I'm a sucker for vintage linens and over the years I have bought a lot of them, thinking I would use them to make "something."
One of them was a partially finished dresser scarf that had 3 motifs embroidered on it with space in each one for something else. I decided to embroider some old phrases that I found in a book about vintage linens. I did that a few years ago.
In the mean time, I've seen a few items done by other people and I got out some of the many doilies that I also purchased - mostly at garage sales.
Remember, this is an experiment and I didn't want it to take forever, so I layered it, slapped on some doilies and started free motion quilting on it with no markings at all. I quilted hooked feathers around the center motif and on each end. Then I filled in empty spaces with pebble stitching. I stitched pebbles on the parts of the doilies that didn't have feathers and I really couldn't see where one pebble started and another ended, so I was almost quilting blind.
Lastly, I stippled inside each motif. It came out kind of wonky, but was a good practice piece. It gives me some ideas of how not to do it next time - if there is a next time. I can't decide if I like it or not. I know I could have done a better job on it, but as I said it was an experiment and I learned a few things from it. I'm going to post this piece on QuiltShopGal's blog for Creative Goodness link party today.
Now for the bad news. I have carpal tunnel syndrome and my doctor said I should quit sewing while I have therapy done. Once I start therapy, I will see what the therapist says and will try to abide by those instructions. Maybe I can use the time to get better organized, work on genealogy and read more. I hope the therapy will work and I can continue sewing for many more years.
Have any of you had this and what did you do about it?