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May Tulips

May 2009
24" x 24"
Hand appliqued, machine pieced

Machine trapunto and machine quilted
Cotton fabric
YLI #100 silk thread in needle & bobbin

Hobbs wool batt

My friend Karen Pessia, a talented applique artist, completed the quilt top which features the May Tulips design by Marie Webster.

I used two layers of trapunto batting behind the applique shapes and feathers, a technique I learned in a class from Philippa Naylor.  The white color of the trapunto batting contrasts with the cream colored wool batt used for the background.  To make the feathers stand out more, I quilted the background with a soft yellow silk thread.

The one-block wall quilt was made for the silent auction at The Quilters Hall of Fame Triple Anniversary Celebration in July, 2009. For more information, scroll or click to the bottom of the page.

A Quilters Gathering 2009 ~ Machine Quilting Excellence, Third Place

Lowell Quilt Festival 2010 ~ Judge's Choice, Linda McCuean

Lowell Quilt Festival 2010 ~ Third Place, Wall Mixed / Other

May Tulips - Details of machine Quilting


More information on the Quilters Hall of Fame:

The Quilters Hall of Fame is a National Historic Landmark that honors today’s quilt makers. On July 16-19, 2009, The Quilters Hall of Fame celebrated the 150th birthday of Marie Webster, the 30th anniversary of The Quilters Hall of Fame, and the 5th anniversary of the opening of Marie Webster’s home in Marion, Indiana where she operated an early mail order quilt pattern business.

In 2009, members of the Baltimore Appliqué Society volunteered to make one-block quilts as a fund raiser for a silent auction during The Quilters Hall of Fame Celebration in July. Each quilt is based on a Marie Webster applique design.  My friend Karen Pessia and I volunteered to collaborate on one of these quilts.  Our quilt, May Tulips, traveled to Baltimore to join the rest of the auction quilts. Although the online auction is finished, you can still see the quilts on the Baltimore Applique Society web site

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