Dec 07 12

On the Design Wall

This looks a little disjointed, but it will be the center section of a quilt I’m working on and this center section will be roughly 54 inches square.  I’m still designing a  border design that will wrap around it, but there’s a lot I want to do before I even piece this center section together.  These are all machine embroidered applique shapes that were cut from Appli-K-Kutz dies using my Sizzix machine.  Die cutting has completely spoiled me and I wonder what I did for all those years before I knew about it!

There are 2 types of flower blocks in this section.  First up is a 4-patch block of what I’m calling “Flower C:”

There are actually 2 different versions of Flower C.  The shape of the flower and stem are the same, but the way they’re embroidered is different.  Here is Flower C1:  (Don’t you love how creatively I’m naming things?!)

The insides of the petals here have swirls and although my closeup doesn’t show the stem portion, it has some pretty teardrop leaf shapes for internal embroideries.  This is in contrast to Flower C2 below:

You can see that the petals are embroidered differently and you get a tiny glimpse of the stem structure, and it has a different internal embroidery design as well.  Next up is another 4-patch flower block that’s composed of smaller Flower A blocks:

This is a simple flower but I am in love with it’s splayed curviness:

The other 2 block types are not flower-related.  This next block is a new type of wreath block:

I made this block by first stitching out the original swag wreath block that’s used in the “Christmas is Coming Table Topper:”

…but I skipped all the stitching sequences for the swirls, so this left me with a circle composed of swags with an empty center.  I then re-hooped and stitched the 8 1/2 inch diameter feathered wreath inside.  I still have to make 1 more block of this for the bottom center row but this block stitches up pretty quickly.  My last block is the very center block, and there’s only 1 like it in this quilt:

And here’s a closeup of the center embroidered appliques:

My plan is to do some trapuntoed quilting on each of these blocks before they are even pieced together and I’m hoping to start this next week.  Stay tuned…

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  1. Cyn in S Calif Says:

    Gorgeous, Patsy, absolutely stunning! The design, the color, everything.
    Isn’t Sizzix wonderful? I haven’t had mine long, but love it already.

  2. Debbie St. Germain Says:

    I always love your fabric choices, they are so stunning with the contrasts. I do love the combination of the blue and greens, would love to try something like that.


  3. vickie van dyken Says:

    just beautiful!! not timid 🙂 I love that

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Ohhhhhhh my goodness!! that is just awesome.

  5. carolyn Says:

    wow! i am so very impressed! beautiful color choices and the embroidery…simply stunning…bet your trapunto work will amp it up even more!