This is Audrey's "A Quilter's Garden of Friends" quilt and she made it with blocks our guild members gifted her after she finished her term as president. I asked Audrey if she wanted to say anything about this quilt and here is her response.
"The quilt comes from a picture I took of a quilt many, many years ago but I don't rememberwhere or when. Let's just say the picture has been mellowing in my inspiration file for quite a while. I was drawn to the on point design as it reminded me of flowers on lattice work. Since the nine patch
blocks were gifted to me by my guild friends the quilt had a name long before a seam was sewn. It is called "A Quilter's Garden of Friends". The biggest challenge was to decide what size I wanted the nine patch blocks to be. I am glad I decided on 6 1/2" as my guild friends were so generous that the quilt grew to a size much larger than I anticipated."
This is a very large quilt, 94" x 110" and once I decided on the quilting plan ,which took a bit of sewing and picking as I wanted it to be just right, the quilting was a lot of fun. I started with the setting triangles and asked my friend Desley for some advice on how to design and stitch the curved cross hatching as I had never done this before. I love how it turned out!! I'll share Desley's tip...use a double curved line between the cross hatching and the feathers, it really makes the design shine!
I used 3 different sizes of the The Quilted Pineapples curved templates, just love those rulers! Linda as come out with a new set of straight rulers which I ordered today, check them out here.
I used Quilters Dream Blend Batting. For thread I used soft green So Fine thread in the blocks ( with a light beige Bottom Line in the bobbin) and a light grey in the setting triangles ( with a light grey Bottom Line in the bobbin).
All the CC's and feathers are free hand and the longer curved lines are ruler work.
The backing is a wide Grunge Creme fabric by Moda and I love how the quilting as a whole cloth feel on the back!
I was very happy to have finished this quilt yesterday as I'm getting ready to head to Swan River tomorrow. I'm teaching Longarm quilting at Fabriculous on Friday and Saturday. Should be a lot of fun!