74\" x 75\"  2011

For this quilt, I wanted to show that I could do precision piecing as well as machine embroidery, and I wanted to work on my quilted feathers.  Nine months in the making, the pattern was loosely based on a traditional Broken Star.  The size and spacing of the diamonds was determined entirely by the size and shape of my chosen embroidery designs.  The diamonds are pieced from Cherrywood hand-dyed, gradated fabrics.  The ivory background, and the backing, are Robert Kaufman Radiance silk/cotton fabric.  For me, the most fun part was engineering the piecing to fit the embroidery, and figuring out how to keep the grainline of all of the background pieces consistent, so the sheen of the fabric would be uninterrupted.  The free-standing lace triangles in the border are inset into a zigzag quilt edge - in other words, the lace triangles are see-through.  Some of the quilting was done with metallic thread in the bobbin, to make the back as interesting as the front.

All embroidery designs from Zundt Designs

This quilt was awarded the $5000 Pfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry at the 2011 Houston International Quilt Festival, and the $12,000 Bernina of America Award for Machine Workmanship at the 2012 Paducah American Quilter\'s Society show.  It is now in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.  It was also included in Lark Book's 500 Traditional Quilts.

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