Monday, May 26, 2014

French 9 Patch

I've been experimenting!
I set a challenge for myself to combine these things in one quilt:
--vintage blocks, laces, hankies, trims
--3 D embellishment
--hand embroidery
--machine quilting

What you see below is the result of this exercise.
I named it "French 9 Patch" because most of the trims are from my trip to Paris last September, and also because the white embroidery on the black reminds me of French handwriting!  The kind we saw on all the blackboards along the sidewalk cafes...
Like this image from Three Little Words

The whole quilt was driven by the small motif in the very center.

I appliqued it onto the center of a vintage hankie and everything proceeded from there.

I loved using my trims, flowers, vintage blocks, and of course, my favorite silk ribbon from RiverSilks.

Here is the whole quilt, finishing at 37" X 37".

It presented me with some interesting challenges...and I would like to pursue this new direction!


Rian said...

It's beautiful and so are you. Your profile photo is fabulous.

Don't you just love those delightful chalkboard menus in France?

Shirlee Fassell said...

Beauitful and very French ... love the combination!

Maureen said...

Love it!

Jean C. said...

I was just wondering if you had to use any sort of stabilizer for the hankies? I've got a bunch from my grandma that would be perfect for this sort of quilt/wall hanging.

Quiltgal said...

Fabulous new quilt. I have your new book just waiting for me to read. However I have a couple more weeks to wait to receive it as a birthday gift from my hubby.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

With a garden as beautiful as yours that is where I would want to spend my time. You have been busy and productive

Beth French said...

So charming. Love the gingham and lace, too