What can I say about Garden Sunrise? This is one WILD piece ... certainly the most wild piece that I had done up to that time. This was done fairly early on in my quilting experience, back in August of '05, and was from a kit that I purchased at a large quilt expo. The kit came from the QuiltTrends booth, they have a shop in Columbus, Ohio, that I would later visit and eventually purchase my HQ-16 from. They like modern quilt concepts there at that store - and this kit is no exception. I was just learning to do freemotion meandering patterns, and I decided to use a variegated thread and make some swirling motifs in the quilting designs. I was pretty uncomfortable with the use of the variegated thread at that time - afraid that it might show up too much. Of course now I look at it and give myself a pat on the back for having the guts to use it when I was such a novice at machine quilting.
You'll see that my motion was a little herky-jerky in some places. But I give myself a lot of credit for pushing forward and trying something new at that point. The stitching was done on my Bernina Aurora 440, before I got my HQ-16.