The rest of the story about this quilt is still to come, but I needed to say that much to answer the inquiry about how the block is made.
This is a close up showing part of a block prior to the background pieces being set it. I pieced it by hand, appliqueing the center circles after the petals were gathered. I set the background pieces in by machine.
I made this wallhanging from one of the extra blocks last year. It may show better how the petals are gathered around the center circle and produce the 3-D element. (click to enlarge)
When I first received these pieces and researching the block name I found and purchased this book. The templates provided are the same size except the center circle is much bigger than in Grandma's version. I personally like the smaller circle better.
There are many Amish Dahlia quilts sold at Amish Country Lanes.
Here is another example, this time being called Missouri Daisy or Dahlia
We took the top back over to the church this morning and used several tables to lay it out and trim it.