This is my entry into Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival for the 'Professionally Quilted' quilt catagory. This quilt was started back in 2009 when I first began quilting. It was a QAL with an AOL group now defunct so I cannot give credit to the pattern/source.
It was a learning quilt:
1. I don't like to make big quilts, much prefer my minis today.
2. This was the first quilt I actually bought fabric specifically for a project - need to educate myself on different fabrics, designers, companies, etc. And I did study that and still do to keep up with things.
3. I don't do applique well. Re-pieced the entire center before sending this off for quilting. The sunflowers were changed to paper piecing (self drafted) and stem/leaves changed out for better applique.
4. Pressing for better lay and matching. I took a class on pressing - specific blocks, layouts, fabric types, etc.. It has made a huge difference in my quilting today.
5. Sometimes you have to let the professional do the quilting. I don't do large quilts on my home machine. And the requested light backing by my quilter - really lets the 'frosting' shine.
Fabrics - top - mottled blender by Blank Industries (sunflowers scraps)
backing - Home Front by Connecting Threads
100% Cotton batting - Quilters Dream
Glide Thread in cream
Size - 62" x 72"
Quilted by: Valerie Smith @ Pumpkin Patch Quilter (APQS hand guided long arm machine quilter)
Started March 2009 - Complete August 2013