“Golden Oldie” Collage

I hardly ever have a chance to quilt for myself, so I decided it was time for a small linen. I started with a 34″ square, drawn thread linen piece from my stash.

I’m so glad I have this wrinkled before shot so you can see the magic that happens.  Next, I chose this great “silk society” round (about 10″ in diameter), that I had found in an antique shop.

I always try to do a quick sketch of my plan. Trust me, it’s nothing fancy!

Then the magic begins! I may put in a few registration lines with a blue, water erasable pen, and then I start quilting. I first attached the round embroidered piece in the center by quilting around the edges and outlining the butterfly/heart motifs. I didn’t want to compromise the piece too much, so I kept it simple. The initials in the middle are amazingly stitched and I wanted them to really stand on their own! Those ladies of yesteryear were meticulous in their stitching. I can’t stop admiring the handwork!

Underneath the drawn threadwork I placed a piece of gold lame to make it really pop! The silk embroidery is so pronounced and I wanted to compliment the golds in the thread.

After 10 hours of quilting, here is the big TA-DA!! I cannot tell you how pleased I am with this beauty!

OH, don’t forget the stitched butterflies! These are very subtle, but I like to mimic something from the original linen and this was perfect!




I finished this with an ivory satin binding, added a few crystals and viola!! Enjoy!



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    Wild Oak Designs
    April 24, 2015

    what kind of batting did you use and thread….I have recently learned new techniques…always learning more…so I am interested. It is breathtaking! Did you do this on a home machine or LongArm??

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    April 24, 2015

    Hi Nancy, I used 80/20 on the bottom and wool on the top. I work on a Handi Quilter Fusion, long arm. Thanks!

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      December 16, 2016

      what do you mean by 80/20 on bottom and wool on top? amazing work by the way. really well done….

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        December 17, 2016

        Thank you! Sorry, I get caught up in talking to quilters, assuming everyone knows what I’m talking about! This refers to batting, 80/20 is a batting mix of polyester and cotton. Wool is 100% wool batting. Thanks for asking!

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          December 21, 2016

          so you layered both the poly mix and wool batting together? within this quilt?

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    November 16, 2015

    So inspiring, stuningly beautiful.

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    September 28, 2016

    Stunning…what type of thread did you use?

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    May 28, 2017

    Wow, I wish you were my best friend. What gorgeous pieces! I love the hanky quilt the most.

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