I finished this piece I've been working on. I think of it as a collage of fabric and embellishments more than as a crazy quilt. It doesn't have much embroidery, unlike "Little Flower." I think I am taking a break from heavily embellished pieces for now. (Or perhaps, this is what passes as light embellishment for me.)
I used vintage linens and lace, fabric, trim, and lots of beads. Most of the border fabrics are home dec samples.
This is my second time working with transfers made from holy card images. They have a lot of significance for me, as they call up my childhood in a very sentimental and innocent way. I like the way these images fit so nicely on vintage handkerchiefs.
I use plain old pre-made t-shirt transfer sheets from the fabric store. I make the photo transfers by running the sheets through my printer, and when I iron them onto the handkerchief, the print of the fabric shows through.
Allie Aller gave me this silk panel. I embroidered over the message and did a bit of had embroidery and beading.
This patch is from a handkerchief that I cut down and embellished.
The lighting was bad when I took the photo of the whole piece: the sky was black and stormy. The detailed photos came out better, however.
I cut the gold flowers from a trim and I used a lot of sequins and pearls. The beading did double duty in that it also hold the quilt layers together.
Most of the flowers in this piece were pre-made and I combined them with beaded accents.
In the middle of this photo you can see some small pearls from an old broken necklace.
I like the way this part looks like an apple blossom branch.
Click on the images for close-up views.