My husband helped me take all these wonderful photos! He's always complaining that my photos are to dark. I love when he gets involved! It was very windy yesterday so my hand was in all the pichures trying to stabilize the quilt.
The pattern is called Dreamweaver and it's in the book Quilts From The House Of Tula Pink. While I love Tula Pink and have more than enough of her fabric to make (probably) several of these, I wanted to do something different! So I tried Oriental fabrics keeping the gold flake as a unifying feature. It is a nice big queen size quilt.
Here is a close up of the flower quilting done by Maria O'haver. I honestly had no idea what the quilting should be like for this one. I've never done an Oriental quilt and I just couldn't picture it. I think these large flowers are the perfect fit!
This is my great pieced back! I couldn't find an Oriental fabric that I liked enough to say, "Hey, I want to look at 7 or 8 yards of that!," and lets face it, backing your quilt can seem super expensive when you know your getting ready to dump a bunch of money into quilting as well! So I pulled out all of my left over Oriental fabric (turns out I had more than I thought) and I got out a sketch pad and starting trying to see how I could make everything fit together. I still have a big pile left over! In the end I love this so much! It's really inspired me to try to piece more backs and get even more creative!
This pieced backing couldn't have come at a better time! When I took this quilt to show it off at one of my guilds on Thursday Gyleen Fitzgerald was our guest speaker. She gave a wonderful (and absolutely hilarious) presentation about quilting in a recession and scrap quilting. She brought with her many quilts that had pieced backings. Some had a few orphan block thrown in, some where blocks of different left over fabrics. She looks at the back as an opportunity to use up fabrics from her stash and save money. After her wonderful presentation I was proud to present my own pieced backing and I even got a thumbs up from Gyleen!
I liked the back so much that I decided to let my foundation pieced flying geese circle live back here!
And another close up of the quilting just because I think it's a little easier to see on the back.