Tuesday, 24 September 2013

I'm Bored so I'm Blogging

 Hi Everyone,

My Part 4 of LE is complete,and I am very happy with it.

I think the elements I used from Esther's pattern have combined well with the broderie perse from my inspiration fabrics. I had been planning  vibrant shades of pink and yellow,  my end result amazes me as it is nothing like I thought it would be. Thank you Glenda for the wonderful fabrics you sent me, the two flowers I used in this have such a glow to them.
Thinking ahead I am wondering how much difference I can get in my flowers or are the corners all going to look the same. I hope not,  at least I have plenty of time to experiment with fussy cutting my fabrics before part 5.

Searching through Mum's fabric's as I always do when I go back I have found my border fabric.
Left behind on the last two trips because "I will never use that" Not my style of fabric at all, but once again LE has spoken. Esther what have you and LE done to me!!!!!

This is done with photo editing.

When I found the fabric I took it in to Mum, she says it is another of my late Aunt's fabric's.
Laid out on her bed with the center over it, it looked very stark against my background and it nearly didn't come home but at the last minute I packed it.
I've tried all sorts of colors, this is the only one that doesn't seem to make a wall  around the center with my zigzags, and I have fallen in love with the pattern on it so I am using it. Itching to stitch but I haven't - Yet!!!


 It's raining this morning and we lost another America's cup race so I had to do something positive, Lol
Just in case, I still have left  my extra center fabric underneath.
I pencil marked a line quarter inch from my points and positioned my border edge to the line, 
then stitched a quarter inch seam, has worked pretty well.
Have zigzag stitched outer edges of border and have 3/4 inch to trim off later.

Well know for something different.
I know a huge number of people making LE are also embroiderers. If not you couldn't possibly hand stitch so beautifully. These next photo's are for you as Mum asked me to bring home and look after two of my Aunt's afternoon tea cloths from the Mid 1900's. I hope you enjoy.

Just teasing, this is the reverse of her work

A very simple afternoon tea cloth
But wait, there's more

My Aunt was 25 when she made this in 1948
I am blown away by the perfection of her stitching.

1st Prize  for all of New Zealand.
I think in 1948 the prize money would have bought a lot more embroidery thread.

And Embroidery number 2

A very simple stem stitch Embroidery made in 1952

Maybe not so simple after all

I think these very correct letters from the time just add so much.
Both of these were made before I was born so I know why by the time I was about 10
I stopped trying to do embroidery !!!

Oh help, I just about forget to thank all of you who voted for my Table runner at Quilting Gallery last week. Final result Red December was 6th overall. Thanks Esther for a wonderful pattern.

Cheer's everyone, enjoy stitching your incredible LE journey.
Linking this to Esther's WOW Tomorrow.


  1. Quilt is fantastic, so looking forward to starting the vases when I get home from my trip - should be able to start by the weekend I think

  2. Thats a very nice quilt your aunt made.

  3. What a touching moment in history and what stunning embroidery skills, I love your Aunt's work, and how beautiful that you are around to cherish it. I often wonder how many hand made beauties such as this one were lost to time....

    As for your Part 4, what a beauty! I love your broderie perse use here, I designed the pattern so that the flowers were in that 'style' so you could go either way and I love that you have combined that idea. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  4. LE is looking great,thank you for the lovely photos of your aunts work it is truly beautiful obviously it runs in the family.

  5. Love your LE! Seems like you needlework skills run in the family.

  6. Hi Jenny just wondering can't you use the same embroidered flowers from your aunt in one of the next vases, still time to practice before part 5 is released! creativity for certain runs in your family.

  7. Wow! Great work on your LE - it's looking fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing your Aunt's embroidery too, clearly excellent needleworking runs in the family!

  8. Your LE is looking so good Jenny and your mums fabric is perfect adds such a soft touch seen from a distance. Thanks for sharing your Aunts table clothes with us, Stem stitch is one of my favourite stitches and here it is shown in all it's glory such a simple stitch but can be quiet stunning. Your Aunts padded satin stitch is incredible, what treasures you have Jenny especially with the letters to tell their stories. Hugs Glenda

  9. Your LE is so beautiful and that border looks just right with it.
    I'm in awe of your Aunt's embroidery - absolute perfection!


  10. Such beautiful embroidery. I know you feel lucky to have it. Love your LE progress. The "new" fabric is great

  11. Oh my goodness Jenny now I know where your talents come from your work is impeccable and so is your aunts what a wonderful piece of family heirlooms to cherish. Your LE is beautiful perfection is what comes to mind.
    Hugs Bunny

  12. Your LE looks wonderful! Fantastic embroidery you show!

  13. Yes! Your Love Entwined is stunning. Isn't it funny how fabrics we've always disliked will do that? In just the right situation, they step up and say, "See! I'm the perfect one" and blow our mind. ;D I've got a fabric I have never liked and almost threw out many times that's working gorgeously (completely astonished me) in my double wedding ring. Actually, two of them. And it rocks. ;D

  14. Jenny your work is beautiful as is your aunts.

  15. Love the fabrics that you have used for ester quilt. I also am going to use button hole, so it is quicker. I am just picking my fabrics now

  16. Hello Jenny, wow, your flowers are amazing on the LE. I love your colors. It's so nice to work the LE.

    Heleni (netherland)