This is the focus fabric for the Hoffman Challenge 2010. As soon as I saw it I LOVED it, which is rare for challenge fabric. They tend to pick something that's a little off-beat, quirky colours, stuff that is hard to work with. These are colours I have all over my house so I had no problem at all using it.
Here's the design I came up with. I used the focus fabric, plus various prints in chartreuse, yellow, teal, turquoise and other blues. I made a heart template for the large flowers and cut out four identical hearts from the focus print, put them together to create each flower. There are no two alike. All of the half-flowers and buds are different too. The hummingbird has some focus fabric on its belly. I used the challenge thread (sulky) for the quilting and to embroider the detail on the bird, butterflies and the little curlicues on the vines. The quilt is named "Of a Feather" because there are feathers appliqued around the center medallion, feathers in the bird, and feathers in the quilting among the cross-hatch grid.
Here are close-ups of the four corners of the quilt, showing the detail in the hummingbird and the quilting.
This is the back of the quilt, I love looking at them once they're all quilted and seeing the detail it shows.