Inspiration is the beginning of the creative process. The creative process for my next book, Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited, began with an antique quilt and the stitches of a needle artist from the past.
I was intrigued with this quilt the first moment I saw it. Although it may be defined as a crazy quilt, I was drawn by its unique lack of ornate embellishment…no ribbon or lace or fancy velvets and silks. The cloth patchwork was simply complemented with basic embroidery stitches and crewel yarn. The simplicity of the quilt is its eloquence.
My quilting bucket list included a crazy quilt. I must admit up to this point a crazy quilt was intimidating. There are numerous methods for making the crazy blocks, not to mention all the possibilities of stitches and ribbons and threads and beads and buttons to embellish the blocks. I seriously considered a crazy quilt might be the one item never checked off the list.
But the more I looked over this embroidered treasure, the more I was inspired by its creator to take on the project. Studying the quilt I found 12 basic stitches, a dozen or so repeated floral motifs and 8 thread colors. This seemed doable.
And so the process began…
Was it as hard as I thought? No! I planned a simple way to piece the patchwork blocks (as is shown in the book). The fans pieced together easily. Each block was worked as a mini quilt as we had fun doodling with thread and stitches to add the embroidery to the patchwork.
Should you decide one or two mini quilts are your limit, the book offers smaller projects such as this block case or tote.
A seamstress, quilter, appliqué enthusiast, pattern designer, and teacher, Janice enjoys sharing her love of needlearts with her students. Her teaching credentials include the past 7 years at The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy, the International Quilt Festival, Texas quilt guilds, and quilt and sewing shops for over 20 years.
Jan finds joy studying the methods used by needle artists of antique quilts and vintage embroidery and how they interpreted their designs with elements of embroidery, stumpwork and ribbonwork. The exquisite handwork of treasured vintage pieces is the inspiration for her fresh new designs.
She is the author of the upcoming Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited,Applique & Embroidery Fundamentals and the award-winning The Elegant Art of Hand Embroidery, Embellishment & Applique.