Joyce sent along some photos of a gorgeous embroidered quilt she is working on for her granddaughter. In selecting patterns to embroider for the king-sized quilt, Joyce told me, “I picked out pictures I thought would be ok for her now as a little girl and would be ok for when she has grown up.” This is a grand idea!
So far, Joyce has embroidered fourteen cream colored squares and sixteen colored squares. She sent along photos of a selection of the squares – it’s obvious that she has put a lot of time, effort, and love into this work! So let’s take a look at some of the squares so far:
Can you imagine the amount of time this iris took?! It’s worked entirely in French knots! Amazing work!
I love these two dragonflies. It looks like the wings are worked in a metallic thread, and the bodies in two tones of floss. Nice!
The purple and yellow pansies look like they were worked in either buttonhole stitch, or satin stitch outlined by another stitch. Whatever the case, they are really pretty!
Another French knot grouping – these, I think, are lilacs. I like the combination of the different purples, the white, and the green.
I recognize this butterfly pattern! I used the same one on an embroidered baby girl’s quilt that we raffled last spring! I thought it was a fun pattern to work, although we both interpreted the design differently.
The swan gliding under the willow is beautifully embroidered in all white – I am a huge fan of white work, and I think this works really well for this pattern! Pretty! It reminds me of a piano piece I had to learn when I was a kid. The words to the piece went something like: “Stately as princes the swans… something something… and glide under the willows. Are they enchanted men soon to be free again here, under the willows? Oh, how I’d like to be there when a fairy wand touches the leader and changes his looks. Will he be handsome and brave as the heros I find hidden in my storybooks?” (The “something something” is as close as I can get to the missing words!) Funny – I haven’t thought of that in years. But that’s just exactly the picture of it!
This is a super-nice whitework basket. The contrast between the flowers, the leaves, the bow and the basket is really nice!
Very pretty little wreath, dove, and heart!
These intertwining hearts and bullion roses are so pretty! Working them in white was a great idea, I think.
And finally, Joyce also sent a long a shot of the finishing fabric – the colors are her granddaughter’s favorites. Purples and greens are a great combination!
Thanks, Joyce, for sending the photos along! Congratulations on your amazing work! Your granddaughter will have quite an heirloom! I hope we can see the finished product!