This quilt was supposed to be in the Iron Quilter Challenge by Missouri Star Quilt Company, but...well....LIFE is always there to change things up a bit. The Birdie motif is a varitation of one that I found at Ivory Spring blog. http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/200...uilting-motif/ and the pattern is basically my own. I took a couple of ideas from other quilts and made them my own. I have to say that I'm in love with this quilt. Its going in my Studio. I wanted a whole cloth trapanto look so I used 2 layers of batting and tons of micro stippling, and background fills. Karen Mctavish books (I own all but one) also inspired some of the quilting. Theres tons of first for me in this quilt. It was the first time I used double batting, first time hand applique, first time 3D flowers, first time micro stippling and maybe the last, first time curved cross hatching, first time picking out stray thread in the quilt layers after quilting. You can see more detail pictures on my blog. Now I've got a question, How do you get out yellow chalk? yep in the border the chalk that I used for marking has taken a liking to the quilt also. I soaked it in color safe bleach with my hand for aggitation and still it remains....uggg...makes me so sad.