“Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. ”
― Washington Irving
My sister passed away a little over a year ago. She loved to do cross stitching and her favorite designers were from Blackbird Designs. This is a sample of her work completed the summer before she died.During one of the many medical procedures she endured during my visit, I escaped for a mental health break to a quilt shop and found the book “In the Meadow” by Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird designs for quilts! I bought it and took it home and we pored over the photos and designs. The book has wonderful photography in it. This is one of the “Sweet Memories” I have of our last little time together. I purchased a group of Civil War prints to interpret the pattern.
When I returned home, I started the quilt. Our local quilt guild has an annual quilt challenge and show in December. As it happened, the challenge for last year was to use a fat quarter of a fabric that by itself was not very attractive.
It just happened however, that it blended very nicely with the fabrics that I had selected for my “Friends of a Feather” ! I worked on it for most of the year. When it was displayed at the December quilt challenge, I won the prize for the traditional category.
The finished size of the quilt is 78×78 inches. The designs are machine appliqued on to the squares using a small buttonhole stitch. The quilt is hand quilted using a 1″ cross hatching to emphasis the applique pattern.