My sweet friend, Denniele, Louanna Mary Quilt Design, brought me this beautiful antique linen all the way from New Zealand. What a treat! I should also mention, she bought it in an antique store on KANSAS STREET! (I live in Kansas) I have scads of linens, but this one was calling me, NOW! I popped it on between some customer quilts yesterday and OHHHH, what a finish! I can’t get over how it glows.
My layering on the longarm is as follows, backing, double batting of 80/20 and 100% wool, Dupioni silk and finally, the vintage embroidery. The double batting always gives a piece the look of Trapunto, without any extra work.
I use my small, palm ruler as resistance against the foot, to outline around the edge of the linen and do some ditch stitching. It’s small, fits your hand perfectly, and the rounded ends won’t get caught up like the annoying corners on a straight ruler. You can order them here, Kelly Cline rulers! I usually ship them out the same day you order them, so you’ll be a ruler pro in no time!
This is before any stitching. Sweet to begin with!
Stitched down and then I started with a few lines of echoing.
And there you have it! These linen pieces stitch up in an afternoon, unlike days on a large quilt. Maybe too, they are just beautiful! A wonderful presentation for someone’s amazing handwork from the past. I always hope they would be proud!