61" x 76"
Hand-dyed Cotton fabric, 80/20 batting
1st Place - 2010 Edmond Quilt Guild Show
1st Place - 2010 State Fair of Oklahoma
This is officially the largest quilt I've made. I've wanted something
large enough to fit my bed. This one pretty much covers the top surface
of the queen-size bed without hanging down over the sides, and it proved
to be about as large
as I can handle. I'm not sure how people make king-size quilts - There's
no place to spread it out to work on it! It was difficult even getting
it spread out enough to run the lint brush on it without it getting onto
the floor and picking up more lint!
These quilt blocks are done with raw-edge
fusible appliqué using fabrics that I hand-dyed. My favorite part was
selecting the various shades of fabric to make up these flowers.
Appliqué stitching and details were added to each flower with 30-weight
Sulky Blendables - absolutely, my favorite decorative thread!
The appliqué patterns are from Piece 'o Cake
Designs. I completed each block, then sandwiched and quilted it.
Inspiration for the quilting designs on the sashing and cornerstones
came from the appliqué flowers. I started with those flowers and added flowing
vines and leaves, then digitized the designs and stitched them on the embroidery
machine. This allowed me to get the smooth flowing intricate lines of
the flower designs. The cornerstones and sashing pieces were embroidered
in the hoop as complete quilt sandwiches so the quilting goes all the
way through to the back.
After all the blocks and sashing pieces were
completed and quilted, construction was done using The Cotton Theory
quilting method with my own variations to achieve the effect I wanted
with the sashing blocks and cornerstones.
The back of the quilt is solid black so all
you see is the outline quilting of all the blocks and sashing. Around
the binding is a decorative stitch in variegated thread to bring the
colors out to the edges.
Work proceeded slowly on this quilt. I would
work on it until I ran into difficulty, then get frustrated and put it
away for a while. I completed the blocks in 2008, worked on the sashing
blocks in 2009 until I ran into issues with digitizing the quilting
then finally got it assembled and finished in 2010. I finished it just
days before it was due to be delivered to the Edmond Guild quilt show.
When this quilt was on display at the State
Fair, a friend told me she overheard two ladies looking at it and
wondering how I'd found Ultrasuede in so many colors. She told them she
was pretty sure it was cotton - they informed her that she was mistaken
- it was indeed Ultrasuede. I took that as a great compliment to my
hand-dyed cotton fabrics!
I'll probably work small for a while until I
get up the nerve to try another larger piece or get a longarm machine!