Our Guild challenge this year was "How does your garden grow?" I had the border fabric for this quilt for a few years and just loved it. It reminds me of a corduroy dress I had in elementary school. My goal in the challenge was to use the hand dyed fabrics we had been making and the fabric was the perfect compliment to the hand-dyed pieces. I replicated the border fabric in the center using one full repeat of the pattern and enlarged it. I wonder-undered each flower on to the background, quilted it with black thread (I wish I had a picture of the back, but I am too lazy to go and take another picture, upload it, etc.) and then made three dimensional petals for all of the flowers and tacked them on to the quilt. The photos don't show the 3-d flowers too well but they add a nice texture to the quilt. I put crystals on it and it is now hanging in my daughter Jillian's room.
Summer has been great, the kids had a busy June and July but August has been laid back and we all need that. They start school on the 27th :) Kevin is on vacation this week and that is always nice.