The pattern is called Mon Ami by Verna Mosquera but I named my quilt J'Aime Paris. Here is a close up of a couple of the blocks.
The border is quilted in a rose motif.
This is the other quilt I am entering at the Beach Cities Quilt show. It is called Riding Out the Storm.
I purchased this pattern during a trip to Maui in 2009. It was not easy shopping for fabric for the turtle. I think I used 7 or 8 different fabrics just for the turtle. Good thing Candy's in Chatsworth, CA has a HUGE batik collection. Even then, it took a while to find the right combination.
I finally completed this quilt in June of 2011. The turtle, coral and seaweeds are all hand appliqued.
When I was naming this quilt, I thought about how this turtle is surviving the storm at sea. The past few years, we have all been hit by the terrible economic downturn and a lot of people I know (me included) have really been impacted. I thought about how the storm will eventually pass and we all need to just hang in there and ride the waves for awhile. We are all stronger than we think and I take inspiration from this turtle who is continuing to paddle beneath the storm.
The Beach Cities Quilt Guild show will be on June 2nd (10-5) and 3rd (10-4) at the Soka University in Alsio Viejo CA. For more information, click on this link. Come down and see us. You will not be disappointed.