Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sunflowers for Summer... Summer Fair Quilt Show!
I made this quilt as a gift for our daughter's university graduation this past spring. When I saw that Gen X Quilters were hosting a Summer Fair Quilt Show, I had to think about which quilt to enter. Considering this is one of my favourite quilts for so many reasons and considering sunflowers shout "summer", I thought this should be the quilt.
Our daughter is our sunflower girl. She loves sunflowers and always has. I have kept and scrounged sunflower fabrics over the years because of her. Some of the fabrics in this quilt are scraps from sundresses I made for her when she was a little girl. I also added a few more "modern" sunflower fabrics to round out the selection. I knew that I had the fabric but then I had to decide on a pattern. I did not want the quilt to look too country or too something. I was taken with Elizabeth Hartman's Kitchen Window quilt in her book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. This is a great book by the way! And it seemed perfect to showcase the sunflowers in a modern quilting way. Framed in Kona black and floating in a yellow Kona solid, stippled all over in yellow, I am just so pleased with how it turned out. I backed the quilt in a striped sheet with a strip of sunflower print to tie it altogether. And the icing on the cake was how delighted our daughter was when she opened it at her graduation. Probably my favourite quilt gift to date. Here is the quilt, next to our woods, this past May.
Have a wonderful summer and check out the other entries in the Summer Fair Quilt Show!