“Flower Dancer”, Brazilian Embroidery

Customer Quilts | April 15, 2016 | By

Get ready for some incredible embroidered eye candy! This piece was sent to me by Freda, in Florida. She had asked if I could quilt the background. Of course, I said yes, she mailed, and I proceeded to stare at it for a few months because I was simply overwhelmed by it’s beauty. I will also admit I was somewhat intimidated by her meticulous stitching and was afraid to even start!


The original piece is 18″ x 24″ and the background is more of a cream color than white. Pictures never show the depth of color, but trust me, this one is amazing!





The pattern is called, “Flower Dancer”, and you can see from the photos it is absolutely stunning without doing anything else to the piece. You can order the kit at JDR Brazilian Embroidery. I finally felt the mood one day and decided I’d better get started!


I like to quilt the outline of an embroidery before I do anything else. Using my ruler, I rest it against the hopping foot and move around the embroidery.


I begin the design process by dropping flower motifs around the embroidery and a few butterflies to mimic the embroidery. I always like to duplicate an element from the embroidery or fabric, if quilting a quilt.


After all the motifs were placed, I used a whimsical fill of paisleys, swirls and bubbles, to give the feeling of movement or dance to the overall embroidery. One more picture since the sun was shining just right later in the day!


There you have it! A beautiful piece, enhanced even more with quilting! Freda plans to create a small, crazy quilt border. It will be a wall hanging for a special granddaughter. I hope you enjoyed my Flower Dancer adventure! YES, even I ordered the kit and will be checking Mary Corbet’s video library for the new stitches I need to learn! Have a fabulous weekend!


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    April 17, 2016

    Stunning Embroidery but OMG Kelly your quilting is beyond words. Unbelievably amazing.

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    Susan Berke
    April 30, 2016

    Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!

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    Rina van der Ham
    April 30, 2016

    Really stunning. Both works are beautiful on their own but they compliment each other so that it looks like the have come alive and really dance in the sun.

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    Sue W
    April 30, 2016

    Quilting not only makes the quilt but an embroidery too……stunning!

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    April 30, 2016

    Truly amazing! Need another lifetime to do all the gorgeous embroidery that I would like to! Thanks for sharing!

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    Betty Lou
    May 1, 2016

    Beautiful. I am just going to start learning Brazilian Embroidery. I can hardly wait. Love this.

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    May 2, 2016

    I saw this on Pinterest and couldn’t help but drool not only because of the Brazilian embroidery which I have tackled but over the quilting. Exquisite.

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    Bobbie D.
    May 26, 2016

    I have been looking and looking for a project. OMG! This is absolutely beautiful. Need to order the kit tonight. I’m excited. This eye candy tops them all. What a treat. Thank you ladies!

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      May 26, 2016

      I did the same thing! Had to have the kit after working so closely on the quilting. Now I just need to start! Good luck Bobbie!

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    June 30, 2016

    What a magnificent piece of work. Congratulations to both of you. A very special granddaughter indeed!

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    August 15, 2016

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 3, 2016

    Hi Kelly, just found your blog and so glad I did, I am truly thankful that you share your process for us newbie longarmers! This piece is beautiful.

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    Sheila Oaten
    September 11, 2016

    i love all the texture you managed to fit into this beautiful piece, when you say “you dropped motifs into place”, do you mean you marked where they were to go or you actually quilted them and then went back and filled in ? I always love this seemingly random style, but can never achieve the same gay abandon

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      September 20, 2016

      Thanks Sheila! Yes, I stitched the motifs in their places, then went back and free motion filled the areas.

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    September 24, 2016

    The piece is just beautiful. The embroidery and quilting compliment each other so well. You both can be very proud.

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    Karen W
    October 1, 2016

    I’m new to your site, but when I saw this, it took my breath away!! Stunning embroidery & fabulous quilting — a perfect marriage!

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    November 1, 2016

    I’m not a quilter but I do many forms of stitching. I may have to learn to quilt to finish my work! I’ve never been so blown away!

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    July 23, 2017

    Absolutely beautiful work firstly I saw the Embroidery thinking I would love this design… Kelly your Quilting is amazing.. together they are a work of art.. thank you for sharing

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    ardene hanson
    April 1, 2018

    You are so gifted! You just made that art work shine. Your quilting is breathtaking. Love love it!

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    March 16, 2019

    I am french : very beautiful !!! thank you

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    Eva Greaves
    February 16, 2021

    I love this unique kind of Brazilian embroidery. It look so attractive. I would try this idea. Thanks for sharing.

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