I learned how to make this quilt from reading Ricky Tims' "Rhapsody Quilts." I learned new techniques and feel that I am a better quilt maker for the experience. It has certainly opened up new avenues for designing quilts because I now know how I can sew ideas that once would have seemed impossible. I used to look at quilts with strange seams and appliqué and wonder how on earth they were made.
TIP: Challenge yourself. You'll be surprised what you can do.
I made the label from a photo of the quilt (address removed):
This quilt was the first one I ever entered into a show. It didn't win anything and I will tell you why in another post, but it did get juried in. That is a major first step toward winning something.
TIP: Don't be afraid to enter a show. The only thing you can lose is the entry fee, and if you are not juried in take some classes, make some more quilts and improve the quality of your sewing. Practice. When you are juried in, it is exciting to see your quilt hanging in the show, and the judges' comments are invaluable. My competence and confidence were both given a boost when I began to show my quilts.
Today you see the finished product, but I still plan to write a post on sewing the appliqué and another on blocking quilts because those topics are both relevant to this quilt.