More than 150 years ago, an anonymous quiltmaker somewhere in the vicinity of Albany, New York, designed and appliqued what is now regarded as one of the masterpieces of American Folk Art. Using paper ephemera, this master quilter created appliqué templates to fill her fabric canvas to the very edges with a bounty of delightful images. This quilt top, called the Bird of Paradise, can now be seen in the American Folk Art Museum in New York.
Nancy hand appliqued this amazing version of the Bird of Paradise quilt. Seriously, I've machine quilted some pretty amazing quilts, but I think this one takes the cake. I wish that this picture did the quilt any justice. This thing is amazing. The pieces are so tiny and the detail is amazing!
When deciding how to machine quilt this quilt I had several ideas but in the end chose to machine quilt a microstipple background filler. I quilt it super tiny and outlined all of the applique pieces, I just wanted the applique to sing!
Because the quilt is so awesome I had to take a million pictures so I never forget this quilt.
Thank you for letting me machine quilt this amazing quilt Nancy! It was truly an honor to machine quilt such an amazing quilt.