The Dahlia prior to quilting

Hey Everyone, welcome back to Story Time Monday.

Finally I have completed the Dahlia quilt. It has been in the works for a while but now is officially finished except for the label which will be added shortly.

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Before I get into all the details about this quilt, I want to let you know about the give-away. Yes, I’m giving away the first pattern off the printer to a lucky winner.

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About the Dahlia Quilt

This flower I designed back in April with the Leaves Galore rulers by Sue Pelland Designs for the Country Concessions booth at Creativfest. It was a fun quilt to design and lots of fun to quilt.

I had originally made the yellow Bargello run for my Sunflower Quilt which, by the way, was mentioned on Joyce Bowers blog Delightful Quilting yesterday. The yellow run was just too bright for the sunflower so I put it aside to use for something else. When it came to making the dahlia which originally was to be a daisy except it looked more like a dahlia I thought the yellow would be perfect and it was.

For the background I picked a blue purple fabric which highlighted the yellow perfectly. In future though when I pick a background fabric I will make sure that I have way more than I need. Seeing how I had only a small amount left that meant I was limited to what I could do for the border. More about that in a bit.

With the sunflower I drew all of the petals onto the fusible web and then cut them out and placed them onto the back of the Bargello run. This time, with the dahlia, I fused a large piece of Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 onto the back of the Bargello run covering the whole run. I then used the large Leaves Galore ruler to fussy cut out the 8 inch petals that are seen in the front of the flower. The medium sized ruler was used to fussy cut 5 inch petals to slip in the back between the larger petals.

Instead of piecing a centre for this flower I picked a single fabric to use as the centre. The green & yellow spotted batik works great.

Dahlia Bargello Appliqué Wallhanging Quilt centre détail

Single fabric centre

The flower sat for a bit until I decided what kind of borders I wanted to put on. I settled on a striped border using the fabrics from the flower and the background. Originally I had made 4 identical borders for the sides and then discovered that I didn’t like them all the way around so only used two.

To read more about the making of this border check out my blog post on making a simple and effective striped border.

Dahlia Bargello Appliqué Wallhanging Quilt with just two side borders

The quilt with just two side borders

That settled I then had to decide how I was going to quilt the dahlia and background. I knew I wanted to use the free motion zigzag stitch around the edge of the petals but I also thought what if I trapunto the flower. I figured why not, I have nothing to lose and so I tried it. Trapunto is when a bit of extra batting is added to give some lift or loft to a certain area of the quilt or design.  I used a piece of polyester batting as the extra bit as it has more loft to begin with.

The trapunto turned out great and the centre of the flower even ended up with some texture to it making it look more real. This resulted because I stitched the petals first rather than the centre of the flower. A great design effect. I spent the day quilting this with some of my friends from the Meadow Lane Quilt guild at Anne’s house.

Next the background, but I was still not completely happy with the border. The day I stitched the flower Anne had added a striped border to her sunflower quilt which was left over from the centre of the flower. I really liked the look it gave and I thought what if I cut up the two remaining borders into narrower pieces and use them on the top and bottom or sides depending which way the quilt is hanging. A little bit of math was required along with some removing of stripes in order to get things to be symmetrical and fit. I put everything in place to audition it and loved the results.

Dahlia Bargello Appliqué Wallhanging Quilt in Horizontal Orientation

The horizontal orientation – Click to see much larger!

Now I had to add more batting and backing to the quilt seeing how I had cut everything for the size it was with only the two borders. Can’t say it is really much fun adding on borders, backing and batting when some of the quilting is already done. Plus I had to match up all the stripes seeing how everything was added on as an afterthought. Everything matched thank goodness. I had enough of the background fabric left to add a border all the way around and I am extremely pleased with the look.

The background I quilted very simply using the walking foot with straight lines an inch apart between the yellow stripes.

Now comes the question of the hour – which way do I hang it? I have put sleeves on all sides so it can be hung either orientation. Only one way for the picture on the cover of the pattern though.

Dahlia Bargello Appliqué Wallhanging Quilt in Vertical Orientation

The vertical orientation – Click to see much larger

Which way do you think it should be? Tell me your preference in the comments and enter for a chance to win the Dahlia flower pattern!

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Happy Quilting!

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