Chinese Figures for Crazy Quilt

These beautiful Chinese figures were made as ornaments and were often framed as dimensional pictures after applying to fabric backgrounds. They would be absolutely stunning on crazy quilt wall hangings. They are hand painted, including the face, on 100% silk. They are backed with a thin cardboard. To use them on your project, temporarily place them where they will go when you are finished and baste around them to mark their spot. I traced mine on tissue paper and used that to do my basting. It was easily torn away from the basting and I didn't have to worry about damaging the figure. Put them aside until you are completely finished with your embellishment and, using a slip stitch around the figure, tack them down. Another way to apply them, and the method I prefer, is to stitch a piece of felt or Lacy's Stiff Stuff to your project and then glue the ornament to that. I would recommend that they only be used on wall hangings, not quilts nor projects that will be handled a lot. You can find them for sale on my website.

Basted area to mark placement.

Applied figure.


  1. lovely idea. And a you have awesome things at your shop.
    Hooray that you are back and nice to "see" you & Gracie too.


  2. WOW! The Oriental Ladies add an amazing element to the quilt. I am anxious to see how you use other Asian embellishments.

  3. Thank you so much. I really love the colors and designs that the Chinese and Japanese use in their textile arts. But, then again, there aren't many anywhere else in the world that I don't like equally as well.

  4. I love black too. The whole quilt idea is a great one on which to practice stitches. I have yet to make my first CQ block and this has given me food for thought. Thanks.

  5. Oh my goodness, I have the male couterpart to this set--picked up at an estate sale for 10 cents! They grace my tree every year, but never thought of using them as a pattern for CQ---DUH!!!

  6. Hello Maureen,
    came to your blog through sharonb's post..
    I am not in to quilts but I love all the embroidery you did. I just love the colour combinations