Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Poppy quilt is finished

So last fall one day, I got an email from Pam Bono, a well-known U.S. quilter, asking if she could donate a poppy pattern to Quilts of Valour to use.  Of course we were pleased to get the pattern and decided to use it in our legion halls across Canada to honour our veterans. It's called Poppy Remembrance and can be found on her website.

My grandfather is a veteran, he lives in Ottawa, so I asked him what his legion would think of having a quilt to hang in their hall.  He spoke to their legion "boss" (I don't know what she's called) and she said she'd love to have one so I got busy making the quilt.  I had it all pieced by mid-January but with the Cayman Island quilts to get finished it had to go on the back burner until those were done (customer quilts always come first!).  Once I got them in the mail I got busy quilting this one and put the finishing touches on it on Friday.  Yesterday it was mailed off to Ottawa to my grandfather.  I took a couple of pictures of it before I popped it in the mail, I've asked him to get some of it once it's received and hung up.  I don't have a lot of space for photographing large quilts, as you can see in the picture ... the couch and table are kind of in the way, but you get the idea. 

I used red quilting thread inside the poppies, green in the leaves and around the stems, then I quilted red maple leaves into the background.

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