What are you most proud of? That I took a risk in making a quilt that was probably a little above my skill level. (I didn't know anything about applique & was surprised that when I got to that step the pattern just told me to use my favorite applique technique ????) I learned a lot researching & doing the applique. I also tried two other things to make this quilt my own. I used decorative stitching (tiny flowers) from my machine stitch library to stitch around the flower petals. Variegated blue/green/lavender thread was a winner. Then I added machine embroidery as a quilting technique to add machine embroidered tulips in the center and around the sides. Using white thread for both the bobbin & top thread was a nice surprise. The whit on white top embroidery added dimension without taking away from the flowers. The white on the back made a nice contrast to the bright blue/green/lavender background & added another coordinating element to the quilt top. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Feel free to experiment. When selecting the white background fabrics, don't worry about how many different muted white patterns you select. I think that the pattern recommends a variety of 8 white/off white fabrics. I wouldn't worry about the number of different fabrics, just make them all the same color - white or beige, not a combination of both. I would use white or beige fabrics with small muted designs for the background squares, but for the setting triangles around the edge, I would use white/beige fabric with a medium sized & a little more pronounced pattern to set off the edges.
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