by Vicky LaValley
(Great Falls, MT)
Sparling was named after my father, who's middle name was Sparling. I included his photo as a young boy on the quilt label on the back.
I began the quilt in 2005. I put it away for 3 years because I just didn't know how to finish it.
The butterfly part came from a pattern from Cheryl Phillips book "Quilts without Corners". I purchased the fabric from a Joanne's store in Phoenix, AZ. After I completed the circle part I couldn't get it to hang up properly so I stuck it away in my UFO's.
After about 3 years I was without a project to start so I dug it out and then it grew and grew to 84x84. I used folded fabric from the book "Fabled Flowers" by Kumiko Sudo, for the flowers. The rest was hand appliqued. I had it commercially quilted by Gloria Badget of Power, Montana.
I entered the quilt in the Great Falls, Montana quilt guild show and won 1st place. I also entered it in the local fair and won first place and Judge's Choice. I then got really brave and sent a picture to the $100,000 challenge and just my luck they asked me to send it to them for a closer look, But, they quickly sent it back. You see, I am not good at math so everything didn't exactly line up or come out even, but it has given me much pleasure and it has given others pleasure just looking at it and that is good enough for me.