Thanks so much for the awesome compliments about my Craftsy class! The response has been overwhelming and I am just so happy that it is being received so well!
But now we are back to business as normal and today’s quilt is a fun one.
When I first set out to pick out the quilting designs, I started by thinking about what I could do in each individual block. But as I stood back, I was struck by the watercolor effect of the fabrics, and decided to go a totally different route.
I decided to quilt big ol flower that started in the center and radiated outwards.
This is the first time I have ever started a quilt in the center. Thankfully it was a small quilt, only 44″ square. But it was still out of my comfort zone.
Since I quilt on a longarm, I quilted the top border first. Then I advanced the quilt until I was in the very center. To prevent tucks on the back, I used straight pins to baste it as I went.
Then I quilted a large swirl in the very center and started adding the “petals”. Of course, as I went around there was a lot of advancing back and forth. Here is an “in progress” shot:
Here is a pic of the back of the quilt, which really lets you see it even better:
The design is similar to the flower design that I use a lot, the only difference (besides the size) is that I echoed each row of petals before I moved on to the next row.
I think that this quilt is a great reminder for me to not get stuck in my normal routine…sometimes, doing something just a little bit different produces the perfect design for the quilt!