Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a little obsessed with heart motifs. Hopefully, I’m not breaking any hearts over this obsession. After all, who doesn’t love hearts. The very shape evokes love. I didn’t realize how many heart designs I had until someone asked me about heart designs. Then I took a look and oh my! Decided I needed to add a Hearts category.
A few years back, a friend and colleague asked if I’d help her with a very special quilt project. Her husband had passed away suddenly and now she was expected her first grandchild. She was inspired to make a baby quilt using her husband’s shirts, but she needed a little logistical support in order to get started. I was happy help.
Later, it got me thinking about just how old this concept is of fabric crafting as a means of remembrance. It’s as integral to the art as the of the fabric. Another, broader term for remembrance is heralding, which has a broader meaning for which fabric arts are only a small part but highly integral part. In other terms, heralding simply means, take heed and remember.
I decided to create some such designs into machine embroidery. My first project was for a family wedding when Aunt Millie married her high school sweetheart. This one I titled, Two Hearts, One Love, and incorporated the couple’s names and the wedding date.
With the exception of the Loving Tree all of these collections are custom designs and are dependent on it. The Loving Tree can stand alone without being customized.
This one made for a colleague who was expecting twins.
My husband is an avid biker. I enjoy it in cooler weather but not a regular biker. We have always talked about getting a tandem bike. We learned in our biking together on separate bikes that we can’t hear each other talking, I can’t keep up with him, and he doesn’t get any exercise when biking with me.
So a couple years ago he bought us a tandem bike for our anniversary. We took it on its maiden voyage that weekend – when this photo was taken.
How do you like my handlebars? One of my complaints about todays bikes is they keep you leaning forward weight bearing on your wrists Our wrists were not made for weight bearing and is quite uncomfortable, at least to me. Hence my great big tall handlebars. Should I tell you about my seat? smiles
When I ran across this artwork I knew I had to make it. But even with all the flowers, Albert asked where are the kittens. Smiles.
This collection includes 3 messages:
We Ride Together
We Belong Together
Love Is In The Air
The large 8×11 design contains all 3 messages arched and centered over the bike. Each one is a different thread color stop. Sew the message you want and simply skip the other two.
The messages are also included by themselves to add to the bike for smaller hoops.
Background fabric for your project
Pellon ShirTailor Fusible Stabilizer
Medium Weight soft tear away stabilizer
Optional: 1 layer fusible 80/20 quilt batting
Wonderfil #80 pre-wound bobbins or #100 weight bobbin threads
Size 12 Top Stitch Needle
Embroidery Threads – I use Madeira Polyneon threads
Silver gray (not metallic)
Lighter silver gray (not metallic)
Flowers, Baskets and Hearts
Red or rose
Brown for flower centers
Colors of Choice – I matched the flower colors.
Follow Me…just not too close, as I stop for fabric…often.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
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