2007 Under the Tuscan Sun 39.5 x 44
"Under the Tuscan Sun" was a complicated quilt to create. It was easier to design than to construct. Fortunately, I at least had the benefit of using the lattice pattern I'd drawn out on graph paper for a Hoffman challenge piece made earlier that year.
The elements within the quilt are mostly fused applique with machine-finished edges; and done in a 'stained glass' style.
My first effort for the Kauffman challenge was acknowledged with a Third place award - for which I was thrilled!
2008 'Wild' Flowers! 33 x 44.5
The first piece in my ‘Wild’ Flowers! quilt series. With the desire to create something unique and different I developed these ‘open-centered’, dimensional flowers.
All the flowers and leaves are paper-pieced. The 'wild' flowers are applied by machine; the leaves and stems are hand-appliqued. Quilted mostly with a garden theme of pebbles, leaves, and ferns.
This piece was awarded Second place in the Mixed Technique category.
Unfortunately, 2008 was the final year that Robert Kauffman fabrics offered an annual challenge.