For the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I am sharing this quilt that I made about 4 years ago. It is called "Firestorm", but it may equally remind you of leaves against a crisp autumn sky or coral polyps in shallow tropical seas. It is completely pieced, including the L-shaped thin fuchsia borders which proved a bit of a challenge. Quilting was done in a range of metallic and rayon threads, using a variety of free motion patterns and some couched threads in the dark central patches.
And the story behind the quilt? Not long after I'd met Mr Q, he suggested that I make a blue and orange quilt. I fancied trying my hand at curved piecing and so the two ideas collided. I remember sitting with my Dad, picking out the fabrics together and sewing up some test blocks. Between us we decided on the third fabric selection.
I decided to enter the quilt in the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham that year, but plans were derailed when my Dad died very suddenly. Finally, I managed to finish the quilt and it just made the deadline for the Festival - with Mr Q and I speeding along the motorway to Manchester to drop it off at a quilt collection depot with minutes to spare. The final picture is of my Mum and I at the Festival of Quilts in 2006 in front of my quilt! It didn't win any prizes but it was exciting to see it hanging there! It now lives on my office wall at work, where my students often comment on it. Some even ask if they can take it home with them.