Something or nothing?

I made a quilt!

That is, I started, stitched and finished a whole quilt this week…

I posted a teaser picture on Instagram on Tuesday of my stitching in progress,The light has been so bad I didn’t take any other pictures as I went along. I finish the facings yesterday and this afternoon I went outside (in the cold 🙂 ) and took some pictures of the finished article.So what do you think?

I wanted to make a piece for this year’s PAQA challenge with the theme Impressions.

I started on Sunday, using the fabrics I had in my linen blend drawer, with some very minimalist piecing. I added organic curves with my walking foot. (I use the Integrated Dual Feed and a 20D foot on my BERNINA 740) and then started hand stitching.

I stitched all day Monday and Tuesday, using 8 weight hand dyed perle cotton and a #24 chenille needle. Lighter at the horizon, darker at the top and in the foreground.

A hint of a sun.Yes, it’s really there!

I thought the embroidery would show up more clearly. It’s hard to see at more than a few feet away. Does that matter? The deadline is tomorrow, so it is what it is. I learnt some things making it. Facings are not my favorite thing to do but I managed to get them neat and tidy… (Mr. Google to the rescue again!) It hangs flat.

Did it give you an impression of anything?

It’s called Over the Fields!


  1. Gabi said:

    It’s lovely, Catherine!!! I see the sun!!!

    November 29, 2018
  2. Sue H said:

    I LOVE IT!!!! Very organic and beautiful. I keep going back to look and it just gets more beautiful to me!!!

    November 29, 2018
  3. Kara Jamison said:

    So very restful and inspiring. I am completely drawn to this. I find that I have to use the Larger weight Perle (5) in order for it to show up better ~ ~ but have not found the best size needle to use for this size Thread. I like the 24 Chenille needle for the Perle 8 ~ ~ any suggestions for the 5? I’m working on something right now that may not be working, so I keep adding stuff!!

    I LOVE your simplicity on this one.

    November 30, 2018
  4. Ruth-Anne said:

    Absolutely stunning! This inspires me. I just love handwork but get frustrated with the time it takes. My brain is always dreaming up new projects and my wip pile is already enormous. But handwork is so grounding and peaceful and lovely. Your work is always so beautiful!

    November 30, 2018
  5. Your stitching is inspired! I can’t wait to do something similar on a project. I do love the time I can spend sitting and doing handwork!

    December 1, 2018
  6. Margie Binker said:

    Thank you, Jenny, for introducing me to such creative people. I look forward to the rest of the bloggers and to getting your new book.

    December 3, 2018
  7. Marla Stock said:

    Your piece is beautiful; it takes me to that field with sunshine where I slow down, breath deeply, and can reflect on the value of life!

    December 8, 2018

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