The Amazing Applique of Deborah Kemball!

Today I discovered the applique designs of Deborah Kemball, and fell in love.  Seeing her work affected me the same way that a Van Gogh painting affected me the first time I saw it.  There was color and  texture and something undefinable that spoke to me at a gut level.  I just couldn’t stop looking at it.  It opened up new possibilities and made me want to create my own work.

In the past few months I’ve taken up quilting again after years and years, and I’m really enjoying it.  At my last quilt meeting I was strongly attracted to the applique work of another quilter in our group.  The applique technique spoke to me as I watched her work on a needle-turn piece, and then today when I came across Deborah Kemball’s art I knew I was completely hooked!   The design possibilities of combining cross stitch, embroidery, beading, quilting, and now applique are very exciting.

The header picture is a wee snippet of Kemball’s work!  (A previous header featured her gorgeous quilt with a red background and her amazing floral applique) It is absolutely beautiful!   Go to her website to see for yourself:



About embroiderbee

ABOUT ME: Catholic, Wife, Mom, Artist, Researcher, Baker, Cat- Herder, New Englander. I love designing needlework, especially samplers with specialty stitches, applique & quilting, painting, photographing, reading, writing, baking, fabric and floss collecting. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE COLORS: bluish-purples and greens. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE ANIMALS: Cats ~ you don't have to walk them, and they purr. I've also loved my share of dogs. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE MUSIC: Instrumental ~ flute, piano, Smetana's Moldau ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE MOVIES: Pride & Prejudice with Ehle and Firth. No other versions need apply. Waking Ned Devine, Happy endings only. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE BOOKS: A Tale of Two Cities, Pride and Prejudice, mysteries, romance, classics, non-fiction. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE CLOTHES: Worn blue jeans, turtlenecks, T-shirts, and hoodies. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Book Notes, some History Channel, Fox News, The Science Channel, some The Real Housewives of ... , Doc Martin, some Masterpiece Theater, some TED talks. ~*~*~*~* FAVORITE THINGS 2 DO: Read a good book during a rain or snow storm. Stitch or paint in beautiful light. Talk in bed with my husband late at night and then go for an early breakfast... ie, have his total undivided attention, and luxuriate in it. Talk with our son without cell phones, ipods, etc at a family meal. Go to lunch with a friend and laugh till our sides hurt. Browse in a good library or bookstore. Go to the theater when both the play and the seats are good. Stay home and do absolutely nothing. Read on my Kindle! *~*~*~* ETHNICITY: Mixed-American Mutt of Irish (97%), Welsh, and many other slivers of ethnicity.

Posted on December 15, 2013, in Applique, Floral Fantasy, flowers, gorgeous flowers, Interesting Books, Quilt pattern, Some thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Oh good grief – you have made my day! Thank you for your lovely comments!! Deborah

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