Stitching Lavender

Not many more days now until my teaching schedule starts and I am looking forward to seeing everyone again.  One of my projects over the holidays was to put together an embroidered and patchwork quilt for Margaret. She had embroidered her 93 year old sister a beautiful lavender blanket from Heather McCallum’s wonderful patterns and wanted to do one for herself but will smaller wool panels, so I came up with the idea for a quilt using some of Heather’s designs and some of my own.  Now the results are wonderful but I cannot show you until Margaret has see it - Next Tuesday!

It did get me buzzing about lavender and I have been researching all the different types and have come up with the starter block for my own quilt.  I am going to be teaching this a Merimbula at the end of February and I am pleased to say that it is all written up but not yet proofed!  I have drawn up the other blocks but will see how far I get in the next few weeks!  Here is a peek at the Lavender and it has already got me thinking about free standing versions! I also need to work up some bees and butterflies to add.


7 Comments so far

  1. Jane on February 3rd, 2010

    I don’t normally comment on embroidery blogs though I do read, but I just had to stop here and say, These are beautiful, absolutely beautiful and So lifelike. How did you do the stitch in the middle one, what stitch is that? I do embroidery but there are some types I haven’t worked with yet, i.e. ribbon and stumpwork, the more I see it however one day I shall have to begin. I love nature and while I love all types of embroidery, texture is what I love the most. And these flowers look real, as if you simply laid some lavender on linen. Amazing, good work.


  2. Cottage Garden Threads on February 4th, 2010

    GORGEOUS! We are constantly blown away by your stunning work.

  3. Lindy on February 5th, 2010

    This takes my breath away!

  4. Lee Albrecht on February 10th, 2010


  5. Wendy Ross on February 10th, 2010

    love the lavenders Jan,
    look forward to catching up and seeing more of the quilt at Koala

  6. Lesley on February 13th, 2010

    Wow your lavender’s are just beautiful!

  7. Hilary on October 3rd, 2010

    I wish I’d known about your work when I still lived in Melbourne! Where can I get your lavender pattern? (I’m now in the UK!)