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KHQ Group Quilt: The Promise of Spring
85" x 85"

The quilt evolved from Sally Hutson's workshop/lesson on needle-turned applique of a heart, emphasizing the tricks and ease of this applique method. The small heart blocks were then used in a baby quilt which was subsequently donated to Kingston General Hospital.

With the needle turned applique method in mind and with inspiration from Nancy Ann Sobel's quilt "A Midwinter Night's Dream", Sally Hutson designed this snowflake quilt. Mary Ann McAndrews helped Sally choose fabric from Abbey Dawn Quilts. A small cartoon or paste-up was made using the above fabrics. Then kits were made so members of the Kingston Heirloom Quilters could begin appliqueing the large snowflake blocks, gradually moving to the medium size and half blocks.

Once all the blocks were completed and the quilt partially assembled, it was mounted on a wall for further group decisions in order to complete the quilt. A narrow floral strip was added which set off the snowflake blocks.

The then plain borders needed help so Sally held a workshop on ruched flowers for the Kingston Heirloom Quilters. Thus two floral corners were incorporated into the quilt. These borders were not attached to the main quilt until these ruched and appliqued floral borders were completed. Once attached to the body of the quilt, the next step was marking of the quilting lines.

With the help of Bea Walroth's feather design templates, and much consultation with Marg Henshaw, the quilt marking began over a three to four day period. The batting and backing were then purchased and sandwiching the quilt began in easnest. Once a basted grid was on the quilt it was then moved to the quilt frame.

For more detailed pictures, click on quilt.

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Last modified by dhh: November 3, 2005