Yellow is her favorite colour, and yellow roses her favorite flower. Together we went shopping "long distance" (I'm in Melbourne, Australia, she's in Florida) - and found this print online:
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The photographs don't do it justice - it's 10 times lovelier than what you see. Anyway, Beth likes it, so that's what we start with.
Now those roses have to be the center of the design. Whatever I do with this, the roses are paramount and must not be upstaged by other fabrics. I felt that a simple design would be best - something with large spaces of the print displayed. I pulled out my Quilt Design Wizard software and got to work. Here's what I came up with:
So I began by cutting out 24 7" square blocks and then cutting them diagonally, to get the triangles. In the photo below, you can see the coordinating print I found to marry with them (Robert Kaufman, of COURSE!):
I want sharp points in the center of my pinwheels. The only way to ensure this is to stitch the triangles together - and start at the "pointy end. That way I can carefully match up the seams and be VERY sure the points will be sharp.
5 of the 12 blocks are like the one on the right. The rest are like the one on the left...REVERSED! So... out comes my seam-ripper (aka "unpicker") and I had to pull those 5 blocks apart and re-do them.
But it all got done. Here's the final quilt - it turned out GREAT!
59" x 72" - polyester batting, quilted on the longarm (free motion loop-d-loops)
Below is a closeup of the stitching, showing the front and back. I opted for simple loop-d-loops in yellow thread, which pretty much disappears into the roese print, but is visible against the dark green and slightly visible against the yellow.