Whole Cloth Crazy Quilt - Finished!

I finally finished my wallhanging. It still hasn't found a place to "hang around" so ignore the tablecloth background.

Asian Beauties Hand Painted Silks

Pansy Square

Here's another oldie to share with you. I entered this square in a "Pansy" contest held through the CQ Newsletter several years ago. It is no longer being printed. I won first place for this entry.

Cabin Square

I did this little square several years ago as one of several for a quilt I never finished. I do like the cabin though, so I'll just hold onto it until I see if I can incorporate it in with something else. I bought a framed embroidery picture of this that was crudely done but sweet, copied it on the computer to get the design, and am giving you the drawing I gleaned from that. I worked the piecing with this embroidery in mind so planned where the blue went for the water, the surrounding colors and sky. My flowers are a lot of French knots in threads and 4mm silk ribbon with lazy daisy leaves worked in. The large flowers are gathered picot-edge ombre ribbon* with beads for centers. Just fill in all the spaces and it will resemble a lovely flower garden. Be sure to sprinkle a few beads in there too. The rest of the picture is worked with split stitch for the outlines and straight stitches. Seed beads outline the cloud. So easy!

I think I may have given this out in one of my newsletters when I had my old website, but you will be seeing several of those items pop up here on my blog as time goes on. There's always someone new out there who may get some use out of them. Everything old is new again!!

Click here to see Ombre ribbon that is available on my website.

Two More

Here are two more motifs that I used on my wallhanging. I have finally finished all of the embellishment on it and will be assembling it and taking photos soon. Most of the stitching is plain, as usual. I like to use the bullion stitch so I included one flower using that. I do my spiderweb rose a little differently than most as I prefer a little height to it. I always make a center first by gathering a 1 1/2" length of my ribbon or by putting a large loose French knot there. I only use 7mm ribbon for spiderweb roses and loosely twist the ribbon as I weave it.

Shirlee's Asian Lady

As promised, I will be featuring someone else's work here when they are willing to share. My friend, Shirlee Fassell, has done a few of these pictures and has offered to share this one with you. Maybe I can talk her into sharing the others as time goes on. Her workmanship is flawless and you have to look deep to actually see all of the effort she has put into her projects. Everything always seems to flow so easily that you just assume that the basics were there to start with. On this picture all she had was a cotton panel which is usually sold by quilt shops to be worked into sane quilts. She adds dimension everywhere and below are some photos showing the detail she so skillfully delivers as well as a photo of the panel she started with.

This is a closeup of the hair ornament Shirlee made and consists of glass beads, flowers from Judith and Kathryn and lovely hair picks. Shirlee made the hair picks by gluing toothpicks together and then shaping and decorating them.

Another original creation were the beaded flowers which were created by actually shaping the beaded fabric so that there is a fold in the petals.

The studs and the gold rings that surround each one were individually hand applied. There are a few hundred of these on the front of her kimona.

The swirls on her kimona were hand embroidered and the birds were cut from fabric and hand applied with an embroidery stitch in gold all around. They were then covered with an organza overlay.

The clouds were also hand embroidered.

Here is a closeup of her arm which is cardboard covered with a flesh colored fabric. Her face was done the same way, but was covered with white fabric. You can also see more hand embroidery around her cuff.

In the previous picture and in the following you can see where Shirlee wove 1/8" silk ribbon into a design which is inside her cuffs. It is covered with organza. Shirlee used silk and Oriental fabric to cover other areas and there are couched threads around all divisions in the kimona.

For closer study, here are some additional photos.

Thank you, Shirlee, for allowing me to share this. I am in awe of your workmanship.