65" x 65" 2008
This is an entirely machine-embroidered quilt. The oriental machine embroidery motifs were the inspiration. The center portion of the quilt is a single piece of fabric, embroidered all over, and outlined by a tiny 1/4" red border. This red border was highlighted with a triple needle stitching in black, gold, and black threads, then the outer embroidered black borders were stitched on. The quilting is all hand-guided. Embroidery designs in the body of the quilt are from EmbroideryOnline.com. The pinwheel-type motifs within some of the central squares were created with Bernina software from some of the motifs in the designs. The free-standing lace border was machine embroidered on water-soluble stabilizer; the design is from Zundt Designs. To my delight, it won the $5000 Superior Threads Master Award for Thread Artistry at the 2008 Quilts: A World of Beauty contest at the Houston International Quilt Festival. It also won 1st Place in the Large Wall Quilts - Home Machine Quilted category at the 2009 American Quilter's Society Paducah contest. The quilt was featured in the February/March issue (#408) of Quilter's Newsletter magazine, the Winter 2009 issue of Quilts A World of Beauty; Journal of the International Quilt Association, and Issue #128 of Quilts Japan.
The most difficult thing about making this quilt was aligning all the motifs in the center part of the quilt. But keeping the cat hairs off was a close second! I considered naming the quilt "Why Did I Make A Black Quilt When I Live With Two Gray And White Cats?"
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