Variations on a Theme {Textiles}

With my love of fabrics, appliqué, and embroidery, using textiles in my variations on a theme was the obvious next step in seeing how many ways I could use one photograph to inspire creative works. In case you missed the previous variations (and to see the original photo), read these posts:
Variations on a Theme {Watercolor}
Variations on a Theme {Gelatin Plate Prints}

I designed a quilt block for the base of my design and then hand appliquéd the white flowers to the quilt block using embroidery thread and the blanket stitch. I also embroidered stems, additional flowers, and lines on the building. The colored buttons made wonderful centers for my flowers.

Since I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the finished block, I only did the hand stitching on the one layer of fabric (without batting). Once I decided to make a wall hanging, I added the yellow and green fabrics to the sides, top, and bottom of the quilt block, layered the whole piece on batting and a backing fabric, and then hand quilted designs onto the yellow and green fabrics. If I were to do it again, I would have done the appliqué and embroidery through the batting and back fabric layer as well to give it a little more texture and stability. I finished off the edges with binding matching the back fabric layer and one of the window panes.

Daisy-Wall-Hanging

Daisy-Quilt-Block

Now to figure out how to hang it… or maybe it’s just the right size for a sweet baby doll blanket for a granddaughter!


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