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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Fleur Finale!

Les Fleurs de Jardin has finally been completed! I decided to take out all the previous machine quilting I had done, because I just didn't like it. I've spent all the extra time since I posted the original blog about this, adding some of the hand quilted parts and I like it much better now.

The stems and leaves were originally trapunto, and I think that detracted from the overall look, so they had to be re-worked too. I like the handquilting and the couched threads much better.

On this section, I added some fancy embroidery stitches and a few beads to emphasize the movement in the flower.

This is the center section that was paper-pieced. I added more of the couched embroidery threads here to give the three pieces unity.

This was a fun project to do with a couple of friends, I just wish it hadn't taken so long! It all starteda Hallmark card that I can't find right now, but when I do, it has a pocket on the back of the wallhanging so it can stay with the piece.

What is more interesting, is that I kept this piece for about 10 years before I completed it. I can look at the components and see what I've learned technique-wise, but more importantly, I look at the whole and see the colors that I liked ten years ago are still high on my list!


Finn said...

Hi Sharon, I really like the changes you made. It's interesting how time affects how we look at our works...and personally, I think the best way to go, if in doubt, is too leave it til you "know". Congratulations on a really great piece !

Joanne said...

This quilt is stunning. Beautiful work - you should be very proud. I love the colors, too!

Sarah said...

Joanne -

This is beautiful! I think it aged to perfection over the ten years you worked on it!


Samantha said...

that's very beautiful- and I'm not even a floral gal, but I love it!!!

Darcie said...

I love it, Sharon! How cool that you just needed to make a few minor adjustments...but it is still so "you," even 10 years later.

I think your idea for keeping the original inspiration -- the Hallmark -- in a pocket is genius!

Thanks for sharing!


Holly said...

Stopped by to check out your quilts and all I can say is WOW! This is gorgeous! Like the shaggy quilt for Kevin, too.