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KHQ Group Quilt: Autumn Bouquet, 1989
In the spring of '87, while looking around for a pattern that would utilize some remnants from previous quilts, the Old Fashioned Nosegay, a.k.a. Cornucopia, caught our eye. A handsome print was found to coordinate with the ivory, blue, and rust leftover from our Tea Leaf Variation quilt. A member donated a length of coral batique that brought this set to life. Finding suitable fabric for the cone that contains the bouquet, proved to be much more difficult. Finally, Margaret Rhodes burrowed into her cupboard and found a rust check that was exactly right. But was there enough to do the job? With very careful cutting, we were barely able to eke out the required thirty pieces.
The convergence of seven seams at one point in the pattern, offered a bit of a challenge, but our skilled hand piecers were up to it. Most of the work was done during our regular meeting days at Calvin Park Library, but through special circumstance, a relatively new member was offered a block to work on at home. It was never returned and with nary a scrap of cone fabric left, it was irreplaceable.
Finding a way over just such an obstacle is how great quilts are born! It was this dilemma that brought about the creation of its spectacular border. The blocks were set "on point" with a double band of blue ribbon work providing some breathing space between the body of the work and the border. This blue was repeated in the traditional corded edge.
Autumn Bouquet was finished in the spring of 1989, and shipped off that summer to the C.N.E. where it placed first in its category. It was featured at Kingston Heirloom Quilters' Festival of Quilts II, in 1990.
This quilt was raffled in 1991 with the proceeds going to Hospice Kingston. Ruth Crafts of Hospice was present at our Annual Meeting to draw the winning ticket, which was won by one of our members.
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Last modified by dhh: January 20, 2006