I promised a few peopleI would do a post on it and tell how it came about and how I did the applique borders. Here goes.
A long time ago, I saw a photo in a Japanese quilt magazine of a colourwashed version of the DWR (bottom right in the photo below) and thought it pretty clever. That seed was sown was starting to sprout when I saw another one years later in a magazine done by Gerty Putter, a south African quilter. That's when I decided to make one. I researched the different piecing methods and finally decided to purchase the template set from Quilting From The Heartland.
I bought a nice P&B nuetral coloured background and the fabrics for the center of the rings, the rest was from old stash. Remember all the Hoffman florals? That's mostly what I had in the stash so I cut and cut and cut the pieces and arranged them according to colour and value in pizza boxes.
I worked out the easiest piecing method for me and photocopied them in progress so I would remember how to do it in case it got left a long time (it did) See the two photos at the bottom below.
Then I got quilters block. I was bored with looking at it and convinced myself that it needed something extra, after all, I had put a lot of time in it. Applique is usually the first thing I think of adding and then this Quilters Newsletter magazine arrived.
Wow I thought, I need some applique like that around the borders. The quilt on the cover is by Kathy Nakajima.
When the center of the top was pieced, I appliqued the outer rings to some background fabric.
Meanwhile this book pictured below had arrived in the mail and thinking it had a pattern for the cover quilt, I thought I was set. Wrong! There is a pattern for a small wall quilt but not for the large one. Not to be beaten and loving a challenge, I set about drawing a design to fit my quilt borders. Ok that part was a lot of fun for me and very satisfying I might add. I used some of the flowers from the book and drew my own versions.
The funny thing is that after I had done all this, Quilters newsletter released the pattern. Did I buy it? You bet, maybe I'll even do the compass one day, ha! ;)
Here are some photos of the results so far. I did french knots in silk thread around the flower centers. The fabrics I used are batiks, hand dyes and moda marbles. You can click on the photos for close ups.
I'm up to quilting the borders but it's going to take awhile, I stitch around all applique shapes and then I will echo quilt around them. The fabric is not cut from behind the applique so it's slow going quilting inside them.