Saturday, August 13, 2011

Russian Inspiration

Here it is! I am proud to show you my quilt: Russiese Inspirasie (Russian Inspiration.)

When we returned from our trip to Russia last year, I knew I had to make a quilt. Not only as a reminder of our wonderful trip and all the inspiring things we saw, I wanted to recreate some of the treasures in the museums.

I use a tile on the wall in Yaroslav for this block. (A thousand year old town)

All the blocks in the quilt was made in the embroidery hoop. I selected a pieced block and modify or draw it in my Electrical Quilt program. I then insert the drawing into the Embroidery program. I use the outline drawing to digitise the piecing sequence. I use some of my photographs or parts of it to digitize embroidery designs or applique designs.

I then insert the embroidered designs in the pieced designs. In this way I could accurately place the embroidery or applique on the correct patch.
The design from a plate-embroidered in the corners
Once this was done I digitized an outline to attach the backing fabric. I then digitized the quilting design.
This inlay work on the floor was used to design the centre block of the quilt.

Another floor design was the inspiration for this block.

The embroidery on the big triangle in this Flying Swallows block was also designed using a floor pattern.

The centre of the quilt block was from a door knob.

I have used 35 different Bernatex fabrics in this quilt- 5 of them on the back- the other 30 on the front.

The blocks was then pieced together and a binding strip on the back was used to cover the seam allowances.

I was very disappointed  that Russian Inspiration was not exhibited at the National Festival. There wasn't enough space and only the ten price winner quilts was exhibited. I like to share my quilts with the viewers- that is mainly why I enter competitions.

Thank you that I could share it with you!


  1. You've created a masterpiece. Congratulations

  2. Your quilt is beautiful! I know it will be meaningful to you as a memoir of your trip. Thanks for sharing it with your readers.

  3. Beautiful. It is great to see your inspiration an how you incorporated it into your design.

  4. All I can say is "Wow"! Such color and your piecing and embroidery is superb!


  5. Incredible!! Thank you for sharing and the inspiration.

  6. Marie, I get lost In your blog posts. This quilt is magnificent. I love how you captured the architectural details In Fabric and thread!

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

  8. Hello dear.You have written a great post. Going to share with my followers on twitter. Thanks for sharing.


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