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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.

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Dec 05, 2011
Can I buy the pattern
by: Glennda

It's beautiful. Is there a pattern I can buy?y email is:

Please let me know

Jan 31, 2011
by: Sherry A. Byrd

Beautiful just doesn't say enough....WOW!!! does it better. I can't stop staring...

Jan 31, 2011
by: Anonymous

Your quilt is an indisputable testimony to perseverance, talent, and love. Your completed UFO is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! The fact that you finished it using a variety of patterns (some your own) and techniques speaks to your talent and design ability.

A work of art is not measured with rulers and metrics; rather, it is measured by the beauty it conveys to the viewer~~your quilt is a WORK OF ART!

Dec 14, 2010
by: Sherry A. Byrd

The Judges at the $l00,000 challenge may not have chosen this beauty...but it is not to be cast aside easily. I'M sure there was INNER STRUGGLE on the part of some Judges who could not deny its beauty...even if it may not be perfectly aligned. I have no problem loving this beauty...the design and colors truly captivate me.

Nov 17, 2010
by: gmajoolie

This really is a very beautiful quilt and such a labor of love! Stunning color combination and I love the wonderful floral vines - wow!

Jun 03, 2010
Sparling's a Stunner!
by: Anonymous

I can't imagine the work! This is absolutely stunning and so creative! Sometimes I think we get too caught up imperfection (techniques) and forget to consider the overall product...thank you for sharing...wish I had been a judge at that $100,00 competition!

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