This is my entry in Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival. Be sure to go to her website for your connection to some great quilt stories and photos of memorable quilts. If you missed her first festival in April, it's literally an online quilt show extravaganza. Great fun! For the first festival, I wrote about a special quilt I made for my son (serving in Iraq).
I've mentioned this Q before, back when I first started blogging. This quilt now belongs to the local women's health center, where they display it during summer months.
This is the first quilt I made with my own ideas. I didn't just copy another quilt and change colors, as I usually do. It's an original, and I'm proud of it. I had the center panel for years, along with a group of blue & yellow coordinating FQs. The panel was featured in a magazine article the same year it was sold, but I decided to create something different.
As I went through books and magazines, looking for inspiration, I kept noticing one design idea. Stars were set on point and turned into groups of flowers. So I made sawtooth stars for 6 flower "bouquets." I added squares below the panel so the flowers would fit, added hourglass blocks along the top and bottom, setting triangles on the sides, and it was done.
I'm proud of my design, and I almost wish I'd kept it for myself. But that's the beauty of being a quilter. We can just make another one for ourselves.