This is the second quilt I have made her, and it has been well-loved over the years. Our dogs and cats have slept on it, (she has slept with an animal since she was 3, maybe less!) and now her two cats sleep on it every night. One corner got a little extra loving by one of her cats and is a tad chewed. . .
but thankfully, that has stopped.
I finished this quilt in March 2005, but spent the majority of 2004 working on it. It's from WedgeWorks II, by Cheryl Phillips. Our guild bought the book, a friend of mine came over one day, and we each made a block. It is a way to make a 3-D Mariner's Compass block using folded wedges of fabric. I still have that original block, ahem, yep another UFO, or orphan block!
Dayna has always loved purple. I knew I wanted to use the pansy fabric as a focal fabric. On a guild bus trip shop hop, I got some of the purple as well as the black. The backing is a gorgeous brushed cotton.
|SO much texture, love, love, love it|
I wanted some bling on the stars, so used Sulky metallics and holoshimmer threads. I used Sulky rayon for the purple and the black areas. My Bernina Artista 180, relatively new to me then, (bought on Grey Cup day, 2003) handled them all wonderfully. It's quite heavily quilted. I edge-stitch quilted the floral star, and then did a wavy line down the points of all 16 so the edges of the two purple star points "float" and can be lifted a bit.
|A flower design of my own!! Way back then!|
I have loved feathers pretty much all my quilting life...
|Trapunto would have helped the motif to "pop" more|
Although I have not named all my quilts, I have labelled every one. This one shows how long I have been piecing in the label as a part of the backing!!
|Ahh, quilty lushness.|
I've loved looking after this quilt for a week, but it will go back home to Dayna tomorrow.