Christine is a long arm machine quilter, quilt pattern designer, punchneedle pattern designer & author. She publishes her designers under her company Fairfield Road Designs and is also a Thrive Life Independent Consultant. Her blog will feature news about her different companies, insights into her family life and previews of new patterns and designs and yummy Thrive recipes.
Back in 2006 - yes TEN YEARS AGO - my mom and I attended Quilt Canada in Ottawa and took a course on creating pictorial flower quilts from a photo. I wish I could remember the name of the technique we used or who taught the class, but the handouts we received are long gone (or lost somewhere in the depths of my sewing room).
My flower applique was finished shortly after we came home from the conference, but I never knew how I wanted to border and quilt it, so I tucked it away and was surprised when I found it back in December!
I have quite a collection of batik fabrics - all housed in this shoe organizer. I LOVE batiks, and always seem to be adding to my stash. I figured that was a good place to start when looking for border fabrics for my poppy.
I picked out a few to audition...
And ended up picking a black batik for the inner border and two different orange prints for the outside border.
Once I got it loaded it on my Gammill, I had fun doing lots of machine quilting on the flower and background.
Here is a view of the back of the wallhanging showing some of the machine quilting.
Here is the finished project. I really love how it turned out and really can't believe that it took me ten years to finish it. Good thing I started my 52 week UFO challenge!! Project #34 is done!!