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KHQ Group Quilt: Autumn Splendour, 2008
88" x 110"

In the fall of 2005, the Kingston Heirloom Quilters began making this quilt, found on the cover of the “American Quilter 2004 Ultimate Projects Magazine, Vol XX, No. 4”, designed by Carolyn Abbott from Brainerd, Minnesota. It was chosen as it provided our Group with something for everyone: piecing and appliqué. But we changed the pattern in several ways.

Donna Hamilton used flowers and birds from several sources to redesign all but two of the original blocks (3 and 9 o'clock) in the centre. Bea Walroth designed the butterflies. The “new flowers” were repeated in the outer vine. Note the Ontario trilliums in the four corners and scattered throughout the vines.

Members hand appliquéd the centre blocks at home. During our working meetings, many members agonized over the colour choice of the diamonds (we used different colours from the pattern) and eventually hand pieced the star. Members also helped choose the quilting patterns; none were included with the pattern.

We began hand quilting in September 2007, finishing 610 hours later in February 2008. Note the piped binding, another Kingston Heirloom Quilter addition, to make this quilt ours.

This quilt, a labour of love, is entirely made by hand:
hand pieced, hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

"Autumn Splendour" has proudly won the following ribbons:

American Quilter's Society (AQS)
International Quilting Competition
Paducah, Kentucky
Quilt Show & Contest April 21-24, 2010

Selected as a semifinalist

Canadian Quilter's Association
National Juried Show 2009 (May)

Excellence for Traditional Wallquilt - 1st place ($1000 prize)

Quilts Kingston 2008 (May)

  • Best Use of Colour
  • Quilts in Bloom - 1st Prize Bed Quilt
  • Viewer's Choice: Best in Show
  • Best in Show

Prince Edward County Quilter's Show,
A Stitch in Time 2008,
Juried Competition

  • Best in Level 2 Category
  • Judged: Best in Show
  • Viewer's Choice: Best in Show

For more detailed pictures, click on the quilt. Watch for celebrating Kingston Heirloom Quilters at the bottom of the pictures.

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Last modified by dhh: April 5, 2010