For Day 16, here's a quilt which celebrates the delight and innocence of children everywhere. The "Little Darlings" theme relates to the Hummel images of children shown in each block. These drawings by Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel (1909-1946) of Germany gave rise to the world renowned Hummel porcelain figurines and Hummel embroidery patterns, which Gerlinde collects.
Little Darlings, 55 x 82", by Gerlinde Hruzek, Sun City, Arizona
We saw Gerlinde's Little Darlings quilt at the 2013 Arizona Quilters Guild Show. Winner of $1000 for Outstanding Traditional Quilt at the 2013 Road to California Show, Gerlinde notes this is her 12th crazy quilt; and this entire work is hand-made.
We're showing this quilt during the Christmas season, because the expressive faces of the Hummel figurines remind us of the enchantment with Christmas displayed by children around the world. Gerlinde's opulent work reflects the richness of blessings celebrated by friends and families during this time of year.
Please enjoy viewing all these close-ups, which show the fabulous lace, embroidery stitches, thread painting, and embellishments which make Gerlinde's quilt so beautiful. This artist has clearly undertaken hours of work to make a treasured heirloom and a precious tribute to the joy and charm of children.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.