maybe a couple of lines more, enough to make it a coherent statement, but no more. I don’t want it to dominate.

I have been looking at Sami quilts, and admiring the way that fabric is so simple, but adorned with the rows and rows of running stitch, broken by stitched pattern here and there, uniting layers of fabric to a single and warm hole.

I’m experimenting with the same technique here … I haven’t put any wadding in this quilt, but there are four layers of fabric, not counting the quilt top, to manage the structural elements and cuts and twists I’ve made.

The weight is quite satisfying, and the softness of the worn fabric makes this quilt a pleasure to work. And its simplicity means that it’s a great project for the holidays ….

If you’re on your holidays, I hope you’re having a wonderful time. I’ll be back in the middle of August, hopefully with batteries fully recharged!