State Fair “Pandemonium”

Hello Again Quilting Friends!

Today I wanted to give you a little background on one of my appliqué projects using the beautiful fabrics I sell in my online store. I may be prejudice, but I think Kaffe Fassett Collective is the most beautiful fabric line for quilts. I love appliqué quilting and want to share with you about one of my appliqué quilt journeys.

This is my rendition of Kim McLeans appliqué pattern “Pandemonium”.

I Started this in 2019 and finished it in January of 2022. It is a combination of hand sewn appliqué and machine pieced blocks. The appliqué method I used on this quilt was prepared edge a technique by Pearl P. Pereira. All the fabric I used was Kaffe Fassett Collective, Brandon Mably, Philip Jacobs, and some Snow Leopard Designs also by Philip Jacobs.

When I started “Pandemonium,” I actually almost quit before I barely started. I looked at the whole quilt with each section in mind and it became overwhelming. I finally realized I would never finish this massive appliqué quilt unless I broke it down into sections. The great thing about Kim’s patterns is they are easy to break up into smaller sections. I began working on one panel at a time. I would complete the appliqués for the complete panel then move on to the next and so on. If I was sitting for any length of time, be it in the car, appointments, or evenings, I would hand stitch the appliqués to the background fabrics. There were days I felt “Pandemonium” would never be completed.

Three years later in January 2022, my rendition of “Pandemonium” was completed. It was then I decided to enter her into quilt shows. To my amazement she won the first show I entered her in, and we went home with 4 ribbons. I then entered her into the State Fair of Texas and can home with 3 more ribbons including the Directors Award for best in show where there were 7800 other contestants showing their works of Art. After this show I named her “State Fair Pandemonium” and she proudly hangs in my home entry way. I consider it my greatest quilting accomplishment.

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