Okay, the sappy part is over. Here's my entry for this year!
One of my favorite parts of being a quilt designer is being able to play God and create flowers which will never die, because in real life I am a nightmare when it comes to keeping them alive. For no flower is this more true than the seasonal poinsettia. I have many memories of pots of poinsettias, lush and dewy, gracing the mantle of my mother's living room and the sideboard of the dining room throughout the Christmas season and into Lent most years, finally to be thrown into the woods by Good Friday.
Sadly, I did not inherit the poinsettia nurturing gene. When I buy a poinsettia, it is lucky to make it one week in my home before it starts to wither, drop leaves and petals, and start whimpering "Help...help...get me out of this house of torture and let me warn all my friends to hide when they see a redheaded lady in a Rendezvous pull up to the garden center."
My only hope was to create some out of fabric, and several years ago I did just that. Behold my "Winter Whites" wall hanging pattern by EvaPaige Quilt Designs, designed for the black thumb quilters we all know and love.
In this design, I used one of my favorite modified stack and slash piecing techniques with several fabrics of similar tone and value in a rich maroon for the background, then added white and cream petals via machine applique. My petal templates are big and loopy and easy for beginners while still looking enough like a real poinsettia petal to keep the garden club satisfied. For this particular sample, I machine appliqued using gold metallic thread, probably swore up a storm while doing so because metallic thread hates me although it was years ago so I can't be exactly sure, and beaded the centers with pink beads as shown in the next photo.
Three guesses as to what I used to attach the beads. If you don't know, welcome to my blog! You are clearly a new reader and I am delighted to have you! (It's Jewel-It, of which I am an obnoxious supporter.)
This fall I was introduced to the joys of making this quilt in silks when a silk vendor at my guild's show asked if I might make them a sample for their vending purposes. They picked out the silks they wanted me to use, and I will admit I was a little skeptical at first when I saw how different it was going to look from the original since the tones and values were much more disparate. However, in the end, it's different - in a harlequin-esque kind of way - but really quite gorgeous in it's own way.
This is one of my favorite patterns, and I would love to give one to a lucky commenter below. I'd also love to have you vote for "Winter Whites" if you love it like I do in SewCalGal's Viewers Choice contest this weekend.
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