Sweet Memories

“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.crossstitchDuring 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.

challengefabricIt 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.

sweet memoriesThe 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.

detailI walk by the quilt and fond memories of my sister come to me!



Filed under applique, hand quilting, machine applique, quilting, quilts, quilts from purchased patterns

3 responses to “Sweet Memories

  1. KrisR

    That is a stunning quilt. Beautiful.

  2. Ann

    I have the Blackbird Designs book ‘Meadow’ and am making the Butterfly Quilt from it…very slowly, and I’m not even hand-sewing!
    Your quilt is beautiful. I am in awe of anyone who can hand stitch a quilt as I do not have the time or the patience.

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