Monday, June 3, 2013

My "Eternity" Project...

Last year I was "junkin" with my favorite youngest daughter, Emily, and I found a beautiful Crazy Quilt square that measured about 18" square-ish.  It was in a sad state of disrepair.  Many of the blocks had disintegrated leaving bare threads but the embroidery and remaining fabrics were gorgeous.  I purchased it for about $20 and it has been hanging on my design wall ever since.  I just love to look at it.

As you can see from my previous post, I have a fair amount of airplane/airport time coming up and I don't have any handwork to do!  Seriously???!!!  I needed to come up with something to keep me sane on the airplane and decided I would tackle renovating this piece.

I have some beautiful black linen and some red linen and decided these were perfect to mount this on.  I added a layer of Quilters Dream Request between the layers for weight and stability.  The edges of this piece were very raggedy...something had previously been ripped off.

I had just the right amount of crocheted lace and stitched this down to the edge.  I used the red linen for the backing as well as the binding edge.  The crocheted lace will be snugged up to the binding and the piece should appear half-way square.

Being that many of the areas of this piece are thread bare and raggedy, I am covering them with vintage crocheted pieces.  I will be adding hundreds and hundreds of beads to this piece for embellishments as well as old jewelry and buttons.  I don't want to add any new fabrics or embroidery out of respect for the original maker.  I only want to embellish what she has already done.

I'm very jazzed about working on this and will keep you posted on my blog as progress is made.  I have named it my "Eternity" project because it will probably take me that long to get it done...I will have handwork to do on an airplane for a very long time!

Hugs, Cindy :)


Every Stitch said...

This is going to be lovely! the colours are brought out beautifully against the lace. I do love the idea of a new lease of life for this old beauty.

Karen said...

I'm sure the original owner is now thinking, "now why didn't I think of that!". It's going to be lovely.

Anonymous said...

I definitely echo Karen's statement! I almost feel as though the piece is speaking and softly saying "thank you".