Here's a quilt I made several years ago (but is safely stored away in a linen bag somewhere unfortunately). I just found the photo of it buried in my Google photos. The center panel (the center square of embroidered peacocks) was purchased in Panajachel, Guatemala. I had gone to Guatemala about 8 or 9 times and has passed by this woman's booth several times year after year. Most vendors of hand embroidery were selling more traditional colors for the region like red, blue, black, green. All primary colors. She was the only one using more subdued tones. I bartered with her several times over the years for one of her embroidered panels but they were too expensive for me. I KNOW how much time these women put into their work so my negotiating was NEVER an attempt to exploit them. However, even in dollars, it was too much for me. Every time I'd come home, I'd kick myself for not saving money over the course of the trip to buy one. Side note: Panajachel is the little town surrounding lake Atitlan, which is a lake in the middle of 3 volcanoes. It's a place we'd go after we had done our work part of the trip. It was the last three days of the trips and it was kinda the "vacation" time. On my last trip there, i saved my money hoping she'd still be at her little stall in the "market" so that I could finally buy something from her. She was there!! So I picked the one I liked. I negotiated, just as part of the process, but I paid her a fair amount for it. I used another quilt pattern that called for a center panel. I had to make the panel a little larger so the black borders are added to make the rest of the pattern work. I traced some of the flowers in the center as patterns and I layered them to make the different colors in the flowers so they'd be similar to the flowers in the panel. I did a button hole stitch around all the layers of the flowers in the black borders. I also added the vine and leaves in the same way all around in the white borders. I quilted the top with "feathers" The story of the quilt makes it one of my favorite quilts.
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