First I made some modifications in the pattern and then traced it on muslin for the foundation...and am not cutting it out.....leaving plenty or room around the pattern. I am doing the pattern in a size larger than I need because I know things "shrink" with lots of stitching. It is much easier to cut something back then add extra later.... I almost goofed and drew 2 right sides... Only the body of the jacket will be CQ...the sleeves will be vintage lace doilies.
Right now I'm thinking I will hand applique the patches to make the best use of my silks. I'm miserable that the flip and stitch method. (that is why I always paper piece) Maybe I don't like piecing because I am bad at doing it.
Here is another example of a quilt from the same era that is also all embroidery but more subdued colors that are in my comfort zone.. but rainbow it will be.... My Carole Samples stitch book will be my bible throughout this endeavor.. I'm sure you could find every single one of the stitches on these quilts in her marvelous, inspiring research.
Allie called these colors "musty" which is so appropriate....