Dorothy's Applique Quilt

I haven't met Dorothy, but her daughter is one of my clients, and she brought me this quilt to finish for her mother. 

Isn't it lovely?  I hope I can do work like this when I'm Dorothy's age (who am I kidding?  I don't do hand work like this now LOL)

We decided on a simple continuous curve in the pieced blocks, and a large flower in the setting blocks.

 The applique was outlined (not ditched), which is a faster and thus less spendy treatment, and then echoed.  I think it turned out splendidly.    I did stitch around the center of each flower, as they are too large to leave unquilted.  Aren't those birds great? 

and I added the floral design from the setting squares in the negative space left between appliques at top and bottom center.

The photo of the back shows that there was no ditch stitching in the quilt--and the designs from the borders flowed into the setting squares, so not even between the body of the quilt and the border.  Not every quilt needs ditching.

Thanks Dorothy, for letting me play with your quilt.

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