Monday, October 28, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Professionally Quilted

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

Sewingly Yours,


  1. Wow - your quilter did a beautiful job!

  2. Oh my! This is just gorgeous! I don't think I have seen this one before. It certainly gets my vote. Thanks for posting this one.

  3. And it was well worth the wait! It's wonderful Sharon! AND yes "the frosting" looks perfect too! :)

  4. Fantastic frosting! A perfect addition to the quilt festival. You must be so pleased to see this finished and so beautiful!

  5. oh my Sharon it looks awesome my friend,well done and that quilting just sets it off perfectly.xx

  6. OMGosh's absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Very pretty and the quilting is exquisite!

  8. The quilt is really pretty and the quilter did an amazing job, I love seeing all of those details.

  9. What a fantastic quilt ... I like all the different blocks and the beautiful quilting that your longarmer did for you.

  10. Beautiful quilt and Valerie did a lovely job with the quilting!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  11. The quilt and the quilting are beautiful. Nice reading about the way you have honed your skills.

  12. I saw this in process over on Valerie's blog and it did turn out wonderful. Congrats on a finish.

  13. What a beautiful quilt! Your work, and your quilter's work, are both so lovely!