I think we need some shiny inspiration in time for the New Year! What do you say?
I think this first one is just gorgeous! It is called "Lux Aurumque" by Jacquie Harvey of West Beckham, Holt, United Kingdom. Her design source was a Queen Ann silk embroidered bed cover. It is wholecloth, hand quilted, embroidered, couched and uses trapunto.
She says, "I am a wholecloth hand quilter with a great interest in historical quilt designs. English wholecloth quilts are traditionally made in one or two colours. I wanted to try this out myself, but by hand. I had not used embroidery stitches in a quilt before but this gave me an idea of how to use threads to introduce the colour I wanted. I used many different thicknesses of embroidery and quilting thread. The centre has been quilted and the outer border has been trapunto'd with wool. The title means "light and gold" which I thought was very appropriate."
Just look at all those tiny hand stitches.
The next quilt is actually a set of quilts called "Odin's Trilogy" by Linzi Upton of Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It won the Merit Quilting Award - Third Place. It is an original design which she freehand wholecloth quilted.
She says, "Odin's Trilogy is a triptych of wholecloth quilts inspired by Norse carvings. Metallic fabrics give the effect of hammered precious metals valued by Viking traders and warriors. The pieces comprise a protective battle shield, warrior's helmet, and Odin's raven-headed war hammer. Quilting motifs were adapted from ancient carvings representing water, power and life."
Here is each one, a little closer.
I hope your New Year's is super sparkly!
Thanks for reading today,