Fighting With An Embroidery Hoop Quilt

August 14, 2018
Greetings friends it has been a real battle of the wills here in Rockwall Texas. My Heirloom Embroidery Hoop Quilt and I have gone around and around. There were even some days that ended with me in a pouty huff. Everyone in my house knew they needed to give me a wide berth. Sadie kept her head low and the whites of her eyes showed more white than her brown pupil. My hubby quietly shut his office doors and drew the blinds. Jemma, the linen and embroidery hoops where at war.

Fighting with fabric is not fun. It is nearly painful enough to give in and go belly up. I have pulled out all of my sewing supplies more times than I can count with the intentions of that being the day that this Embroidery Hoop Quilt would be complete. Finished, hung, and perfect....dream on lady.

So, with this being a tale and a tutorial I am going to break it up in two segments. Let's start at the beginning, with the sketch of what it was I had going on in my mind.

You see when I embarked on this project I had an awareness that Vintage linen is a different character. A while back I shared with you all on how to care for keepsake linen. But what I didn't know about vintage linen is that it looses it's ability to hold it's shape.

First off I love vintage fabrics as much as I love embroidery hoops, jars, old books, warm chocolate chip cookies and sunshine.

So, when I set my mind to using total vintage then total vintage it had to be! I had to relinquish "perfect," and focus on heirloom and memories. There really was no going back and now I am glad that there wasn't.

So, let us begin at the beginning with a design and a supply list for the first part of this tutorial.

As I think about the design of this quilt or any handmade project for that matter, there are always endless possibilities and a variety of methods to express yourself. So, please do not limit your own creativity by this design. I am here to encourage and inspire you. For example there are so many materials that can be used to attach the hoops to one another twine, chains, wire, embroidery floss, yarn...

My Heirloom quilt is a true labor of love, and yours will be too! Every inch of this fabric is from my family and has rich History and a story to tell. I am happy to share my project with you and if you choose to proceed I will be back next week with a tutorial on how to assemble it all together.

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway for the Kendra Scott earrings. Our winner is Sally Gearhart, I will be reaching out to you for a mailing address.

One final thought. ( I bet you are thinking please Jemma just quit typing!) Now you know why my hubby shuts his office door....

Thank you SO much for sharing your stories on how you are personally Making It a better world, a more creative space for you and yours and for encouraging one another!

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May All Your Dreams Come True,


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  1. This project is so creative and so beautiful! I'm glad you've hung in there with the olden fabric to make your vision come to life.

  2. I admire your patience.
    Embroidery is very pretty.

    All the best Jan

  3. Jemma, I think this is the prettiest embroidery so far. It is so lovely, and looks like something that our
    grandmothers would make. My favorite color is Purple, so this spoke to my heart right away. It looks exquisite, and it's hard not to notice all the details of the flowers. The daisies made me smile, as they remind me of my mom. I'm sorry this has been somewhat of a frustrating project for you, but look at the results, look what you have created! Beautiful. And what a cute picture of you in your t-shirt. : )

    love, ~Sheri

  4. I have quite a bit of vintage fabric that has been handed down to me, I am tempted to try some embroidery myself with it and create something so lovely. You might be struggling, but the results will be fantastic!

  5. JEMMA!!!!!! First of all, the notification for this new post still hasn't come in, and I'm coming by way of your visit to my blog! First of all, thank you for accepting the invitation to come for a little reunion, something I've been thinking about as I crave the friendships that once were, learning that nothing stays the same. Memories are those things that are "embroidered" in our experiences, and all we can do is pull them out once in a while and smile with a grateful heart that they even occurred.

    OH DO I UNDERSTAND your war with the embroidery hoops! I understand not by experience, but by watching my patient mother deal with the hours of taking things apart and starting over again. I guess I'm not as patient with art as my mother or you.....but the ever-changing texture of the linen is quite an extraordinary thing, isn't it? Your tenacity however, will create a collage of stitchery that will have its own story. Oh Jemma, how I adore you!

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  7. This is really pretty. I love the idea and I loved the quilt you showed when you were on Making It. I'll be curious to see part two!


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