Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kimono Needlepoint Quilt Finished...

Kimono Needlepoint Quilt - 38" wide x 32" tallSilk, wool, cotton, synthetic

It took me about four years to hand-stitch the center panel of this canvaswork needlepoint design using a variety of silk, wool, and synthetic fibers.  I love to stitch and enjoyed picking the different threads and stitches to add texture and depth to the design.  It is hand-appliqued with vintage kimono fabrics.  Quilting is free motion or hand.

 Center needlepoint canvas from The Collection UK.  I drafted the kimono based on traditional kimonos. Back: Bordered Diamonds Kaffe Fassett.

I like to quilt black with a dark grey thread.

Neon Rays for the flowers- my favorite thread!

I posted this in my facebook needlepoint group - posting the comments below so I don't lose them:

Elizabeth Hurd Spectacular!!! This should win every needlepoint prize ever given:)
Cheryl Roler Timko Exquisite!
December 30, 2014 at 1:32pm • Like • 2
Caroline Donovan WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!
December 30, 2014 at 1:34pm • Like • 1
Kirstin Thompson Needlepoint Stunning! And I agree with Elizabeth Hurd!Summer Truswell - will this be exhibited locally at some point?
December 30, 2014 at 1:34pm • Like • 1
Robin King Brilliant!
December 30, 2014 at 1:39pm • Like • 1
Kelly Doyle Gorgeous!!
December 30, 2014 at 1:39pm • Like • 1
Kathy Williams Coxwell Gorgeous!
December 30, 2014 at 1:41pm • Like • 1
Shari Bruckstein Agree with Elizabeth Hurd. This is spectacular!
December 30, 2014 at 1:47pm • Like • 1
Jane Waldman Just gorgeous. Do you remember where you got it. I assume in the USA.
December 30, 2014 at 1:49pm • Like • 1
Cindy Caprice Goldblatt You win. Amazing
December 30, 2014 at 1:50pm • Like • 1
Izzi Carmen Stunning!
December 30, 2014 at 1:56pm • Like • 1
Kathryn Farrago what a fabulous piece! I agree with all that this would blow away any competition anywhere!
December 30, 2014 at 1:56pm • Like • 1
Robin Klein Herfield I want it! I want it! I want it!!! PLEASE!!!!!
December 30, 2014 at 2:01pm • Like
Alyson Taylor Unimaginably intricate and lovely!
December 30, 2014 at 2:01pm • Like • 1
Linda Pawlusiow Mosch What an amazing accomplishment. Just gorgeous!
December 30, 2014 at 2:02pm • Like • 1
Marcia Moir love your mix of disciplines...truly magnificent...!!!
December 30, 2014 at 2:03pm • Like • 2
Debra J. Wallerstein Gorgeous!!
December 30, 2014 at 2:04pm • Like • 1
Patty Steger Absolutly beautiful!!!
December 30, 2014 at 2:12pm • Like • 1
Sue Spencer What are the dimensions ?
December 30, 2014 at 2:14pm • Like • 1
Sue Spencer Absolutely beautiful. What an achievement
December 30, 2014 at 2:14pm • Like • 1
Rosalie Pope Simply remarkable And another example of raising our craft to art. Beautiful.
December 30, 2014 at 2:16pm • Like • 1
Joanne Colandrea So beautiful, Summer 
December 30, 2014 at 2:17pm • Like • 1
Lietzie Hawkinson Belford Beautiful, beautiful!
December 30, 2014 at 2:18pm • Like • 1
Melissa Armstrong She's beautiful! I have a canvas similar - Hope to finish one day!
December 30, 2014 at 2:25pm • Like • 1
Kate Dickerson Amazing!
December 30, 2014 at 2:26pm • Like • 1
Mary Walker Exquisite work!
December 30, 2014 at 2:26pm • Like • 1
Susan Reed This is beautiful, Summer!
December 30, 2014 at 2:27pm • Like • 1
Sherry Ellwood Feagans OK, this is beyond any adjective I could ever think of to describe this work of yours. What a tour de force!!!!!! You have accomplished a masterpiece!
December 30, 2014 at 2:28pm • Like • 1
Sheila Coldiron I love this piece of work. It is so beautiful.
December 30, 2014 at 2:28pm • Like • 1
Laurel Wheeler So stunning!
December 30, 2014 at 2:29pm • Like • 1
Norma Blum Breathtaking!!! You have indeed taken this far beyond needlepoint boundaries into a multimedia artwork heirloom. I am in awe!!!!
December 30, 2014 at 2:30pm • Like • 1
Pat Miller Congratulations on a beautiful piece!
December 30, 2014 at 2:30pm • Like • 1
Norma Blum Can you post some more up close photos ?
December 30, 2014 at 2:31pm • Like • 1
Marlyn Dolgonos Blumenthal lovely!
December 30, 2014 at 2:42pm • Like • 1
Anne Haney Remarkable talent
December 30, 2014 at 2:57pm • Like • 1
Patricia Snyder That is beyond gorgeous!
December 30, 2014 at 3:08pm • Like
Mary D Smith Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
December 30, 2014 at 3:12pm • Like • 1
Susan Reedman Fabulous!
December 30, 2014 at 3:26pm • Like • 1
Star Ringhillard Omg this is sooo beautiful wow.I did one in blues. Love them so much. Now gave one with blacks n reds. I LOVE THEM.
December 30, 2014 at 3:28pm • Like • 1
Margaret Payne Gorgeous. I am with Elizabeth Hurd.
December 30, 2014 at 3:29pm • Like • 1
Paula Delaney Very impressive work!
December 30, 2014 at 3:31pm • Like • 1
Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes This is a stunning piece and so inspiring!
December 30, 2014 at 3:35pm • Like • 1
Marianne Milazzo Teubner Wow!!!!
December 30, 2014 at 3:46pm • Like • 1
Jayme Makowski Hey Summer. Absolutely stunning.
December 30, 2014 at 3:55pm • Unlike • 2
Lynn Hayward Awesome!
December 30, 2014 at 4:03pm • Like • 1
Jud Hemker Wow!! I love it.
December 30, 2014 at 4:25pm • Like • 1
Kim Porrazzo Gorgeous
December 30, 2014 at 4:25pm • Like • 1
Theresa Goon Waldo Beautiful!
December 30, 2014 at 4:32pm • Like • 1
Dawn Perry Bagnetto Stunning!
December 30, 2014 at 4:48pm • Like
Natalia Frank Gorgeous work!
December 30, 2014 at 4:53pm • Like
Ann Whitaker-Sauls Gorgeous and impressive. Congratulations!
December 30, 2014 at 4:57pm • Like
Becky O'Keefe Amazing and creative work...congratulations!
December 30, 2014 at 4:58pm • Like
Donna Thode Fralick Gunter This is beyond beautiful. You should be so proud.
December 30, 2014 at 5:21pm • Like • 1
Nancy Lloyd Lusk I love all things Asian. But you've truly created a masterpiece. I only wish I could see it in person.
December 30, 2014 at 6:01pm • Like • 1
Laura Templer Zuk This is out-of-this world beautiful and unique! An imaginatively artistic creation - breathtaking in scope and execution! You are to be congratulated on your achievement!!!
December 30, 2014 at 6:02pm • Like • 3
MaryAnn Misenhimer Yes, what everyone has already said!!
December 30, 2014 at 7:23pm • Like • 1
Christine Hands Absolutely stunning!
December 30, 2014 at 7:40pm • Like
Jane Makowka This belongs in a museum. You are an artistic genius.
December 30, 2014 at 8:43pm • Like • 1
Christine Yost Mirabelli Summer- you should be very happy with yourself! You did an absolutely beautiful artistic piece of fiber work. On the gold section of the needlepoint to the right of the geisha- it looks like you first did needlepoint and then did quilting stitches over it - am I right? If so , did you use a sewing machine or hand stitch? I love how you've corporates quilting techniques onto the needlepoint section
December 30, 2014 at 9:57pm • Like • 1
Summer Truswell Yes, the entire needlepoint is quilted as well. Pretty much the only unquilted area is her face but the head is outlined. All the quilting is on my sewing machine Christine. 
December 30, 2014 at 11:06pm • Like • 3
Jen Funk Weber I love the marriage of techniques here. What a fun project!
December 31, 2014 at 12:20am • Like
Ann Kahn Incredible!
December 31, 2014 at 1:49am • Like
Ann Kahn Incredible!
December 31, 2014 at 1:49am • Like
Melissa Miles This is a masterpiece.
December 31, 2014 at 2:34am • Like • 1
Carlene Harwick Wow, is that beautiful. I could make a place on my wall for it???
December 31, 2014 at 2:58am • Like • 1
Marcy Marley wow ... lovely work
December 31, 2014 at 3:50am • Like
Carolyn Hedge Baird Magnificent!
December 31, 2014 at 4:13am • Like • 1
Barbara Levy This is unbelievably beautiful. You must be so proud. What a masterpiece!
December 31, 2014 at 4:15am • Like
Valerie Vivas Stunning! Congratulations!
December 31, 2014 at 4:19am • Like
Carrie Ray Wow, so beautiful
December 31, 2014 at 4:36am • Like
Dea Chesnutt Great idea for kimono sleeves. Stunning
December 31, 2014 at 4:45am • Like • 1
Judy K. Russell Beautiful and very clever!
December 31, 2014 at 4:55am • Like
Mary Powell Beautiful. .
December 31, 2014 at 6:02am • Like
Mary Ann Saurino This is just extraordinary! You are very talented.
December 31, 2014 at 6:21am • Like
Barbara Norris GORGEOUS!!!
December 31, 2014 at 6:23am • Like
Derek Price Just beautiful
December 31, 2014 at 7:16am • Like
Jane Wood As always, you did great. I love the mix of needlepoint and quilting!
December 31, 2014 at 8:29am • Like • 2
Kirstin Thompson Needlepoint Summer Truswell - if you do exhibit this in one or more places, will you please do a posting at that time to let us locals know? I truly look forward to seeing this in person!
December 31, 2014 at 1:02pm • Unlike • 1
Mary K. LeBrun Campbell This is spectacular and very creative!
December 31, 2014 at 5:05pm • Like • 1
Thais Carr Gorgeous!
December 31, 2014 at 5:21pm • Like • 1
Myra Bradley Ernst Beautiful work of art!
December 31, 2014 at 9:08pm • Like
Cathy Kirk It's wonderful!
December 31, 2014 at 9:28pm • Like
Kate Cook Absolutely beautiful and extremely creative
January 1 at 7:59am • Like
Vick Briggs It is lovely and I can sure imagine why it took 4 years....which isn't long on a few projects I have done/am doing!! The stitches, the threads, the colors....just lovely.
January 1 at 8:44am • Like
Janet Gebow Fabulous!
January 1 at 4:30pm • Like
Lynne Sloan That is just beautiful.
January 1 at 7:07pm

Friday, December 26, 2014

Tula Pink Quilt Finished...

I made this quilt for my sis-in-law for Christmas this year.  It went together relatively quickly and was really a lot of fun to quilt.  I did horizontal feathers on the background and floraly feathers that radiated out from the center.  The pattern is called Moxie and was designed by Tula Pink.  If I'm being honest I feel the pattern grossly overstates that amount of fabric needed so make sure to print out your templates and look at the quantity needed before you go shopping.  I used a variety of fabrics including Cotton & Steel, Phillip Jacobs, Tula Pink, and Kaffe Fassett.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Amanda Lawford Needlepoint Pillow Finished...

Floral hand-painted canvas from Amanda Lawford.  Stitched and finished by Summer Truswell. November 2013-March 2014. 

I Love this graphic woven fabric.  

Silk, rayon, wool, & cotton fibers on cotton canvas.  Glass beads. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fire & Ice Broken Star Double-Sided Quilt...

"Fire & Ice"

This broken star pattern is by Cheryl Malkowski.  It is from her "Blocks to Diamonds" book.  I used batiks for the star pieces on the front and the black is from Faye Burgos.  

I did the quilting on this quilt.  It measures 71" square.

I have a lot of scraps in these colors, so I put them together to make the back!  The zig-zaggy parts were leftover from the edge on the Zig Zag Quilt.  Took me two years to use them!

Bali Wedding Star Quilt Completed...

"Bali Wedding Star" 

pattern is by Judy Niemeyer.  I picked the colors myself - I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  The double wedding ring (not this pattern) was the very first quilt I ever attempted and I never finished that first quilt.  I actually ended up throwing it away!  So I'm happy to have crossed a Wedding Ring quilt off my bucket list.  

In continuing my theme of photographing my quilts at my favorite places, here is the quilt at the Everett Arboretum.  It's a lovely garden in North Everett close to Jetty Island.  

The rings are batik fabric and the black is my favorite black from Faye Burgos that I also used in Lollypop Trees.  I did do the quilting myself.  

Also sharing, because I think people might get a kick out of it, that this is how I photograph my quilts.  I have no walls big enough to do it inside.  It measures 83" x 85".

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ribbon Quilt

Lindsey and I holding up the quilt that I made using all of Lindsey’s swimming ribbons.  Lindsey formerly swam for Lake Stevens Swim Club (PNS) and is now an Age Group Coach for Gold’s Aquatics Club (PNS).  I ama parent to three children on Gold’s and also a USA Swimming Official Starter.  I love my kids' coaches!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Don't Touch the Coral; it's Sharp" quilt completed...

"Don't Touch the Coral; it's Sharp!"

I made this quilt in January 2014.  It is 100 cm x 40 cm.  The background fabric is folded and stitched; a technique I really like to give dimension and movement.  The coral is all hand-beaded (and took about 30 hours) and the applique on the fish and sea urchins is hand-worked.  

Batik cotton fabric, cotton batting, glass beads.  Original design by Summer Truswell.