By Diane Harris
As seen in the July/August 2018 issue,
HQ National Educator Kelly Ashton bought her first Dream Big 43″ square panel not knowing what she would do with it. “The panels are just so beautiful—I needed to have one,” she says, “but I had no ideas for how to quilt it.” She hung the pastel-hued Dream Big panel, designed by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero for Hoffman Fabrics, in her studio to let quilting ideas percolate. Little did she imagine the trend she was launching. Kelly and others have used the digitally-printed flower panels as starting points for fascinating quilts.
One of the Handi Quilter Educators decided to accomplish this quilting challenge using a photo of her own that had been enlarged and printed on fabric. Megan Best, a Handi Quilter national educator in Ferndale, Washington, took numerous flower photos on a visit to Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C., Canada. She uploaded and edited one of her favorites on Spoonflower, an on-demand digital printing service, and ordered a fabric panel. Then she custom quilted Digital Dahlia, finishing with softly-rounded corners and a faced edge. There is truly no limit to where machine quilters can take this idea!