InstructionsUsed two BOM applique blocks, reversed and sewn together at middle. Hand quilted with variegated embroidery floss. Hand beaded with Czech glass beads. Japanese fabric flower techniques with Mill Hill glass bead stamens.
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Hipster, Cute, Funky, Casual, Mod, Whimsical
Cotton fabric, cotton batting, Czech glass beads, variegated embroidery floss
What was your inspiration?
I wanted to learn appliqu, but not in love with most kits, etc. available at that time. Bought two commercial BOM applique blocks and twisted them into what I like. I wanted to play with chunky textural quilting, so used variegated embroidery floss cross stitch quilt. It's displayed in a narrow, dark, turquoise hallway, so I wanted it to POP!. Added the beads the catch the light. The flowers were made to hide a scorch mark and a not perfectly aligned seam.
What are you most proud of?
The way the disparate elements all came together in a cohesive whole. It looks the way I imagined it: textural and appeals to several senses. And it sparkles!
Most important: I learned several new to me techniques.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Be patient! This is not a quick and dirty immediate gratification project. It's hand appliqued, though better sewists than I will easily machine applique or fuse it. The beading is done by hand and takes time. The Flowers are a mix of machine + hand sewing with hand beading....plus tacking them on the piece, by hand.