Quilting the Sunset Dahlia for Bullington Gardens

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then feathers for the next long and slender one.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Finishing the petal in green, the colors follow the printed design.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Curved cross hatching was completed with a curved ruler.  The little hills were free motion.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Working around in the green as far as I could go, one petal on this side was left half finished for now.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Next thread color change to yellow was made, and I quilted designs in the yellow sections.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The next petal was a combination of orange and yellow, so I marked it first for curved cross hatching.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I quilted the yellow lines, then changed color to orange to finish that petal.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Returning to the center, I quilted more rays in the middle, and feathers in one petal going as far as the orange color went.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Returning to the center, I finished the bottom side of the orange color areas, and partial petals.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Having the plan kept it straight as to which quilting motif went where.  I chose ones that would integrate two colors well.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

All the orange complete, time to change back to yellow.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I finished all the petals to be quilted in yellow.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Change thread color back to green and complete all the green areas on the bottom half of the quilt.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Going back to the sides, I partially quilted the petals that graded from green to blue.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Change back to blue thread to finish the remaining petals and background rays.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Bottom left done, I just need to remove some chalk lines.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Move to the bottom right.  All that is left are a few rays and one last petal.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

All done, and faster than the first one as I had a good plan.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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.

Sunset Dahlia Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

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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35 thoughts on “Quilting the Sunset Dahlia for Bullington Gardens

    1. Carolyn K.

      Wow, Wow, Wow – I can’t even begin to understand the process you described; however I loved seeing the quilting come alive. What a treat for the eyes. You are extremely talented. It was well worth the posting. Thank you.
      Carolyn K

  1. Rita C.

    Carole, your sunset dahlia quilting is simply outstanding! I absolutely LOVE the colors! Carole, the raffle doesn’t state when it closes or when the winner will be selected. Do you have more info on that? Your dedication of the proceeds for both the gardens and adults with special needs is commendable.

  2. It is beautiful. You had a great idea there to print out a copy to practice with on both of your quilts. You did a good job with the threads too. Congratulations. Glad you didn’t have any setbacks this time!

  3. Cathy Walker

    That looks amazing! I will definitely buy a raffle ticket, and I am a huge fam of Beginnings. Bought my first embroidery machine there and their thread collection is right on perfect. Thanks for doing this project and sharing it.

  4. Carole, I really think you have reached the top of the mountain with this! I cannot wait to go to the shop and see it in person. This should be a very successful fund raiser for Bullington Gardens….and what a worthy cause! I loved your first one, but this one just blows me away.

  5. This panel is gorgeous and your quilting really accentuates it’s beauty!! I love the sheen on those Floriani threads. I use them a good bit for embroidery but haven’t tried them on my longarm. I have tried other 40 weight thread though. I’ll be giving these a try too! Thanks for sharing. I tried to go to the Floriani link and it took me to a login page. I’ll do a search for Create with Floriani and see what comes up. Thanks for sharing your talent, Carole!

  6. Melanie

    Stunning, Carole. Fascinating to observe your quilting technique and designs. Good luck with the fundraiser, and thanks for sharing.

  7. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, This is such an amazing quilt that you have done! I enjoyed each one of the photo’s that you shared and all of the information that you shared. Whoever does end up winning this will be receiving a spectacular treasure! Once again, I give you a standing ovation for the charity work that you do! You are a special individual, Carole, with a heart of gold that grows stronger each and every year that I know you! Have a spectacular day!

    1. Jean

      Carole, Thank you for sharing your work on this panel. It came out great! Helping Bullington Gardens, by raffling it off, is perfect.
      -Jean ❤️

  8. Your plan worked to perfection, Carole! Your FMQ looks superb, this really shows off your design talents, as well as your free motion skills. 😍 Is there a special custom quilt in your future?

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