Good Morning, Quilters!
If you can’t find any morels–there’s always the Mushroom Motif to quilt! For now, that’s how I am consoling myself.
In Minnesota, if the lilacs are blooming, it’s time for morels! Time to go foraging in the woods and mushroom hunting. Though its been a banner year for morels here, I haven’t had the time to do much hunting. No morels for me!
However, my daughter came across a few morels while strolling her neighborhood walking path!
The Mushroom Motif, Step-by-Step
Begin on the bottom line of the border. Stitch along the border, then add a pear shape, ending near the bottom border.
Closely echo stitch the left side of the stem, stopping 3/4 of the way up the side.
Add a peanut shape, over the stem and end on the right side of the stem.
Stitching from right to left, add a mushroom cap. Any shape will work. End on the left side of the stem.
Add radiating lines within the “peanut shape” to add texture to the mushroom cap.
Finish filling in the “peanut”, then closely echo-stitch the right side of the stem to complete the Mushroom Motif
Mushroom Motif Formula
The fun thing about mushrooms and stitching mushrooms is the variety! There are 10,000 varieties known in North America and probably many that haven’t been identified!
So you can’t go wrong when stitiching mushrooms. Start with the basic formula–stem, peanut shape, cap and create YOUR own variety!
I have two books on mushrooms I recommend. The National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mushrooms is considered the ultimate field guide. It is loaded with color photos of more than 700 mushroom varieties. Lots of quilting inspiration!
For more practical advice on mushroom hunting, I recommend Mushrooming Without Fear, A Beginner’s Guide. Great tips on what to look for–and more importantly–what to avoid. It also includes a lot of great color photos!
YOUR Mushroom Hunt
Are YOU a mushroom hunter?
Did YOU find any morels or other edible mushrooms this year?
Do YOU prefer your mushrooms sauted or stitched?
Do YOU have mushroom book to recommend?
We’d LOVE to hear!
Missing Morels in Minnesota,
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