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