I've had my head down to sewing for most of the week and the 2011 Brownstone Raffle Quilt, "Friendship Garden" is finished! Yoooray! I took it to the 2 holiday parties yesterday to show the guild members who did such a great job on this project.
I'm so happy that the top is finished! It took a guild and 3 special friends, but it was completed in 2 1/2 months. One of our talented guild members will be doing the quilting on her new long arm and I'm really looking forward to seeing it finished.
This quilt was inspired by Florence Peto's "Calico Garden" quilt that is owned by the Shelburne Museum. It is rather small, only a crib size and was made in the 1950's.
Instead of nine-patches I decided to do the 16 patch to maintain scale with the larger applique' blocks. We added a vine border and then finished the quilt with the small squares on point.
Each year I like to plant some indoor bulbs. The amaryllis is a favorite. Some years it does better than others. This year I chose an orangy/red one. I only got 2 blooms instead of the three, but it was lovely in the sun yesterday.
I also like paper whites, or Narcissus. They have a wonderful, if not powerful scent. I plant mine in fish gravel in this tall vase so they don't fall over.
And finally, after the evening guild Holiday party, they sent me home with this lovely pointsettia from one of the tables. Thanks, ladies! I'm starting to get in the Christmas spirit, I made a few Santa kleenex covers this morning.
I can't wait to make a house block for Beth's drawing. You can find out about at her blog: Love Laugh Quilt. How fun!
Have a great weekend, and I hope you find some time to stitch.