Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Love Entwined 2: the Hand Sewn Top

After months of countless handwork, I wanted a post to document my completely hand sewn applique top before I quilted it. Hand sewing has definitely bonded me to this quilt in unexpected ways. We all know what a mysterious background it has and the constant wondering of the woman who designed it in the 1800's is always there, lurking n the background. And, true enough, each time I took up my top to sew a little more, there was always a brief thought of her, the unknown woman, as I set about completing her extraordinary motifs in the pattern. 
looking at it now, I can barely believe I did all this work!
I can tell just by looking at it, what time I did the work
The small neat stitches were made during the day, the larger looser stitches were made during the night, I have two stitch speeds, daytime and nighttime :)
now all that's left is to quilt it...
The original Love Entwined Coverlet was designed to revive interest in the lost original - a cause many quilters around the world took up - managing to finding the original and reigniting interest in it's origins by taking part in the pattern. Thanks to this effort, this design is no longer forgotten and by the looks of things, will be around for many more years. 
This second version LE2 is a focus on the original centre panel but as a wall hanging and is therefore much more achievable for many more quilters.

This pattern is currently not available, however I may make it available for publication in a magazine next year, depending on their interest to run it. My hopes are to have it published so that it may be professionally photographed - something I am unable to do myself.

I'll keep you posted..

10 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful. You will do lovely quilting with your sewing machine. Enjoy the process!

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  2. This is so beautiful. You will do lovely quilting with your sewing machine. Enjoy the process!

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  3. Congratulations. It's lovely and I know how much work was involved.

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  4. It is really breathtaking! You did a great job Esther!

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  5. I love the variations you chose for the red and white fabrics. Congratulations on another beautiful quilt. Looking forward to see the quilting progress.

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  6. Wow Esther it's beautiful to love the borders. Bunny

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  7. Beautiful, it reminds me of the red delicious!
    groetjes van Marijke

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  8. So beautiful, and I'm just so impressed it is entirely hand sewn.

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  9. Wonderful applique, what an achievement.
    Congratulations on finishing the second top of LE.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  10. I don't know how you have time to breathe with all you do. I know you patterns leave me breathless. Beautiful beyond words.

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