Handmade patchwork quilt in ‘Sunshine & Shadow’ pattern, featuring detailed hand embroidery and special little name & birth date square
Dimensions: 50” x 50” (127cm x 127cm)
This beautifully crafted ‘light to dark’ quilt is a perfect ‘new baby’ present or something for your own family to keep forever as an heirloom. The quilt has been pieced together from hundreds of 3” x 3” squares in a variety of collected, found and re-cycled fabrics, all cotton and cotton mix. Some special ones include William Morris, Liberty prints and textured corduroy. A modern take on the traditional ‘Sunshine & Shadow’ style, this quilt has a funky patchwork pattern in the middle, surrounded by a hand embroidered and stripey border. I’ve used whites and light blues as the ‘sunshine’, gradually getting darker through blues, greys and greens until finishing with navys and purples as the ‘shadow’ at the edge.
A unique feature of this quilt is the detailed hand embroidered panels which act as the border to the patchwork pattern in the middle. The text is an extract from Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale of Tom Kitten’. Stitched entirely by hand, each letter has been embroidered using colour fast stranded cotton in a delicate satin stitch, on 100% white linen. The text is brought alive by the quirky arrangement of the words and the original use of colours, for example a different brightly coloured thread used for each letter of the word ‘tumbled’, with the letters arranged to ‘tumble down. The quilt also features a special, totally unique, name and birth date square on a blue and white polka dot fabric.
The quilt has been constructed using Hobbs heirloom quality batting and machine-quilted in a diamond pattern, which really compliments the patchwork pattern. Attention to detail includes using corresponding coloured thread for quilting – starting with white thread in the middle and slowly getting darker through to the edge with light blue, grey, blue, green, purple and navy.
Sunshine & Shadow Patchwork and Hand-Embroidered Quilt
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