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Opulence

Opulence
44” x 54” 2005


I wanted to make a quilt that really emphasized digitized machine embroidery. The base for this quilt is foundation-pieced silk duppioni, with an appliquéd center. Then the embroidery began! The designs are all from Martha Pullen/Zundt embroidery disks. Ninety-nine floral motifs were stitched on the pieced background, then the piece was heavily quilted. Silver metallic thread outlines the trapunto designs. Machine-made lace, embroidered on water-soluble stabilizer, outlines the center medallion and outer edges. The center medallion was cut out and bound, and the inner edge of the remaining quilt “donut” was trimmed and bound, before the central ring of lace was added. In other words, the lace in the center is see-through, and is the only connection between the central oval and the outer quilt. The machine embroidery took approximately 120 hours and 20,000 yards of thread. The quilt won 2nd place in the Computer-Aided Machine Embroidery category at Houston International Quilt Festival 2005, and was juried into the Paducah American Quilter’s Society Judged Show in 2006. Machine embroidered, pieced, and quilted.

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