Lily with Baby

I finished something yesterday! It’s a good feeling when you round the last corner on a binding…

I sat at the machine for a total of five or six hours to get my Frond Lily with Baby panel stitched. (about 22″ x 20″)img_1221I added the narrow mauve border after I finished the quilting and then went with a narrow emerald green binding. I looked at lots of different color combinations before I made my choice! I think they work well with the colors in the panel?

I decided to go with all free motion stitching, darning foot on, feet dogs down. I played with the idea of using the walking foot for the background but decided against it. My straight lines are never very straight but I wanted them even curvier for this.

Here’s close up of the stitching in the center of the flower.img_1213And the back?img_1216I changed the bobbin every time I changed color on the top. It’s a bit more subtle than I expected but definitely worth turning over for a look.

The description of the panel on the Frond website says, “The large blooms all have a beautiful bud with them to symbolize the sacred love between mother and child, caregiver and cared for, nature and humanity we are called to love.” That’s deep for a Wednesday morning.

Maybe I’ll find a bit of wall space to pin it, at least for a little while.


It really does feel good to have something finished that wasn’t on my to do list. I’m nearly ready to get to the quilts on that list, but the blue car really does need an oil change before we head north. Today might be as good a day as any to sit in the garage waiting room. I’ll take some embroidery so my hands will be busy…



  1. LindaK said:

    Absolutely stunning!

    November 30, 2016
  2. Susan Earl said:

    Wow. Wow. Wow. That is absolutely awesome. Time for me to practice what you taught us in Grand Forks.
    Which thread did you use?

    November 30, 2016
  3. Carole Mercer said:


    November 30, 2016
  4. Jan Williams said:

    This is stunning! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    November 30, 2016
  5. Sandy Hess said:

    Catherine! I’m always in awe of your beautiful work, but this one is really amazingly beautiful. Wow! Merry Christimas,

    November 30, 2016
  6. Brenna said:

    Truly beautiful!

    November 30, 2016
  7. Jen Hokanson said:

    Wow Catherine, that is incredibly detailed stitching!

    November 30, 2016
  8. This is just stunning. I am speechless and that rarely happens.

    December 1, 2016
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Stephanie! I always love stitching with your fabulous fabrics.

      December 1, 2016
  9. Cindy said:

    Thank you for sharing your work and knowledge!

    January 11, 2017

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