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Monday, September 14, 2009

Finished tomato quilt


After I completed all the hand stitching, using embroidery thread to blanket stitch the pieces to the background fabric, I decided to cut it out in the shape of a tomato cross-section. This felt like a better "fit" to me, staying with the shape that dominated the quilt rather than leaving it square or rectangular.


Next, the quilt needed some filler, so I stitched a few clusters of the large purple seed beads (the same ones that I used for seeds in the largest tomato) all around the quilt.

I made a traditional "quilt sandwich" with the top, thin cotton batting, and a backing. Both the batting and the backing were cut bigger than the top. I quilted by machine, doing a very simple outline around the largest shapes. Next, I cut the edges even and ran a zig zag stitch around the outside several times through all the layers.



The final step was to add hand sewn blanket stitch all around the outside, picking up a large green seed bead with each stitch. It's easier to see them in the close up shots.



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13 comments:

kate said...

My goodness- that is so beautiful! How long did it take you to do that?

Cyndi L said...

Thank you so much, Kate! Amazingly enough, the stitching part didn't take all that long...I don't know really, maybe about 12 to 15 hours? But the drawing planning part took two days!

Mony said...

wow...this work are wonderful!!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, Mony! It's so different from what I usually make, and I really love it :-)

Scrappy Cat said...

This turned out amazing Cyndi! I love your tomatoes - and to think you drew them yourself (and you didn't think you could draw - hah!). And the beads add a great touch.

Cyndi L said...

I learned from this experience that anyone can draw! LOL!!

Limar said...

Yes, this is really beautiful! Very nice work. Next a bedspread, no? LOL

Cyndi L said...

NO!!! LOL...horrors!! I've never worked that big :-)

Linda Augsburg said...

Amazing!! I don't know which I'm more impressed with--you drew it yourself or that it didn't take you very long!!

Cyndi L said...

LOL!! Well, it's very teeny :-)

Eileen Bergen said...

Simply beautiful. Your detail work is stunning! I can't believe you did so much of it by hand.

VBR said...

Gorgeous quilt. The colors are wonderful and the lines flow so beautifully. Thank you for sharing!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you! I'm looking forward to making some more... :-)

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