WIP—Another Artichoke Quilt

After making my original artichoke quilt (pattern available here!), some friends of mine told me I should make a larger version for show, so that’s what I’ve been working on for some time now. I actually got the top done back in the spring, then it sat around for a while waiting for batting and backing. But with my local guild show coming up in the spring, I figured it was time to put it all together.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer

I’m calling it “The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes,” as a little homage to Salvador Dalí, one of my favorite artists. I didn’t quite manage to get it picture-ready in time for the QuiltCon deadline, but I did squeak in under the wire for the AQS Paducah show, so keep your fingers crossed for me! (The joy of show quilt entry photos: I did the world’s worst job of machine binding it; now I get to rip it out and redo it by hand. I might rip out and redo a small section of quilting, as well.)

Here are a couple of closeups (conveniently not featuring the binding…). I tried to continue the disintegration theme into the quilting.

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer, detail

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer, detail

And yes, all of this quilting was done on my domestic machine, a Bernina 430!

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer, detail

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer, detail

(I promise, that white’s all the same color. Color balance was killing me!)

Linking up with Freshly Pieced‘s WIP Wednesday today!

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18 Responses to WIP—Another Artichoke Quilt

  1. Fantastic! I love your pattern. Good luck in the show 🙂

  2. Laurel Rudolph says:

    That quilt definitely has the WOW factor. Sorry the Quiltcon deadline passed but go Paducah!

  3. Kat says:

    Love this! Awesome piecing design and the quilting is perfect for it!

  4. Marybeth Tawfik says:


  5. Renee says:

    wow what a cool quilt! Love the colors, layout and quilting. Good luck getting in the show!

  6. Deana says:

    I am in love with this wonderful little quilt and the quilting on it.

  7. Kate says:

    I love the piecing on this, those artichokes are amazing! I also like the name 🙂 Good luck with the show!

  8. Karin says:

    Congratulations on a great job and good luck for a ribbon in Paducah!

  9. Ruth says:

    Love the colours and how the shapes breaking apart!

  10. Mareenchen says:

    Wow. This is such a wonderful quilt. Great colour selection and the quilting is gorgeous. Good luck with the shows!

  11. Frances says:

    I thought that it was great before quilting, but it is magnificent now!!!!

  12. Jill says:

    Amazing! Talent beyond compare… On your bernina?! Wow!

  13. Judith Johnson says:

    simple is often best, you did an amazing job. I know that word is overused, but in this case, applicable.

  14. Carla says:

    I gotta say, this is pretty fantastic!!! Well done

  15. Nicole says:

    That’s a lovely quilt and I hope it gets in. Since my quilts are usually “just in the nick of time” to get photos done to submit for show I will share my magic binding trick.

    Attach the binding to your quilt, then GLUE it to the back. Washable elmer’s glue is fabulous. Give it a little iron to heat set the glue. And then it’s basted for when you get around to hand or machine sewing it down! The glue comes out in the wash but if you don’t wash your quilt that’s okay too because you don’t use enough glue to make it stiff and crunchy.

  16. DiAnna M says:

    THis is beautiful….I hope you win and have the pattern out…would love to try it out.

  17. Karen Larsen says:

    I saw your quilt in Santa Clara at the PIQF. It is simply STUNNING! are you going to develop a pattern for this one, too? it’s one of my favorite quilts EVER!

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