Carol Hart sent pictures of her quilt and this story:
This is my quilt which I have worked diligently on for the last 2 years. I was given 114 Grandmother Flower Garden blocks that were made during the depression (1930’s) by a friend of ours grandmother. I wanted to finish them off in the style that was popular back then. Vines in the border, and yo-yo flowers (the round groups of 3) were common then. It is all hand done, measuring 92″ wide, 97″ length. The lady who made the vintage blocks, Beatrice was called Bea, so I used a bee theme to honor her, plus I needed to fill more border space to make it fit a queen bed. The man standing with me is our friend that gave me the blocks.
This was quilt show weekend. I entered my quilt to be judged, an option. Judging was done on Monday. The show was hung of Friday, I helped. The judge awarded me Best of Show and Best Handwork. Today turned out to be my lucky day, too. I was awarded Popular Choice, which is a vote taken by all those attending the show, I got that ribbon at the end of today. So, my quilt is back home. I’m thrilled. I’ll sleep well tonight.
Carol worked on her quilt in my Independent Study class at the Empty Spools Seminar. I’m going to add the very nice things she wrote about the class. If you are interested, I’m teaching this class again in March 2017 :-).
I want to thank you for your suggestions which added to the design of this quilt. You also gave me confidence to improvise, especially in the corners where I needed some encouragement. The yo-yo’s really added to the border. It was nice part of making this quilt to have the experience with you in your class. Many of your class presentations also added to my techniques now part of my routine. Thought you’d like to see the finished results.
Carol, I am very happy to see the finished quilt and I thank you for sharing the photos and your story. You do lovely work and the ribbons are well-earned. Congratulations!