Embroidered Orchid Quilt… finished!

I completed an embroidery of an orchid  back in September. I drew my design based on a copyright free image I found online onto a piece of Essex linen and did the stitching in #8 perle cotton from House of Embroidery.IMG_3387And there I left it until my dad arrived from England to give it the OK and some idea of what size little quilt he was hoping for!

Instructions given, I pieced a simple designusing more linen and layered my top with wool batting and a cotton backing fabric. Quilting started on Thursday afternoon with some stitch in the ditch stabilizing lines. I followed up with my chrysanthemum design as the ideal background filler for the center panel. My BERNINA 530 made easy work of the project…IMG_4541Looking good so far?IMG_4568Time for a simple feather in the small border and then the cross hatching in the pink rectangles…IMG_4549… to be followed by a free motion squiggle, all in a neutral 50 weight Aurifil cotton thread…
IMG_4554Lots of travel threads to trim and then a narrow border and the binding and ta-da!

The finished 18″ x 24″ quilt.IMG_4573I put triangles on the back ready for a hanging rod,IMG_4578and signed it!IMG_4576I think he liked it!!IMG_4580It’s been a busy two weeks with dad in town. He’s flying tonight. It’s only been five years since he first asked for an orchid quilt. It’s finished ready to fly too!


  1. Susan Earl said:

    Absolutely beautiful!

    December 5, 2015
  2. Carole Mercer said:


    December 5, 2015
  3. jane Teague said:

    Oh, what a beautiful gift for a special person who is well-deserving of it, I am sure! There is nothing like a gift from hands and heart.

    December 5, 2015
  4. Sheila Osbrink said:

    Beautiful! Lucky man..

    December 5, 2015
  5. Kara said:

    Absolutely lovely!!! I enjoy every piece of your embroidery ~ ~ which I used to love to do, but haven’t done now for so long ~ ~ maybe you will yet inspire me. This might just be my favorite piece of yours yet ~ ~ the quilting and piecing and the whole package. Just beautiful in every way. I’m so pleased to see it in your father’s hands. You must feel a real sense of satisfaction with this completion. (I have some 5-year requests out there waiting for inspiration as well 🙂 I totally understand the creative development process.)

    December 6, 2015
  6. Virginia said:

    Love, love, love this Orchid quilt; you did a beautiful job.

    January 10, 2016

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