I previously discussed my idea for a quilt for Hannah with alternating squares of lavender gingham and white, with violets embroidered on the white squares.
At left is my first white square. I looked online at a lot of botanical prints of violets, pictures of real violets, and examples of violet embroidery, and then I sketched my own design on paper. After I was satisfied with my sketch, I outlined it in dark black marker, and used that to trace the pattern in pencil on my fabric. The embroidery itself, which you may not be able to see in good detail in the picture, is primarily satin stitch with a backstitch outline, and the middle of each flower is made of french knots. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out, and it was fairly quick. I have to do a little here and there rather than getting it done in one chunk of time, but I estimate that this first square took me about 3 hours to do. I’m a little more than halfway done with the second square, but I’ve spent less than an hour on it so far, so maybe I’ll just get faster and faster!
Side note: yes, I do plan to iron out the embroidery hoop crease before doing anything with the square!