Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hand Embroidered "Chicken Scratch" or "Gingham Lace" Quilt by DS

My photography does not do this quilt justice. DS used perle cotton to hand embroider these blocks in what is called "Chicken Scratch" embroidery or "Gingham Lace." Each block is 12 x 12 inches, so you can imagine the hours it took to complete all twenty blocks!
You can see the patterns more clearly in these blocks...

...and in this single block. Isn't it lovely!

DS asked for maple leaves to be quilted in the sashing, and provided a photo of one she liked. I resized it, and made a template with three images of the leaf. The template was centered in each section of sashing, and the laser light used to stitch the design. That's 147 small leaves on this quilt!
Stitch-in-the-ditch was used around each row and column of sashing. Straight lines were stitched in the borders from the sashing to the fabric edge, and an enlarged maple leaf stitched in each corner. That brings the total number of leaves stitched to 151!
DS will do some handquilting around the "gingham lace"" shapes to complete the quilting.
The batting used is a hi-loft polyester and the thread used is A & E Perma Core in white.


  1. Absolutely Gorgeous!!! Well done Chicken Scratch. Hurray for working on a fairly rare artform!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I take them as encouragement and wish the best for you!

  3. Do you have the cs patterns for this quilt? I love to quilt and I did cs back in the 70's. I am looking for patterns so I can do cs again.

    1. Unfortunately, my copies of this quilt pattern are gone! Have you thought about designing your own quilt blocks? If you do, let us know; we'd love to see them!

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    1. Thank you! I will let DS know her quilt is well-liked.