For the last two years I have had a quilt on my to-do list, “Jane Austen’s Bonnet”, by Brenda Ryan.
I fell in love with this quilt when I saw one that a friend of mine had completed, and I decided that I would love to do one.
This quilt is a wall-hanging, and features 20 diamond patches that are embroidered with various stitcheries on a Regency theme. The embroideries are nicely framed within the patchwork structure of the quilt and the result is very pretty.
My colour scheme will be purple and green, and I will post my progress as I go. My plan is to post two stitcheries at a time, over 10 posts, with a final post on the finished quilt.
I decided to begin with the four “quote” stitcheries, just to get my fingers in the mood! Here are the first two.
The left quote is from the first line of “Pride and Prejudice”, by Jane Austen. The right one is taken from one of Jane’s letters to her sister. All of the writing has been stitched with 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread in a backstitch.
I have also stitched a quick running stitch around the outside of the diamond to mark the stitching line, which I hope will be useful when I put the quilt together.
Stay tuned for Part Two of this series.
Sources and Relevant Links
Jane Austen’s Bonnet – by Brenda Ryan Embroidery Designs