How many of you have a cupboard full of fabric scraps and bits and bobs that ‘will come in handy one day’? Well I have to admit that I have cupboards and boxes of fabric scraps. Over the last couple of weeks I have challenged myself to incorporate these within my embroideries and I would like to share with you some of the results. I have produced three miniature quilts using this method.
I have used a range of fabrics and textures to create a background fabric. These have been layered and pieced together with free machine embroidery, these are worked on 3″ squares.
By using different fabrics, papers and lace you can create an interesting and textured background fabric.
Shabby chic inspired my first couple of quilts. Live, Laugh Love and Love, Life, Happiness were embroidered onto the background fabrics along with free machine appliquéd hearts. The fabrics were further embellished with hand embroidery and buttons.
The first set of squares I created were Live, Laugh, Love. I made a background by quilting a piece of hand dyed cotton using free machine squiggles and hearts. The squares are hand sewn onto the quilted fabric; the back fabric is attached and the edges are finished using blanket stitch.
For the Love, Life, Happiness quilt I made a background fabric from fabric scraps. I have free machined strips of fabric together and then quilted them. The three squares were then hand embroidered onto this background and finished with blanket stitch.
I love the rugged finish on both of these miniature quilts and the most satisfying thing is that all materials were found treasures in my bits and bobs box.
As you will know by now I love flowers and at this time of year I am fascinated with the delicate structures of the seed heads. My third quilt is inspired by these. I have free machined seed heads onto my pieced background fabrics and then further embellished with hand embroidery. My backgrounds have been created using fabric scraps/strips and free machined together.
I have loved making these. They have provided me with the perfect opportunity to switch off and unwind for a while. A good coffee and a relaxing playlist always help.