The second Dahlia panel is finished, and the colors on this one are so vibrant! The colorway is called Sunset. I didn’t have any threads to match the intense colors on this panel, so I went to Beginnings and purchased four Floriani embroidery threads in precisely matched colors.
It was easy to find a good match with the display of over 300 shades and gradations to choose from. These threads are strong enough for high speed embroidery machines, so I thought they would be fine for the longarm, and they were. The threads stitched beautifully without breaking.
I reviewed my plan, and found that the outer petals on this colorway are a bit more defined, so there are a few more that can be highlighted. I made some adjustments to the plan, and dove in.
The outermost color is blue, so that was threaded on the machine first. I stitched the edges down, then began working the free motion designs in the petals. This wavy-S shape is easy.
Then feathers for the next long and slender one.
Working left to right, I went around the corner. For this quilt, I made the background rays farther apart than I did on the pastel one for better definition of the petal designs.
Working down as far as I could go with the blue, a couple of petals were halfway done, then I changed thread color to the green.
Finishing the petal in green, the colors follow the printed design.
Curved cross hatching was completed with a curved ruler. The little hills were free motion.
Working around in the green as far as I could go, one petal on this side was left half finished for now.
Next thread color change to yellow was made, and I quilted designs in the yellow sections.
The center is also yellow, so I worked my way into the middle. This time I didn’t try to make it so fussy. I just outlined the shapes there, and put a few rays in the yellow part coming out from the center.
The next petal was a combination of orange and yellow, so I marked it first for curved cross hatching.
I quilted the yellow lines, then changed color to orange to finish that petal.
Returning to the center, I quilted more rays in the middle, and feathers in one petal going as far as the orange color went.
Returning to the center, I finished the bottom side of the orange color areas, and partial petals.
Having the plan kept it straight as to which quilting motif went where. I chose ones that would integrate two colors well.
All the orange complete, time to change back to yellow.
I finished all the petals to be quilted in yellow.
Change thread color back to green and complete all the green areas on the bottom half of the quilt.
Going back to the sides, I partially quilted the petals that graded from green to blue.
Change back to blue thread to finish the remaining petals and background rays.
Bottom left done, I just need to remove some chalk lines.
Move to the bottom right. All that is left are a few rays and one last petal.
All done, and faster than the first one as I had a good plan.
The thread tension was perfect! The bobbin held only Bottom Line in light yellow throughout, and there are no pokies!
I bound it in bright yellow, the same as the backing. See closeup views of all the quadrants on the Sunset Dahlia Quilt page I set up for the raffle.
It is now hanging at Beginnings Quilt Shop for viewing until September 1. Todd and Kathy have ordered some panels for local residents. Beginnings also has a huge display of all 300+ colors of Floriani threads if you’d like to try them. No affiliation here, just a satisfied customer of a truly wonderful shop with great people. You can also get these threads with the online portal at Floriani, by clicking on Create With Floriani and using the guest password ‘beginnings’. You can shop for thread and stabilizers, and sign up to get emails when they do their live video events. Just choose Beginnings as your dealer. The last live video event was 2 hours of tips and tricks on embroidery and more, and they gave away some neat packages of products to a few pre-registered participants.
Raffle tickets are $10, online only on the Bullington Gardens website. If you are out of the area, Bullington will ship the quilt to the winner for free. Support a wonderful local garden with your raffle ticket purchases, and you might win this Sunset Dahlia quilt.
What do you think of my Sunset Dahlia?
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