Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cynthia in Texas - Broderie Perse Applique

Cynthia in Texas has been busy stitching her Baltimore Garden Quilt blocks with a beautiful twist. She is adding a broderie perse technique, cutting motifs such as flowers and birds from various fabrics. Cynthia is a master at finding just the right fabrics, and using them to their best advantage.

We have seen Cynthia's Block B1 in a previous post, and I've been anxious to share more of her blocks. Now she has finished several more blocks, and here they are (with Cynthia's permission, of course). This one, a floral block with trios of roses in pinks, reds, and burnt orange. Check out these bursting rosebuds, with just a bit of the rose motif in the calyx, and added sets of newly formed rosebuds.

Then, Cynthia completed a wreath with four open blooms - not sure what the flower is called, but it sure is appropriate for this lovely wreath.

Next, a sprouting garden of pinks and iris, and a wreath of old fashioned roses. Several leaves are also carefully cut from her focus fabric.

Here is Cynthia's version of a Woven Basket. Are you noticing all the little tendrils? There are even some tiny morning glory buds to promise more blooms for tomorrow.

And a coordinated vase of full-blown roses, of course, complete with their buds and leaflets.

Perfect for a four-block set!
Cynthia continues on, (there is no stopping her!) to make the same Vase block again, this time, featuring a cutout of a maiden pouring water from a jug. Quite an inspiration for creative use of printed fabrics, don't you think? (And look closely - there are TWO birds in there!)

Note From Cynthia:  The floral fabric is Love Letters by Laundry Basket for Moda. The toile border (and a bit on the baskets) is Garden of Enchantment by Maywood Studio. The background toile is Reflections by Ro Gregg for Paintbrush Studio. 


  1. Beautiful! What a wonderful selection of fabrics beautifully combined.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Absolutely Gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful blocks!

  3. Absolutely some of the most beautiful blocks I have ever seen Cynthia, thank you for sharing with us. Annette Kuder

  4. Hi Barbara, I think I've finally figured out how to comment on your blog! I just couldn't let this one pass by without saying thank you for posting about my broderie perse blocks. It is always an honor to have a thumbs up from you regarding my work. Your Baltimore Garden patterns are so perfect for adapting to this style of appliqué. There are several of us down here in the bay area of Houston having a whole lot of fun thanks to your great book!
    Cynthia Collier (in Texas!)

    1. Thank you Cynthia, for sharing your blocks with us. You inspire us all. I've been collecting fabrics for broderie perse and hope to put them to use as well as you do. Keep stitching!

  5. This is just spectacular! Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Beautiful, it may look easy but it is not. It is a skill of hand, eye, color coordination and bravery. Bravo!


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