I was clearing out a cupboard yesterday, and came across this wall-hanging that I'd made a few years ago (not sure if it was 2006 or 2007!!). This was made on a class I went to at my local quilt shop, Quilters Haven, and the technique we were learning was another method of applique. The pattern was taken from the book "Stitch and Split Applique" by Jayme Crow and Joan Segna. I named this wall-hanging "Stormy Sunflowers" and my inspiration had been driving past a field of sunflowers in a neighbouring village during a storm...
...the background was quilted using a decorative stitch before the applique was added. The leaves are embellished with green beads, and I copied the leaf motif for free-motion quilting in the borders. This was one of my first attempts at FMQ, so the tendrils are probably a bit more curly and wild than they should have been! The background "field" and "sky" of this wall hanging was made with batiks, also the borders and bindings. The stems, leaves and the sunflowers themselves were made from an assortment of fabrics from my stash. The sunflower centres were embellished with large buttons..
...it seemed perfect to use this sunflower print for the back of the quilt! I haven't got any sunflowers in my garden this year, but Mr F has grown some very nice Rudbeckia, which compliments this wall hanging very nicely. Now I wonder if he'd notice if I picked a few of these to have in the lounge ;) ...
...anyway, back in 2007 I'd entered this wall hanging in a "Quilt Walk Around Wickham Market" that was organised by my local quilt shop, Quilters Haven. Quilts were hung all around the market square, in the church and in local shops too. This wall hanging was displayed in the hardwear shop.
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