I just put the final stitches into this oooold UFO. She's the sister my Fall Madonna, and here and here are some of the process photos, jeez, from 2010.
I got stuck with this piece because I felt like the Madonna looked like she was floating in space. Easy fix: I extended the poinsettia swag under her.
This piece is built on a vintage napkin, and features, broiderie perse, silk ribbon embroidery, and lots of beads. The embellished lace circle represents the new moon.
I had to add a bird.
The Virgin's beaded skirt references the Mexican national costume, and the poinsettia is native to Mexico, and a flower associated with winter. La Flor de la Nochebuena, the title of this quilt, comes from one of the Spanish names for this flower, which literally means Christmas Eve Flower.
I have been saving this backing and binding fabric of gold poinsettias for a long time. The quilt is labelled, like lots of my other quilts, with a vintage doily.
Many blessings in 2014 to all. I'm relieved to begin the new year with one less unfinished project.