Vintage Embroidery – Modern Quilt

Vintage Embroidery, Modern Quilt

Several years ago, a friend offered me these embroidery Ladies and Baskets that her elderly mother had made.

I loved the embroidery, but wanted a more “modern” look to my quilt.

Vintage Embroidery, Modern Quilt

I added sashings and borders in bright, clear colors.

Vintage Embroidery, Modern Quilt

In order to quilt the blocks..I outlined each embroidered pattern–and left the embroidery clear of quilting.

Vintage Embroidery, Modern Quilt I added swirls and twirls…

Vintage Embroidery, Modern Quilt

Spirals and squares…

Vintage Embroidery, Modern Quilt

And a few feathers in the borders…Vintage Embroidery, Modern Quilt

I really love this lap sized quilt–bridging vintage and modern!

If you don’t have a friend who can share the vintage gems…try scouring your local antique shops–I see squares like these frequently–and sadly, they are always UNDER–PRICED!

Signed,

Lady Lori-lounging under a lap quilt and reading “Sense and Sensibility”

PS…All images, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to blog, pin, tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you!

 

A Doodle Exercise–How to Design a Free Motion Quilt Block

Heart Doodles

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

This is a page in one of my (many) sketchbooks.

I sketch almost every day for at least a few minutes.  Mostly doodling…After a while (this may take days, weeks, months)  the doodles converge on a motif or and idea and a quilt idea takes root...

For me the Creative Process of developing a quilt or quilt motif is always the same:

  • Scribble
  • Doodle
  • Ideas Converge
  • Quilt Idea
  • Sketch Several Variations
  • Stitch the Quilt

TODAY’S DOODLE EXERCISE:

  • Begin with a square and then draw a larger square around it….
  • Most people doodle a motif or two…Take that motif (or-pick a pattern you have been practicing from the Tuesday Tutorials HERE)
  • Add your motif in different sizes within the two squares.
  • Add some upside down motifs.
  • Add half motifs..
  • Try to fill the entire space
  • Modify the motif to add interest…
  • Now use another sheet of paper and do it again…
  • Divide the space into rectangles or triangles…

Heart Doodles

Once you have a few ideas sketched…give them  a whirl on a piece of fabric…(and send me a photo!)

Pretty soon you’ll be writing your own “Tuesday Tutorials” and Guest Posting at The Inbox Jaunt…then I can retire….?!

Lori

PS…All images, tutorials, and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to blog, pin and tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!