Friday, July 12, 2013
A couple of weeks ago my friend and medical school classmate @organicgreendoc asked me to make a quilt for a silent auction. He has early Alzheimer’s.
The request included the following specifications: purple color and forget-me-knots as the official color and flower of the Alzheimer’s Association, lap-size. The auction is the first week of September so it’s needed by mid-August to have time to advertise it.
I fortunately had just finished a baby quilt (will show it next week) and was just beginning to work on a new one for a niece who is due in the fall. I put it aside, pulled out my quilt books looking for a pattern that would be interesting but piece quickly. I settled on a pattern called country lanes from my book Mountain Mist Quilt Favorites, page 121.
The next day I made a trip to a local fabric shop, purchased the fabric, washed/dried/ironed the fabric and then began cutting out the pieces. Over the last few weeks I have managed to piece it, marked, and quilted (as my right neck/trapezius would attest) quite a bit. I found two patterns for appliqued forget-me-knots. I will be adding them when all the quilting is done.
As with the block pattern, I tried to pick one that would be interesting but go quickly. The solid blocks have hearts and tulips. The pieced blocks are cross-hatched. In the language of flowers, both forget-me-knots and tulips convey love.