Relics from the WIP-box

Yesterday’s monkey was at the top of my WIP box. Digging deeper, I found something I hdn’t seen in quite a long time:


This is a quilt-top that I made back in high school when my grandmother was teaching me how to quilt. It was just a simple block pattern, baby-sized. To make it more interesting, I decided to embroider something on each of the large blocks. The embroidery (which, looking at it now, was quite the massive undertaking) is finished, but I haven’t backed it. It’s for my daughter. Since I haven’t got a daughter yet, I don’t feel too much pressure to finish it. (Oh, and to all of my relatives who said I couldn’t possibly give something that beautiful to a baby to use, I’ve had two now and I disagree. Babies are nice to their things. Toddlers, on the other hand, are murder with sticky fingers. She won’t get to use it once peanut butter enters the diet, but I’ll give it back when she’s older.)

Man. Looking at it, I loved doing it so much. Although many (in fact, most) of these designs were inspired by other artwork, these were all done from my own drawings. Click to see the designs more closely.

dragon faerie dryad selkie centaur gryphon phoenix unicorn faun kelpie slyph pegasus

Gee, that gryphon looks familiar… Sorry for the poor lighting. It’s what we’ve got. I love the artistic element of embroidery, but the thing is – you need something to embroider on. And I can’t seem to come up with too many things that ought to be embroidered, so I don’t do it much. I want to do it more…I need to think about it.


  1. Julie says:

    Wow – the quilt and the embroidery are gorgeous! I love embroidery – I took a redwork class a few years ago, became addicted, and joined right away when the instructor started a redwork club. I agree that not much seems to need embroidering on these days, but I love to just grab a piece of fabric, trace a picture on it, and stitch away! I shall worry about what to do with all my stitching some other day, fiddle dee dee. :)

  2. bezzie says:

    Oh that’s gorgeous!! I dont know though. I had some really pretty baby quilts my mom sort of made for Chunky that now hang in my dining room. I am SO glad I never let him use them. Thank goodness I didn’t–three words: exploding baby poops!!!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Oh my GOSH! I am a mythical obsessor. Oh dear. I LOVE this. Get this…I started a quilt with embroidered large squares with my first child and each embroidery was of a FAIRY or sprite! Not too far into it…have two-one boy and one girl. Ironically, I have those in REAL life too.

    This is so fabulous! I love it!

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