First - Happy (belated) Birthday Mary~ Thursday slipped by and I missed it, sorry blog mate! Less than 2 weeks and we'll be celebrating with Jill and Susan at my house! Can't wait!
Thanks for all the wonderful comments and questions regarding our Victoria & Albert inspired quilts. If you haven't seen them, click here.
To answer some of the questions of how, and how big:
We both used traditional needle turn applique'. We both did "mirror images" of our design motifs. We did them in sections, then appliqued over the seams. We both (I think Mary did) cut away the background behind the applique. I know I did, to ease in the hand quilting.
Her quilt is 70" x 75". Mary used red & white kona cotton. Mary quilted hers on her long arm quilting machine in a wavy pattern. In a post on Mary's old blog, you can see where she tried out different ideas. The cupcake club helped her decide on the wavy lines, which I still think is a great complimentary design to the bold graphic style of her quilt. Mary won 3rd place at the NJ Show in 2009, which I thought was a total rip-off, especially given the competition in the category. hiss, hiss, & meow.
My quilt is 88" x 88". I used a variety of reproduction fabrics on a soft pink mottled toile' background. I designed the fan quilting stencil for a custom fit on this quilt. I actually measured the borders after making the stencil so they would fit exactly. I splurged on silk batting for the hand quilting. In the end I didn't think it performed any better than my usual favorite, dream cotton, request batting. It won "best applique'" at the NJ Show 2008.
I hope this answered some of the questions - thanks again for all the interest!
Barb & Mary