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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.

Slow Cloth … Eve’s Garden boro keepsake quilt

Despite my hope that I’d have this finished by Christmas, I’m still working away at the hand embroidery on my boro keepsake quilt … this is slow cloth at its very slowest, I think ….

Eve's Garden boro quilt - embroidery detail

I have been working on it, during the times ‘in-between’ … but I needed a break from it. The levels of concentration and energy needed to work on something this size and with this much detail are difficult to maintain over a long period of time.

Eve's Garden boro quilt - half section completed

The central diamond is finished … and two of the corner sections … now I’m working on the top sections. I’m mostly using perle 8 for these parts – I’ve found some gorgeous vintage colours from Chameleon Threads …. you can get them over at Lorna Bateman Embroidery. More expensive, for sure, but worth every extra penny, I think.

Eve's Garden boro quilt - embroidery motif detail

In between the straight rows of running stitch, there’s a pretty straightforward repeated stitch pattern … leaf stitch alternating with rosette chain wheels, detached chain stitch (or lazy daisy) flowers, and woven web stitch …

Eve's Garden boro quilt - woven web stitch detail

I changed things up in the centre section, with leaf stitch stars, wheat-ear stitch wheels, buttonhole wheels and little stitched stars interspersed with french knots.

Eve's Garden boro quilt - french knot cluster

I liked that star with french knots, so I’ve worked it again in the corners … only larger and in a luscious dark purple perle that glories in the name of ‘blackberry’.

And so … here it is in it’s almost finished state … I find myself strangely reluctant to actually finish with this, even though I’m desperate to see the finished piece.

Eve's Garden boro cloth - close to complete

and, to finish, the obligatory peek at the back, for those who like that sort of thing 😉

Eve's Garden boro quilt - reverse