Monday, June 26, 2017

Adding embroidery

While I am adding borders to the tops in my previous post, at the same time, this oldie has been revived to have some embroidery added.

The last time this was shown was back in July 2014.  As far as I was concerned it was a finished top ready for hand quilting.
It even had the centre part (where the flowers are) hand quilted.  Then I stopped.  Something was missing.

You know how much I love playing the 'what if' game.  So, what if some delicate whispy stems were added to the borders?

Can you see the hand quilting at the top of this photo ?  The backing had to be carefully folded and pinned back away from one side so that the embroidery could be added.  A few adjustments to the design and then I was working with needle and embroidery floss.
Two sides are done.  Now we are talking.  This is the something that was missing.  In this photo, you can just barely see the backing folded away from the left side of the hanging.
Three sides done.  Oh my.
Four sides.
Buttons were pinned on at the ends of each stem to see if this is the look that I wanted.  Oh yes!
Huge difference, wouldn't you say.  The before and after is amazing to me.
Now, I can finish the hand quilting.  The rest of this hanging has been marked up with quilting designs and is now ready and packed in a bag with all the notions needed for hand quilting.  This will be perfect for quilting during the cool mornings at the cottage.

Ah, life is good!

OK ... now back to those borders!

Have a great day!

7 comments:

Julierose said...

This is really so beautiful--I love the added embroidery--it really does make a difference...hugs, Julierose

Jennifer said...

Oh wow - what a difference that embroidery makes! Really gives your quilt a lift, doesn't it?

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

'Tis amazing...

eloidastitches said...

I love it too! Did you do a satin stitch for the leaves or just outline them? The embroidery makes the whole top come alive.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

That's the perfect finishing touch--very nice!!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

How clever you are to think of this added touch. It really is just lovely and makes such a difference to the overall interest.

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely embroidery.......