Embellished Spring: Mini Quilt #12

March 21, 2015

Spring is finally here- and a couple days in the past week have actually felt like it around here!  What a great time to start thinking about incorporating flowers into some projects.  Large floral print fabric is becoming one of my favorite things to look for when I go to quilt shops or shows.  I recently picked up some Amy Butler prints at a show, and I am so excited to embellish them with some hand embroidery!Embellished Spring Front

This flower is from the Organic Soul line, and I hand appliquéd it to a piece of Carolyn Friedlander fabric.  I really liked placing such an organic shape against a highly linear pattern.  The fun part was doing hand embroidery to enhance the dimension of the piece.Embellished Spring Detail

The backing is another Amy Butler print, and the quilting is a free motion design which loosely replicates the shape of the appliquéd flower.  The uneven stripe fabric on the binding is a Lotta Jansdotter design cut on the bias.Embellished Spring Back

Quilt Stats

Title:  Embellished Spring

Size:  10″x10″

Techniques: Hand appliqué, hand embroidery

Quilting:  Free motion in a design mirroring the flower and leaves of the appliqué design

Fabrics:  Flower appliqué and quilt backing are Amy Butler designs, Background by Carolyn Friedlander, binding by Lotta Jansdotter

Batting:  Warm and White cotton batting

Thread:  Appliqué done with navy Gutermann  Mara 100; Quilting done with cotton Connecting Threads Essential in Peridot, Persian Blue, and Persimmon; Embroidery created with assorted DMC flosses and hand dyed floss from Artfabrik by Laura Wasilowski.

Binding:  2″ wide strips, cut on the bias, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new:

Extensive embroidery used to create dimension on a pre-printed design.

Quilt 12 / 50

Quilt 12 / 50

Goal #11 is Finished!

Goal #11 is Finished!

I’m sharing this post at Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She, Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.  Please stop by to see all of the lovely sewing being done!

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  • Reply
    Julie Stocker
    March 22, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Gorgeous! I also like your idea of the mixture between linear and organic designs. My favorite part, though, is how you echoed the motif in outline. Very original work!

    Thank you for linking up to the Pet Project Show today at Pink Doxies. It’s lovely to see such talent in the line-up.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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    March 22, 2015 at 11:02 am

    What a great mix of traditional + modern, gorgeous!

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    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
    March 22, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Your applique work is very tidy and looks wonderful. I really like the background fabric. Do you use a fusible at all to help stabilize/hold the applique in place?

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    March 22, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Beautiful piece! I love the quilting you have done in the background. And that background fabric is such a great choice. I love Carolyn Friedlander’s fabric.

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    Serena @ Sewgiving
    March 23, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I really love the juxtaposition of the floral against the rigid pattern background … your hand embroidery is beautiful too 🙂

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    Maartje Quilt
    March 24, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Your mini quilt is full of spring. So much betifullness is a mini. Amazing. I love it.

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    March 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I love large florals too but rarely use them to their full potential, sticking to quilt backs and the like. This is brilliant! The embroidery makes everything pop.

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    April 8, 2015 at 5:31 am

    It’s really beautiful.

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