(For the Online Quilt festival, I linked to this posting. I had grown a lot in my art by the time I made Dahlia Festival, and I am very happy with the quilt. However, another quilt might be my real favorite because of the meaningful subject. I made a quilt honoring my father for the 2007 Journal Quilt Project. You can see it pictured on my November 2, 2007, posting.)
This is probably my favorite quilt; it's called Dahlia Festival. I printed photos I had taken at a dahlia festival in Oregon. I printed the flowers and leaves on a variety of silk fabrics--chiffon, charmmeuse, satin, crepe. The hardest part was arranging the flowers in a pleasing manner. I eventually stitched a piece of green upholstery trim on the background, following the Fibonacci pattern (think nautilus), and placed the flowers and leaves along the trim. I quilted it freehand, the background in a pattern of leaves; then I sewed French knots and beads on the flowers.
The quilt makes me happy, not only because of the cheerful colors and theme, but because it reminds me of the lovely day I had with my sister Janet, my brother-in-law Scott, and Scott's cousin Dirk. It was a beautiful day, which we topped off with a delicious slice of marionberry pie.