A Sunflower in My Garden

A Sunflower in My Garden, by Marva Swanson

The featured quilt in the April 4, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called A Sunflower in My Garden, and it was created by Marva Swanson. This quilt was made using a machine applique technique made popular by renowned quilter Sharon Schamber. The technique requires that you work from the back of the quilt, glue all the pieces together and then stitch the seams on a machine. Marva hired Regina Carter to professionally machine quilt the piece, and then embellished her quilt with crystals.

Marva Swanson

Marva says A Sunflower in My Garden was even more fun to make because it was created in a class of quilting friends with friend Maxine Moore as the teacher. “It was very interesting to see how differently the quilts turned out even though they were made from the same pattern,” she said.
If your garden is not in full bloom yet, this quilt will remind you to look forward to the beautiful blooms that will arrive in just a few weeks.

Periodot Sunflower in a World of Its Own

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell has a flair for naming her quilts, and the March 15, 2009, featured quilt of the week in the Start Your Week With A Quilt newsletter is no exception. She has named it Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise.

This quilt was made in a class taught by Maxine Moore.  The purpose of the class was to learn a new technique called “piece-liqué.” The technique, created by renowned quilter Sharon Schamber, is a way to make a curved appliqué  quilt by piecing it on a sewing machine. 

When asked how did she come up with the name of the quilt Roz says, “the green is peridot, my August birthstone. It looks like it is floating in space on the black batik background –hence the Starship Enterprise.”

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell

Then she adds slyly,  “Maybe Lieutenant Worf gave it to me!!”

For Startrek fans, Roz always had a crush on Lieutenant Worf. He is her kind of specimen. For those who don’t have a clue about Startrek, I can’t explain it here. Just enjoy the quilt!

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