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Friday Photo(s): A Fresh, Award-winning Take on Free-Form Flowers

Recently I had the opportunity to visit my old stomping grounds–the mountains of Western North Carolina–and lo and behold, my stay coincided with the Asheville Quilt Guild’s annual show! How lucky was that? This year’s theme was Color Your Life…With Quilts, and true to its title, the show boasted over  250 fabulous, color-drenched quilts, ranging from teensy to king-sized, from the most traditional to the cutting edge.

As I wove my way through the colorful maze, a particular quilt came into view, stopping me in my tracks.

Posies, made by Theresa Curd of West Jefferson, NC.

Posies, made by my friend, Theresa Curd (with whom I was attending the show), stood out for its joyful palette and whimsical style. (Apparently it caught the eye of the judges, too, who awarded it a coveted Merit Quilt designation.) But color and design were only part of the story for me. As Theresa pointed out with a smile, she had created the playful “posies” using the free-form flower technique I wrote about in my July 1, 2011 post!

Final steps in making a free-form flower, from my 7/1/11 post

I love how Theresa expanded on my basic idea by framing up the oddly shaped flowers and planting them in wonky pots.

Posies (detail), quilt made by Theresa Curd.

It’s always rewarding–and inspiring–to see a talented quilter pick up on the seed of an idea and adapt it to create an original work that reflects her personal style. I hope you’ve been finding–and continue to find–inspiration in our See How We Sew posts, and will consider sharing stories and/or photos of your SHWS-inspired quilts and projects with us. We’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment below or send us your photos via

Many thanks to Theresa Curd and to the folks at the Asheville Quilt Guild for their assistance with this post.’Til next time, happy stitching!

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