Here is part two of my update. ;) I've finished (all but one step, which I'll explain in a minute) my Coneflower quilt! :) This one measures 26" x 21" and is machine appliquéd (after fusing) and machine quilted. As I explained in a previous post, I took a class for this and didn't like the class at all. I ended up leaving class early — something I almost never do — and coming home to follow the directions in the book.
The flower parts were fused in place, and then I was supposed to thread paint them for extra security. However, I'm no great shakes at thread painting (someday …), so I did multiple rows of echo quilting inside each petal, stem, and leaf shape instead. The background was supposed to be echo quilted, according to the pattern instructions, but I added large, flowing sprays of feathers instead. You know how I love feathers! ;) You may just be able to see a bit of the quilting in this close-up. Would you have guessed that the thread on the background is actually a very dark navy? I didn't think so! ;)
Finally, I added piping next to the binding as a bit of extra interest; I didn't think borders were really necessary on this piece. So what haven't I yet finished on this? The label! I planned and designed an embroidered label (my first!), but my embroidery module isn't cooperating. It's probably operator error, but I'm going to take it in for some help in the next few days.