I had the pleasure of quilting this stunning quilt for Tracy earlier this spring. Tracy was one of three co-leaders of a Block of the Month applique project for the Manitoba Prairie Quilters. Since this is 2020, the big reveal that was originally scheduled for June, finally took place virtually in October. The pattern comes from Applique Addicts. The centre block is called Miss Hannah, and the surrounding blocks are called Floribunda. The pattern designer is Erin Russek and she blogs at One Piece at a Time.
Tracy requested crosshatching behind the large centre applique. We discussed different feather options and ways to treat the smaller applique blocks, and ultimately she left many of the design choices up to me. Tracy not only does amazing hand applique, her piecing is spot on as well. The sashing with a saw tooth edge was certainly a unique feature of the quilt layout. I used that to determine the size of the crosshatching. It all lined up beautifully thanks to Tracy's attention to detail and precision.
After a lot of stitch in the the ditch work around the tremendous amount of applique on this quilt, I had fun playing with feathers in all of the sashing and border sections.
Here are some close up photos of the 12 smaller blocks. I just love how the mushroom background and border let the blocks just pop.
Thank you Tracy for trusting me with your beautiful quilt that was obviously a labour of love.