Once upon a time, in a small kingdom far away, a self-professed art quilt blogger wrote about a terrific new book she had purchased, titled “Appliqué Art,” by Stewart Merrett. This book was a visual feast, with beautiful projects created from sumptuous velvets, silks, and moiré fabrics. The little blogger promised herself that she would one day tackle one of these enticing projects, and, finally, after a LONG, LONG time, she did.
She gathered together a collection of decorator fabrics . . .
and, using instructions from the beautiful book, she designed a letter “E” to place behind the lovely floral pattern. She used a satin stitch and 40-weight Sulky rayon thread to appliqué the pieces to the velvet background. The piece was then outline-quilted with 30-weight rayon . . .
"Love Letters: Amaryllis" ©2011 Diane Evans
and brought it to her local A.C. Moore shop to have them place it in a gilded frame.
Her husband (a prince of a man) was so pleased with the little wall quilt that he hung it in a place of honor in the castle, which pleased the blogger very much, since it had taken her SO LONG to finish the piece that she was certain it would languish in her pile of QuIPs (“Quilts In Progress”).
The moral of this tale? You can finish anything you set out to do if you have enough determination and a 65%-off coupon from your local frame shop.