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Monday, May 20, 2013

An embroidered finish

When I recently began using the embroidery module on my Bernina to create labels, I had no intention at all of using it for other embroidered projects. Yup. So much for that idea! ;) Since then, I've done a few small free-standing lace embroideries, and I did those little gift card holders before the holiday season, too. Then, during an evening "event" at my local quilt shop, I saw a set of designs that were various French themes. I was sunk! I used to be a high-school French teacher, and I definitely have a soft spot for a lot of related things. That set came home with me, as you might have guessed. LOL! I used a pattern for a cushion (found in Creative Expressions magazine, issue 34), though I decided to make it into a little wall hanging instead of the cushion.

This quilt measures about 18 3/4" square. I couldn't do a lot of quilting on it without causing the central embroidered panel to puff out, so I just did some curlicues in the floral corners and a motif I adapted from the floral print in the plainer side triangles. The braided border was done with the Double Diamond ruler, which isn't all that easy to use when you're left-handed. ;) I added the corded piping I like so much next to the binding.

I still have no intention of doing a lot of embroidered projects, other than quilt labels, but what's the harm in doing one or two now and then? ;)

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