In the weeks to come, we’ll be featuring an in-depth look at some Silent Auction items that will be available during the Spread the Joy Luncheon on Wednesday, October 18.
This week we’re featuring a glorious handmade quilt in the “Garden Rhapsody” design. This stunning quilt features Kaffe Fassett designer fabrics in a kaleidoscope of colors. It is washable cotton and measures 80″ X 90″ large enough to fit a Queen sized bed.
Although quilting may date back to ancient Egypt, quilting began in North America with the arrival of English and Dutch settlers. During the period from about 1750 to 1850, quilts were very utilitarian and made from existing textiles, such as clothing, bits of cloth, and blankets. In the mid 1800s, quilt patterns became less austere and became more of a folk art using sewing machines and finer fabrics.
The Garden Rhapsody Quilt was handmade and donated by a generous Power of Flowers volunteer. As a veteran quilter (quilting for 25 years), she has made many quilts for her family, friends, and favorite charities. She says:
“Quilt pattern is called “Color Wheel Quilt” designed by Patricia Knoechel. I named my version “Garden Rhapsody” because I used mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics….he uses very bright colors, very bold prints, very stylized flowers, very audacious designs–this pattern asked to be executed in his sensational fabrics…and I think it was done successfully. (His fabrics are unique and do not work with most ordinary quilt patterns.) It is a machine-pieced, machine-quilted queen size quilt. “
She’s made hundreds of quilts from miniatures to king-size, pieced to applique, and her focus is “always on how color/pattern/design come together.” She gives away a dozen or so “charity” quilts a year.
The quilt’s rich, colorful floral design is like looking through a wrought iron gate into a wonderful garden on a sunny afternoon. Perfect for any color scheme or décor. It’s another of our auction items that has to be seen to be truly appreciated. Drop by the Silent Auction table for a closer look.
See you on the 18th and Happy Bidding!