Quilting the Dahlia Panel – Part 3

The quilting on this panel was a challenge in more ways than one.  When we left off here, the top section was done, and the machine was acting up.  Thanks to a lot of help from both the excellent tech guy at A1, Randy, and My Sweet Babboo, the machine is now humming along and behaving again.

Hoffman Dahlia Panel at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

For the next petal, I planned a scallop shell with three lines around the outer edge.  I didn’t get them done smoothly, and there are some bad wobbles in the lines.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

This little clam shell fill was pretty easy.  Once I got the rhythm going, it was quilted in just a couple of minutes.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Next, wavy meander in this petal.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, curlicues.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Working down, the next row of petals had two colors, so I planned motifs that could be broken into sections.  This one has over-under loops.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then the leaf motif was put on another petal.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Change thread color to purple, and go back to the first petal to finish.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

One done.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Next one done.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The last row had petals that would change from purple to blue, so once again, I quilted the purple part on each one first.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then change thread color to blue to finish.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Lastly, straight line rays were put on the background parts.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Finally, the panel was finished.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here are a few close up views, beginning with the bottom right.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Here’s the bottom left.  I’m not really happy with the cross hatch one, but because this will be a wall hanging for my bedroom, I decided not to rip it out and do it over.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Upper left.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Upper right.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

And the center section.

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

If you are just new to my blog, see the first two installments on quilting this panel on Beginning the Dream Big Panel, and Quilting the Dahlia Panel Part 2.  The final finishing post covering a different hanging method is coming soon.

After I finish a quilt repair, next I’ll start on the one that will be donated to Bullington Gardens for their Dahlia Days auction.  It is in the Sunset colorway, very vibrant.  See all the colorways for Hoffman Dream Big panels on Fat Quarter Shop. Don’t forget to see what is on today’s Flash Sale while you are there!

Dahlia Panel Quilting at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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33 thoughts on “Quilting the Dahlia Panel – Part 3

  1. karenfae

    I think it looks great, you did such a good job and so many different areas of quilting to have all the petals stand out -l you should be proud – you did a good job

  2. Julie

    Great job! A lovely variety of motifs to highlight the individual petals. I’m not sure which one you’re not pleased with, they all make me smile.

  3. It turned out wonderfully, and will provide a sweet inspirational and reference piece next time you are looking for an idea about how to quilt another piece.

  4. Good morning Carole. Your dahlia quilt is stunning, and will be a beautiful addition to your bedroom. I’ve always loved the flower, especially since we saw them, plate sized, in a massive garden full of them, on a trip we made to Europe, many, many years ago.
    Happy to hear your longarm is running smoothly again.

  5. Jennifer Rauch

    Soooo beautiful! Quite an ambitious project – can’t wait to see the one in bright colors. Not quilting here – still making cards! Card group finally got together the first time since March 16. Only 7 of us, but a breath of fresh energy as we distanced, wiped, masked, etc. Worth it!

  6. Patricia Evans

    Having seen so many incredibly stunning interpretations of these panels, including yours, I’m totally intimidated and will most likely never attempt one. I’m sure your donation panel will be a very successful fund raiser.

  7. Beverly

    You’ve given me enough inspiration to try one of these panels. I’ve been admiring them since they first showed up on line. Thank you!

  8. Nancy Bekedam

    Not sure which crosshatch petal you weren’t happy with–they all look great from here! Great job meeting the Dream Big challenge!!!

  9. Susan T

    Are you kidding me? This is stunning! I give you so much credit for even taking on this huge project. We women think we have to point out every little detail gone wrong…including me. There is so much going on here that no one will notice. They will just assume it should look like that. It is called a design decision! Lol! I think the petals that went from 2 colors would have still been lovely with no thread change. The blue going into the purple, or vise versa would have woven it all together. Nature doesn’t change veining on leaves so why should we? Congrats to an excellent job.

  10. Mary

    We are always critical of our own work but if you put it aside for a few days you will see it as a whole which is really lovely. It looks really quite stunning. You can be proud of this one and the next will be more wonderful. :))

  11. Looking gorgeous! Here’s the reason machine quilting on something like this is perfect. I don’t think I’ll be able to do my panel justice – Just beautiful! Could you show what material you used for the backing, did I miss that? TY 🙂

  12. Joan Sheppard

    I’ve got about 2 more years of practice to go before I step off that ledge! You did such a lovely job and love all the patterns. I just finished a small quilt yesterday and did curlicues and I might just have to rip it out. I won’t because it is for a dog bed but still they got wonky and uneven – but I’m not giving up. (And the dogs don’t care.) But went to Fat Quarter shop and Oh my so many choices!!!! Thanks again for sharing this.

  13. I think your panel is just gorgeous and (aside from your tech problems) looks like great practice for the one you’re planning to donate! I only quilt on my DSM, and with my walking foot, but it would probably be fun to see what I could do with a panel like that. Tempting!

  14. Oh Carole, not only this is a spectacular finish, it is also a directory of quilting patterns. If there was a quilting academy, this would be the capstone project. You may not be 100% happy but I am sure that you love it 1000%. Stay safe.

  15. Helen Glover

    Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of your work and ideas. I do not do my own quilting but would love for you to! God bless!

  16. Kim Sharman

    The quilting on your Dahlia panel is beautiful! I have this exact same panel sitting in my armoire waiting for me to stitch it. It is such a pretty panel, isn’t it.

  17. Rebecca Grace

    Hi, Carole! I went back and read parts one and two as well. Your dahlia looks amazing. Even though your pebbling might not have come out looking like you intended, I think it’s really effective in the center of the flower because it reminds me of all the little seeds and not-perfectly-round bits that you find at the center of real flowers in nature. Very organic.
    Questions: You mentioned that you stuck with a single color of Bottom Line in your bobbin, but I don’t recognize your top threads. What kind of thread did you use in the needle? Is it a cotton? And what kind of marking, if any, did you do for your clamshell fill? Asking because it looks fantastic and I’ve tried to “freehand” that one before with not so lovely results. Quilting a Dahlia panel for yourself first before making the donation piece is such a good idea. Finally, how long have you had that A-1 machine of yours, where did you get it, and would you recommend it to a friend? A-1 was the only major brand I didn’t look at before buying my APQS, and that was because I wasn’t able to find a dealer within a day’s drive and I was wary of ordering a machine sight-unseen, but I know that two of the quilters I most admire quilt with A-1 (Bethanne Nemesh & Judi Madsen). I’ve always wanted to try one and had been meaning to look for them at the next big show, but of course all of those are canceled now.
    Where in the Carolinas are you, by the way? I’m in Charlotte. Our husbands certainly have something in common — my guy has learned how to retime my machine with the help of APQS Tech Support, and he will be installing a new upgrade on my machine as soon as the parts get here! :-). Thanks for linking up with Long Arm Learning!

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