93" x 102" 2007
Heirloom embellished ivory batiste blocks and borders are layered over pieced "starburst" blocks in rust and gold. The heirloom techniques used included shaped puffing, shaped lace, transparent reverse applique windows, shadow applique, and satin stitched gimp cord. Decorative machine stitching with subtle color changes accents the design. The dense quilting features diamond-shaped feather motifs between the puffing medallions, with accents of metallic gold thread. The binding has tiny black piping and a scalloped, shell-stitched outer edge. The backing is a gold/brown ombre, mitered so it is dark in the center, fading to light gold on the outer edges, and required 17 yards of fabric! This quilt is huge, and took nearly a year to complete. The name is a reflection of what I said when I finished the quilt!
This quilt won 3rd place in the Mixed Techniques Category at the 2008 Quilts: A World of Beauty contest at the Houston International Quilt Festival, and 2nd place in Bed Quilts, Home Sewing Machine Quilted category at the 2009 American Quilter's Society Paducah contest. It also won Best of Show at the 2009 Little Balkans Quilt Festival in Pittsburg, KS.
Click here to see a detail image