With this in mind, I designed a queen sized quilt for the fund-raiser with an appliqued hot air balloon floating over vineyards in a center oval, which in turn is surrounded by a border of pieced grape leaves and a final outer border of appliqued swags. Applique grape clusters occupy the cornerstones of the grape leaf border.
I turned under the edges of all the applique motifs and machine appliqued them with monofilament thread. The hot air balloon itself had an extra layer of batting underneath it for a faux trapunto effect.
|This shows just one of the swirly feathers.|
The batting is a 80% cotton/20% polyester blend.
continuous tube method and actually enjoy the process. :-) (the link is also on the right-hand side of the blog)
The fund-raiser event will be this coming Fall; I'm very pleased with myself for finishing this quilt so far in advance! I had visions of frantically stitching the binding down en route to the event! Now, I can sit back and move on to other projects. :-)