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KHQ Group Quilt: Buds and Blossoms, 1986
84" x 98"

By September 1984, we'd begun to organize a quilt show in earnest. Fulfilling our fantasies would be a costly venture, so we had another crack at making a raffle quilt. "An Apple Quilt", we said, "Quick and easy!" Members were asked to bring in three small scraps of fabric in coordinating colours, two prints and one plain. "Nice rich colours," Margaret admonished, sealing its fate. These were mixed together, then re-matched to achieve the most pleasing effect.

We knew early on that we wouldn't be able to raffle this one either. As the blocks came in we saw the quilt's potential and decided to give it the full treatment. We added a meander border with nice plump apple blossom buds in the corners.

For our quilting design we traced the Mountain Mist appliqué pattern of "Apple Blossoms", interspersed on a field of crosshatch to reinforce the theme. "Bud's and Blossoms" went on the frame in the fall of '85 and was quilted in just six weeks.

After testing several possibilities for our traditional corded edge, we found the ivory background fabric to be most effective, seeming to enrich the whole quilt.

Buds and Blossoms received the second place award in the "Special Category" for quilts at the Kingston Exhibition, 1986. It was features in the November 1988 issue of Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts magazine. It has been shown at Kingston Heirloom Quilters' Festival of Quilts.

Buds and Blossoms was sold within our membership.

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Last modified by dhh: August 14, 2006