Block 52 Coneflower

quilted lines on batting
Quilting on reverse of block 52 Coneflower

I’m still working out good approaches for quilting on and around appliqué and embroidery. For this block, I wanted to suggest the bumpy texture of the center of the flower, so I quilted some loops in there. I also wanted the appliqué to stand out, so I echoed once around the whole design.

I decided to echo inside each petal, but I left the stem unquilted to help it look smooth and round like a stem.

The background was an experiment and I love how it turned out. The narrow lines all point toward the flower so they draw the eye right in to the appliqué and give the block a happy energy. This one was fun to make!

quilted block

Coneflower is block 52 of the Splendid Sampler and was designed by Pat Sloan.

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