Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Sunflower, Birdhouses and a Story

As promised, here is a new finished project reveal. My daughter loves sunflowers. When I saw this wall hanging in Quilter's World magazine (Aug. 2008), I knew I had to make it for her. Since I was going from Nashville to San Diego this week to visit her, I put a rush on finishing. She loved it!
I was thrilled to find the exact same red fabric print for the border as was pictured in the magazine.
I tried my hand at thread painting with a variegated thread to give the sunflower depth. I used a trapunto technique for the center of the sunflower.
 The birdhouse roofs were prairie points with buttons tied with tan embroidery thread. Looks like nesting material.

 Even the backing has sunflowers.
Now a story about the sunflowers. In February 2010, a 17 year old girl at my granddaughter's high school (Poway, CA) was kidnapped and murdered. Her name was Chelsea King. At her memorial service everyone was given a sunflower (see story here). When I found the red border fabric at a LQS, I mentioned the story to the lady who was cutting the fabric for me. As I was telling it, my eyes fell on the selvage. The name of the fabric design was Chelsea Lane. The coincidence gave me goose bumps. 


Teresa in Music City said...

Oh my, that is an eerie story about the Chelsea names! I remember when that happened and recognized her name instantly. What a shame!

Your daughter's quilt is just adorable!!! You did a great job on the thread painting and those buttons are just too cute!

Sandy said...

Hi there,
Just found your blog while searching for sunflower material. Could you tell me how I might find this pattern? I think this is just beautiful and you did such a wonderful job.

Sandy said...

Oh, yes...I hope you don't mind, but I pinned this onto my Pinterest board because I love it so much.

Valerie Reynolds said...

Oh Donna! I truly love everything about this quilt! The embellishments, the backing, the cute!

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