1998 – This quilt was part of a guild “Ugly Fabric Challenge”. It was awarded Viewer’s Choice – Best of Fabric Challenge at the Cotton Country Quilter’s 1998 quilt show in Bastrop, LA. This was my first ribbon!!
We each were given a fat quarter of some lime green fabric and another fat quarter of some tropical fish fabric. This was my first try at putting a quilt together without an official pattern.
I chose 2 different paper-pieced hummingbird patterns from the book, 500 Quilt Blocks. I fussy-cut the fish fabric into different pieces and used the “fish” and blue water background pieces to make the bright areas on the birds. I also used lots of the lime green and a few fabrics from my stash.
The quilting designs were from A Treasury of Quilting Designs, by Linda Goodmon Emery. The daffodil quilting in the center piece was executed using different colors of thread, and I used metallic gold thread for the circle around the flowers.
Lessons learned: That pale yellow bird on the right side bugs me… I should have chosen a little brighter fabric. Every time I look at this quilt I wish I had taken more time in the placement of the birds because I have a couple of blue ones too close together. I was VERY please with the hand quilting… this was my best effort at this point. Another lesson learned… plan ahead. We were only allowed 1 fat quarter of the lime green fabric. I wanted to use it for the binding but I did not have enough left to make a double-fold binding. I had to do a single-fold and it really is more flimsy and does not stand up as well.
Teaser for tomorrow: If you lived in the country, what kind of fence might you have? It’s a guy quilt, and I think you’ll like it!
Quilting update: Only 7 more quilts to get done before Christmas. :) Making good progress! Today after church I hope to get the borders put on that Christmas surprise quilt so it will be ready to quilt as soon as customer quilts are completed.