Sunday, August 4, 2013
Featuring Fiona from Australia!
I received an email from Fiona sharing her beautiful little masterpiece and just had to share with all of you! The minute I saw it, it reminded me of a mini version of The Nun's Quilt. Thank you for sharing Fiona...your work is spectacular!!!
I found this pretty little hand blanket stitched doily at an OpShop (charity shop) and felt it deserved a home though when I got it I wasn't sure what I would do with it. When a stitching/designing friend was turning 60 I wanted to give her something I knew she wouldn't make herself. I have been reading Cindy's blog for awhile and just love the work she does so thought I would give it a try. I adore quilting feathers but really had no idea what it is like to quilt tiny weeny ones...
I found some brand new linen table napkins so I used that as a base since the linen was exactly the colour I wanted, cotton batting (wadding) and some plain cotton backing...then went to play. The quilting took about 8 hours and I did do some marking - circles and cross hatching but mostly just free hand feathers as they are so forgiving and also what I feel most confident with. I then added single beads in the little spaces made by the lacy parts of the stitching. The whole mini quilt is about 14" square.
I have since found a couple more of these little doilies...so I will be doing more...
Thanks Cindy for your encouragement and inspiration. Hugz, Fiona