I didn’t think I was ever going to finish this quilt! Machine problems, bleeding problems, running out of stabilizer, running out of thread, “un-sewing” densely stitched machine embroidery… But I’m pleased with the final results! The plum oriental chrysanthemum print was the starting point. The nine large center blocks feature interlaced shaped lace insertion and bias linen strips, pinstitched to batiste, then layered over a plum blender fabric. The floral fabric forms appliquéd sashing. Two borders of a total of 144 machine embroidered “plum mums” (Zundt designs) are edged with green piping. Between the two embroidered borders is an interlaced cable border echoing the central blocks, also with an appliquéd floral border. Tiny decorative machine stitching with variegated thread outlines all the appliquéd borders. Then, every bit of open space was machine quilted with feathers, teardrops, and tiny stippling. Machine embellished, appliquéd, embroidered, and quilted. This quilt was juried into the 2006 AQS Nashville show and the 2006 Houston IQA show. It was awarded first place in Mixed Techniques and Viewer's Choice at the 2007 Little Balkans Quilt Festival.
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