Cattails and Chrysanthemums Quilted Wall Hanging

 This award-winning quilted wall hanging was at Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's 2017 show in Rolla.

This award-winning quilted wall hanging was at Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's 2017 show in Rolla.

Cattails and Mums Quilted Wall Hanging

Every once in awhile I run across a piece of quilt art that has me wondering how they did it and this quilted wall hanging is one of them. And it's not because of the name, although anything with cat in the title is bound to catch my attention, and cat tails is no exception since it reminds me of our cats throw with all of the cat tails. Cattails and Chrysanthemums Quilted Wall Hanging won first prize at Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild's 2017 Quilt Show in Rolla in 2017 and I can understand why.

If you look closely at the design, you will see the centerpiece is a different patchwork design than the rest of the pattern.

 Cattails and chrysanthemums are made out of individual hexagon patchwork pieces.

Cattails and chrysanthemums are made out of individual hexagon patchwork pieces.

I can understand why this is done by hand, it would take careful handiwork to be able to hand applique and hand piece the fabric onto the background to achieve this overall design.

 Look at the detail work in the orange vase that holds the cattails and chrysanthemums.

Look at the detail work in the orange vase that holds the cattails and chrysanthemums.

 Lovely recommendation for a technique and teacher of English paper piecing.

Lovely recommendation for a technique and teacher of English paper piecing.

The other lovely aspect of this quilted wall hanging is how the machine quilting adds to the overall texture of the piece.

Another reason why I sometimes I recommend to people who ask, don't start quilting by making a quilt, start with something smaller like a quilted wall hanging. You will finish them faster and be more encouraged to them tackle something larger, such as a bed-sized quilt. Besides, I think these kinds of quilt hangings make lovely wall art, don't you?

Charlotte