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KHQ Group Quilt: Friendship Sampler Quilt, 1982

Members of the Kingston Heirloom Quilters were invited to appliqué the block of their choice for inclusion in this outstanding "album" quilt. Each participant was provided with an ivory coloured background square along with a piece each of solid red and green fabrics to use with their own prints and plains. Every block has been discreetly signed by the person who made it. A red print, chosen for the sashing that separates the bocks, was also used for the "saw tooth" edging that encloses the handsome swag and tulip border. This quilt is finished with a corded edge, a technique favoured by the Kingston Heirloom Quilters for use on group quilts as well as those made by individual members.

The quilting designs appearing in the blocks were chosen to compliment each "picture". Triple vertical quilting lines used in the border, allowed the swag to compete with the weight in the body of the quilt.

The Friendship Sampler Quilt was displayed on the cover of "Canada Quilts Magazine", April 1994. It has been featured in at least three issues of "Lady's Circle Patchwork Quilts Magazine", with several of the block patterns being included in the November 1988 and subsequent issues. It is also featured in the book "Classic Quilts" by Ruth McKendry.

Awards received at Kingston Exhibition 1982: (1) Best in Category (2) Mary Penny Award for Best of Show.

This quilt has been gifted to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, permanent collection, "Heritage Quilt Collection", Queen's University, Kingston , ON .

Reading from left to right, the blocks are:
Row 1: Bridal Wreath, Orange Peel, Ohio Rose, Presidents Wreath.
Row 2: Whig Rose, Lotus Flower, Seth Thomas Rose, Rose in a Pot.
Row 3: Old Fashioned Tulips, Hearts and Flowers, Oak Leaf, North Carolina Rose.
Row 4: Prairie Flower, Tulip and Rose, Lancaster Rose, American Beauty Rose.
Row 5: Wild Rose Wreath, Crossed Tulips, Old Fashioned Basket, Wreath of Roses.

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Last modified by dhh: January 20, 2006