Design your own Stencil/When the words *I Love you* are not enough


*Ethnic Heart*
stenciled, hand-embroidered and machine quilted


If you have read my previous posts you will know that I been making my own stencils in a Silhoutte Cameo machine. In this case, I combined and modified two of their designs to achieve this particular one, which I called *Ethnic Heart*.
After the stencil was cut, I decided to do a monochromatic quiltlet and chose two shiva paint sticks to colored in on a white piece of satin fabric.
With the help of the sewing machine I sewed with thick Aurifil 12w thread all around the shapes. Once finished, I chose a 28w thread from the same color family to embellish with hand-embroidery.
This was an excellent project to do while watching the Winter Olympic Games...pausing my work when the ice skating performers were on, since it is my favorite part!
 I never chose white thread to sew on white fabric. I love to choose a light colored thread to give the piece a lightly colored background. Especially good are 28w Aurifil thread, which gives you just enough coverage that it plays beautifully with the light and adds interest to your piece.
Started sewing freely around the heart.
This is the finished quiltlet. It is for one of my dearest friends, to let her know how I feel about her because the words *I Love you* are sometimes not enough!
Happy Valentines Day!


16 comments:

  1. Beautiful! If your friend doesn't know you love her before you give her this, she most surely will afterward!

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    1. Thank you dear Margaret for your sweet comment! I can't wait to give it to her.

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  2. Beautiful, Margarita. I just adore the colors and especially the machine quilting.

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    1. Thank you dear Denise for your nice comment :)

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  3. Hi Maragrita, How you've grown and really put me to shame. Your work on this heart is truly stunning. The strippling background is amazing too. I haven't sent you very much lately. I've had some very bad news from the doctors I am now awaiting a specialist appointment today to see when I have too have surgery. I won't know the final prognosis until they do further testing at the time of surgery. So I'd greatly appreciate it if you say a little prayer for me. I have got some pictures to show you on your facebook page my friend. Godbless and once again your heart is so beautiful. Julie Beard

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    1. My dear Julie,
      I am so sorry for the news. Love the pictures of your work. Thanks for sharing. My prayers are with you.
      send you a BIG hug mate!

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  4. I love everything about this piece. So beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thank you Norma, Happy Valentine's Day to you, too.

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  5. so thoughtful, many decisions to make a lovely heart.
    LeeAnna
    lapaylor.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you LeeAnna. I design my stencils thinking about the final embellishment.

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  6. Beautiful quilt! I especially love the quilting you did on the heart!

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    1. Thank you Renee, hand-embroidery is very relaxing.

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  7. Very nice work! Is there any trapunto in it?

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