Erin says that this was her first applique project. It is 20 LARGE blocks, all turned-edge applique, in the most beautiful fabrics/colors. She's sent me a number of quilts in recent months, but I have secretly been waiting to quilt this one. I love it.
This quilt is 90"x108", so it's not a small quilt whatsoever. It took me quite a while to do -- something like 7-8 hours just to outline all the appliques with Madiera Monolon (clear thread). It's time-consuming, and many quilters skip this step, but I know that it yields a better looking product. All of the piecings of the quilt are much more crisp. I won't do a custom with only half of the stitching that the custom requires.
I cannot remember where she told me the pattern came from (who designed), but it is not one I have seen before. To keep the quilting consistent from block to block, I chose to only stitch on some of the applique elements. I did a ring of feathers on the pale yellow circle - on all pale yellow circles, all lighter green leaves, and then echo quilting in the lightest green. The echo quilting is stitched with Invisifil thread. I haven't quilted with this recently, but it is 100wt and super fine, and just disappears into the quilt.