My daughter is a jewelry artist. About five years ago, trying to find a way to make a little money during grad school, she made these pretty little brooches. She made the hand-crafted sterling silver centers, and I contributed the free-standing lace machine-embroidered petals. These were really cute, I thought, and very versatile, as the centers could be removed and used with a variety of flowers.
So, of course, I made a quilt with a silver-centered flower! This little quilt was donated to the silent auction at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2010.
The upper flower is machine embroidery directly on fabric. The middle flower is a photo transfer from a photograph I took in our back yard. And the lower flower is a double layer of free-standing lace petals with one of the silver flower centers. This flower can be removed from the quilt and worn! The light green border fabric is silk dupionni, free-motion quilted. And all the machine embroidery designs in this post are Zundt, of course.
Then Annie tricked me! She said she had a commission for three black-eyed Susan pins, and could I please embroider the flowers. Some time later, I received a package in the mail. Three lovely pins for me! So of course I photographed them in their natural setting. Look closely to find the silver-centered blossoms!
I’ve worn these a lot. I’m not a “bling-y” kind of person, but these are casual and fun, a mix of silver and thread, and a wonderful reminder of my wonderful daughter!