Isn't it beautiful? This was made by Sandy Lawrence of Phoenix, AZ. It is another Sarah Vedeler design. Sandy was lucky enough to take a class with Sarah when she made this quilt, and another class with Diane Gaudynski for the quilting! As you can see by the ribbons, the quilt won First Place for Machine Embroidery and Best of Show at the Arizona Quilter's Guild show in 2012. No surprise! You can click the photo to see it larger.
What I really love about this quilt, and what has finally converted me, is the way Sandy has made the machine embroidery into a separate design element of the quilt. The embroidery is not just a way to hold the appliques down. For instance, most of the hits of turquoise that you see in the quilt are thread. Imagine the quilt without it! I love the Southwest colours she has used. If you look at the large photo, you can see areas where more than one colour of thread was used around the edges of the appliques. Sandy has also done embroidery within the shapes.
There are so many great ideas here! Even with my basic machine I can think of some interesting combinations to try. Now I am so keen to get started again! Alas, I am still waiting for my new iron, so it may still be a while.
Now it looks like I won't be paper piecing Month 2 after all! But I'm still glad I did it, because it made me very aware of how the dark fabrics show through the light appliques. I will have to do some careful trimming, I think.
Sandy, thanks so much for the photo, and all the inspiration too!
Paper pieced practice block
Adjusting the template for paper piecing