So tonight I finished the binding on a quilt that I have been working on for a few months and I am really happy with how it turned out.

For a while I wanted to do a Mother Teresa quilt and once I found the embroidery design that is now the center piece of the quilt, I just knew it was going to be very special.

I started off with a photo stitch embroidery design which I found at embrioderymix.com, it was just awesome watching it stitch out as each color brought the her image to life. Here are some pictures of the stitch out:

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It took a few hours to stitch out but it was so worth the effort.

Next step was to select just  few of her wonderful quote and I used Art and Stitch to digitize them, I decided to stitch them in blue thread on white fabric, this  in turn lead to the decision to only use blue and white for the rest of the quilt as I decided to add a border to match the blue in her sari.

Here is what my design wall looked for a while as I decided how to lay the quilt out

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Eventually I just had to commit to a layout and all of a sudden it turned into this:

 

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To this

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I decided to quilt it very simply and used a design called sweetheart panto from One Song Needle Art in the middle of the quilt

Here it is on my frame as the design was stitched out.

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For the top and bottom borders  I digitized 2 more quotes and stitched them out in gold and used some swirls from the default designs that came with my machine and on the side borders I used a Ribbon and Heart design by DeLoe Jones from Digitechdesigns.com.

And now it hangs in my sewing room and I can enjoy it every time I am in there and also see it was I walk up the stairs.

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I just cannot find the words to describe the emotions that I experienced during the process of making this quilt so I have decided to end this with some of the quotes from the wonderful Mother Terese who is such an inspiration to us all:

“Spread love everywhere you go, let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

“Do small things with great LOVE”

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