Squirrely dahlia

  • Started: February 2013
  • Finished: April 2013
  • Size: about 72″ square.

This was one of the first quilts I made with quilt-shop designer fabric, and I loved the fabric so much I wanted to make something quite special with it. I designed the large dahlia center in EQ7 and fussy-cut all the pieces. I wound up re-doing the center after it was together to add more interest. And I had to sew the outer pieces on twice as setting a gigantic circle into a square is quite tricky! For quilting I took my time and echoed the flower shape into the center and then all the way out to the edge.

I made a special backing for this quilt, which turned into my “Out of the box” pattern.

This quilt also got a second place ribbon in the 2014 MN state fair in the category of large quilts, quilted by entrant.