Friday, December 20, 2013

The Advent of Christmas Day 16: Little Darlings

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.


  1. Amazing and inspiring, I love this perfect work! Hugs from Brazil!

  2. Absolutely beautiful.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  3. Absolutely ❤ it . . . This quilt and it's blocks are just stunning. The stitching is incredible. If I can be half as good I would certainly be happy.The only thing I would want is to be able to see this beauty in person. Blessings, Sondra

  4. Oh my heavens, before I enlarged the photo I thought the Hummel images were from photos ironed onto fabric. When I enlarged the photo the full talent of this woman became obvious. What an amazing quilt, especially knowing it is all done by hand. Absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us.

  5. I saw this quilt in person at the quilt show in Mesa AZ last spring and it is so awesome it was unbelievable. Truly a work of art.

  6. Que divinidad de trabajo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!precioso
    Feliz Navidad

  7. I'm not surprised this post attracted so many comments. That is a masterpiece of stitchery.

  8. What an amazing quilt! I am going to link up your post to my Slow Sunday Stitching post this week.
    I really enjoyed the close up photos and all the information about the artist and their inspiration.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Es bellisimo esa colcha de patchwork crazy

  10. absolutely amazing, a real work of arr, just love it
    Gwen from Tasmania


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