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I recently had the extreme pleasure of working on two hand embroidered quilts – and they look wonderful! Of course, I had excellent embroidered blocks that were extremely well pieced – which makes my life a LOT easier!

The first quilt was “Over the River and Through the Woods” from Crabapple Hill Studios, pieced by Chris W.

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The quilt is 51 x 56 inches and the pieced blocks are only 6 inches!

Here is a close up of the top of the quilt. I like to quilt “texture” into the embroidered pattern and give “details” to the embroidery. I try very┬áhard not to stitch on top of the embroidery.

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And here is a close up of the bottom half of the quilt! I had WAY too much fun quilting this quilt!

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The next embroidered quilt I did was a wonderful red work Sunbonnet Sue alphabet. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the pattern that Rhonda S used for her quilt. I did a quick Internet search and couldn’t find the exact pattern, but there were several patterns “out there” that were very close to this one.

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This quilt was 53 x 73 inches and the piecing was excellent!

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Here is some of the detail that I quilted in the blocks. I quilted feathers in the borders, sashings and cornerstones. I echo quilted around the embroidery, then stitched a ribbon stipple to fill the rest of the block. To me, the ribbon stipple gives texture and “movement” to the block.

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The backing fabric was a red mini print and the quilting showed up surprisingly well! I think you can see the detail of the quilting (especially the border) a bit better on this photo.

On both quilts I matched the threads to the fabrics which makes the quilting (almost) disappear! Also, both quilts have Soft & Bright batting from Warm Co.

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Oh my gosh! It is September already! This summer has FLOWN by! I have been busy and I finally have some time to add to my blog.

I have been working hard all summer – I was gone for nearly a month traveling on the East Coast and the Midwest, teaching longarm quilting classes and also visiting with family. Then, when I returned home, it took me nearly four weeks to catch up with all the work and “stuff” that piled up while I was gone! Finally, I think I can breathe now, and add photos to my blog.

I just finished working on quilts pieced by Martha D, who is 91 years young! She does wonderful work and I have enjoyed quilting for her. She dropped off three quilts, which she machine embroidered.

The first quilt is embroidered Cardinals with some of the nicest Cardinal fabric I have seen in a long time.

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The quilt is 53 x 44 inches. It is wider because it was made to go across the back of a couch.

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Here is a closer view of the embroidery and the quilting. I quilted Feather Plumes in the cornerstones and the “solid” red blocks.

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She even pieced blocks for the back. This was way too much fun to quilt!

The next quilt Martha did was this Americana Quilt with embroidered eagles.

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This quilt is 47 x 72 and is a traditional block pattern I used a combination of “Fireworks” , continuous curves, feathers in the sashings and echo quilting around the eagles.

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Here is a closer look at the piecing and embroidery. The back is a busy print and you can’t see any of the quilting.

The last quilt Martha brought was this beautiful Purple Roses embroidered quit. Again, I had way too much fun quilting this quilt!

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The quilt is 51 x 51 inches. I quilted my free hand feathers and swirls with silver, high sheen polyester thread in the background. I LOVE the texture – expand the photo to see the detail.

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Here is a closer view. And look at the quilting behind the roses in the light blocks. I used white, high sheen poly thread for the quilting in these blocks.

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A lot of the time people will just stipple behind an applique. This time, I used feathers as the background quilting! The photo is a little dark – I turned off the overhead lights and did not use a flash. The texture of the quilting shows up better this way.

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Here is a photo of one more of the embroidered blocks. I love the way this looks!

I used Soft & Bright batting on all these quilts and cotton threads on the first two quilts.

I hope Martha continues quilting, because I want to continue to work with her in the future!

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