This quilt was entered for the UK 'Grand Slam' competition, organised by the National Patchwork Championships in 1998 and it was selected to be displayed as part of the full pack of cards in the UK and Europe. This was the first time that I staggered the squares to create the picture, allowing for easier construction and a gentler fall between the fabric squares.
Machine piecing, hand reverse appliqué and machine quilting
* I used a large patterned fashion fabric for the poppies and cut it into squares. The staggered lines meant that I had to re-style the flower heads to make them look correct. I tend not to use 'fussy cutting' as it is wasteful on fabric. The surrounding colours and textures are as important to a picture as the flowers themselves.