The Deity in the Details

What draws you in to spend more time with a quilt after the first glance? The details, of course.  I was reminded of this during a friend’s recent trunk show of her quilts, clothing and bags for our guild.  Her quilts are beautiful and skillfully sewn, but it’s her accessories that showcase her genius for detail.  She creates embellishments with fabric, thread, and beads that leave me gaping and, to be honest, feeling quite inadequate.

She has whipped up purses that could star on runways, vests that should hang on gallery walls, and even slippers.

But what I really wanted to share are the telling details – painstakingly applied little beads, silk ribbon embroidery, ruched flowers.

I could try to fool myself into thinking that one day I’ll master these skills, but after watching this talented embellisher sew a tiny bead on top of a tiny metal flower, I know it’s not going to happen.  So, I’ll take delight in her work.

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