Vegetable Patch embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa

I am starting a new fabric collage quilt using vegetables.  I have a few ideas in mind but not sure how the quilt will look when it is finished.  It is all about the process.  Sometimes it is hard to imagine what the finished quilt will look like so I just start making parts/blocks.  I usually have a finished size and shape in mind.  So I am starting with the inspiration piece which is a dyed batik rectangle (about 4″ x 6″) of a vegetable patch.  I have always wanted to make a fruit/ vegetable wall hanging.  Mary and I found the 3 different inspiration pieces at the Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY  in October while visiting with our brother and his wife.  We each picked one of the small batik pieces and then gave one to an art quilter friend.  So our quilt challenge is to use the small batik piece as inspiration to make a quilted wall hanging. I like to use different techniques in my fabric collage quilts.   So I looked at the Vegetable Patch embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa and picked 4 vegetable designs to embroider: beet, garlic, mushroom, and carrots. I chose carrots and a beet since these 2 vegetables are in the inspiration piece.  Last summer Mary and I dyed some linen napkins from a thrift store.  So I used 4 different dyed linen napkins for the backgrounds of the vegetable embroidery designs. These small vegetables were super quick to embroider.  I may need to embroider more vegetables depending on the finished size and design for the the wall hanging.   Now I have a start on the project – just have to wait for more ideas to inspire me.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

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