This is Charlene's Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt. I had never done one of these before, and I must confess to be very nervous about doing it. Charlene is always very trusting about what I do to her quilts. For this one, she said "do something to keep the feel of the time period of the pattern and fabrics", or something to that effect. Of course, my first thought was feathers.... I love doing feathers, and they seem to fit in most quilts, and most time periods.
I had just received a new ruler in the weeks before doing this, for doing gently curved arcs on the long arm, and I thought this would be a good time to try it out. It's actually a curved cross hatching ruler, but I didn't think curved cross hatching would fit here, but piano key quilting would. And then feathers got added to the border, using the curve as their spine. Feathers in the flowers seemed a good idea, but what to do with the pathways....... continuous curves to tie it all together. I am so very happy with the way this turned out, after all the nervousness about starting it.