Sue’s Birthday Gift

Sue has been working on a birthday gift for her brother for a very long time.  If you have ever done embroidery, you know how long it takes.  Personally, I have recently re-discovered (my mother embroidered, and I also did a bit of it as a child when I was in Girl Scouts) embroidery, and I LOVE it! Embroidery is something to keep my hands busy when I am travelling or in the evening when I feel like I need to be doing something.

Here is a full shot of the quilt.  The  pattern for this is called Vintage Tin by Crabapple Hill Studio.  You can buy that pattern here.


There are so many little things you can add to embroidery with quilting.  For me, I’m delighted when a customer brings me an embroidered quilt and wants me to add special details to it.  So, this is what I did.  First off, I added gears to each corner.  The flying geese were simply outlined with another triangle in between.


For the top row of oil cans, etc. I made it look like a wooden wall and wooden shelf in a garage or work area.  I added more oil cans and put more interlocking gears in the block under it to the right.

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In the 3rd row down, I basically outlined everything, but added grass and gravel to the driveway.


And, in the bottom row, I basically outlined once again, adding some texture to the already awesome picture.


Sue told me her brother loved it.  I can’t see how he wouldn’t.  She did a fantastic job and spent a lot of time on this.


Author: cowtownquilts

Professional longarm quilter and thread artist in the Kansas City area.

2 thoughts on “Sue’s Birthday Gift”

  1. Love it! I’m making this quilt, and it does take forever. Love how you quilted it. You have a great knack for finding those hidden details and highlighting them with your quilting!

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