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.And 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…Looking good so far?Time for a simple feather in the small border and then the cross hatching in the pink rectangles…… to be followed by a free motion squiggle, all in a neutral 50 weight Aurifil cotton thread…
Lots of travel threads to trim and then a narrow border and the binding and ta-da!
The finished 18″ x 24″ quilt.I put triangles on the back ready for a hanging rod,and signed it!I think he liked it!!It’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!