A Stitcher’s Garden

This is Lynn’s beautiful quilt. She took a class that focused on machine applique

and  machine embroidery.  There are some really cool blocks within this quilt and

Lynn always has some incredible fabrics within the quilt top itself.


Lynn’s Quilt

I love the aqua blue border, it really adds a pop of color.


Blue border

In this block, the background has been quilted already.  Most of the blocks in

this quilt have this added feature.  It really does add another layer of dimension

and design to the quilt.


I’m not sure if you can see that there are pink buttons on the top of the flower.

There were alot of embellishments added as well.  Lynn mentioned that each

block took up  alot of time to create.  I believe her, so much detail in each block.


A multi colored yarn was used for the center of the flower heads.  It is amazing

what different fibers one can use to embellish a quilt.


This is one of my favorite  blocks.  These flowers are surrrounded by a thick

thread called Razzle Dazzle, by Ricki Tims.  I quilted a small zigzag stitch

around the thread, just to give it more stablilty and help keep it from sifting

or coming off the quilt top.  In the centre of each flower is a piece of thin

foam, in the shape of a flower petal.  Lynn mentioned picking these up

at the Dollar Store.  Again, you have to keep your eyes open to the

possibilities of what  materials,besides cotton, you can use in quilting.


This multi colored flower was created by machine embroidery.  Isn’t it

gorgeous?  I totally love it!  I can’t imagine the amount of thread it must

have sucked up though.

In the purple border. I stitched in feathers.


Again, the blue flower head draws me to it.  Around this block, I stitched

a simple loop de loop design.

The buttons around this block are so cute. Michaels, is the store where

they were purchased.  The thread that has been stitched around the block

is pretty thick as well.


The background area has a stitched vertical line in it as well. I think that

the students in this class were encouraged to use some of the decorative

stitches on their sewing machine.  What a great idea to use these stitches

in this way.  Most of us don’t use these decorative stitches at all.


The background area has stitched lines are

cross hatched.

I wanted to do something different in the half square area, so

diagonal lines seemed interesting.  In the pink area, I stitched

in a wavy line, just to add some  contrast to the area.


The flower, on the left hand side, is another machine embroidered flower.

This is another cute flower.  I like the diagonal background lines and the

foam center too.  As you can see, there were alot of little borders surrounding

the blocks  so I tried to use the same motifs over and over but in different areas.


This block looks similar to a previous one but the flower is different.

I like the stitching in the background area too. There are 2 layers of

batting in all of these blocks too.  The first layer was added when

the block was constructed and all the background stitching was done.

The second layer was added when I quilted the quilt too.

Another neat block and stitching in the background area.


Around some of the blocks, there was purple sashing.

Loops were added in the purple sashing, just to mix up

the quilting a bit and add some interest.

Rick rack is what makes up the stem of this flower.  Again, what a great concept.


I think this may be the last flower block.  I took pictures of each one.

There is so much color, detail, embellishments and stitching to this

quilt top.  It is amazing and a work of art, in and of itself. I think that

Lynn must have had alot of fun creating this quilt.


What a great color for the backing of the quilt. You can see the feathers and the

swirls that were used on the outer purple border.


More of the quilt back.  This quilt was alot of fun to quilt.  I spent alot of time

just looking at it and finding so many neat items that can be added to a quilt top.

Whoever designed this quilt is very clever and creative.

See you next week.



7 thoughts on “A Stitcher’s Garden

  1. glendajean says:

    My goodness Linda that is quiet a tutorial, so so much eye candy and a little lesson on each photo. I have an iMac computer so I’m able to zoom in and really see what you were saying about the added bits and pieces. Like the flower in photo 4 quiet amazing. I dropped in for a cople of mins and stayed for around 30 mins so thanks so much for spending hours doing this when you could of been quilting. Cheers Glenda

  2. ruthq2013 says:

    Hi Glenda,
    I am glad that you are enjoying the photos. I also have a Mac and love it too. My new camera takes great photos and the ability to enlarge them is even better. Lynn did a great job with creating this quilt-the easy part -for me- was quilting it. I really enjoyed looking at all the detail too.

  3. Karabeta says:

    Thank you for sharing! Your quilting is amazing! Love how you emphasized every single area in its own way. I only ever stitched in the ditch and the most daring I did was a little shadowlining (straight lines only). Your work is truly inspiring and I feel like moving on even if I hardly know what I’m doing, but there has to be a start somewhere…Great work!

    • ruthq2013 says:

      HI Karebeta,
      Thanks for your encouraging words. You have to try new things and step outside of your box. Find some quilting that you like and try them. Keep experimenting and you will get better and even surprise yourself.

      • ruthq2013 says:

        I feel like I don’t know where to begin sometimes but usually one idea comes to mind and I go with that. Then, other ideas follow and usually I get stuck on the borders. You can even take a picture of the quilt before you begin and start doodling on it. This helps too because you can see what the finished quilting designs look like before you even begin.

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