A Modern Welcome
BOM begins this month.
All you need to join in the fun is:
1/2metre of solid background
1 Charm Pack
Steam a Seam or other heat bonding light weight interfacing
4 thread weights of Aurifil Cotton Mako’
What makes this little beauty modern? The best definition I have come across is from Modern Designs for Classic Quilts by Kelly Biscopink and Andrea Johnson.
“Traditional implies: Symmetrical settings and block arrangements; one fabric backings; mostly neutrals used for backgrounds; tan, black and small prints used more than white, gray and solids; quilting generally employed in a graphic design, like a feather or Baptist fan; elaborate piecing-focus on block design, not fabric design.
Modern means: Infrequent use of borders; unusual settings and block arrangements, sometimes asymmetrical; multiple-fabric pieced backings; frequent use of white and gray for backgrounds; dense quilting, like a tight stipple or a pebble; simple piecing with a focus on fabric, not block design”
EVERY BIT OF YOUR FABRIC WILL BE USED. CUT CAREFULLY AND DON’T DISCARD ANYTHING. THE FABRIC REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE THE BACKING AND BINDING
We will begin with the featured appliqué block. I have used the pineapple for my welcome motif. My Southern Hemisphere colleagues were unaware of the significance of the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality. I shared some history with them about the American colonial southern hostess, courtesy of Hoag Levins’ research;
“A hostess’s ability to have a pineapple for an important dining event said as much about her rank as it did about her resourcefulness, given that the street trade in available fresh pineapples could be as brisk as it was bitchy. So sought after were the prickly fruits that colonial confectioners sometimes rented them to households by the day. Later, the same fruit was sold to other, more affluent clients who actually ate it. As you might imagine, hostesses would have gone to great lengths to conceal the fact that the pineapple that was the visual apogee of their table display and a central topic of their guests’ conversation was only rented. Visitors confronted with pineapple-topped food displays felt particularly honored by a hostess who obviously spared no expense to ensure her guests’ dining pleasure.”
A variety of alternate appliqué ideas, and the detailed block instructions, will be available as PDF downloads each month as we make the wall hanging.
Collect the Applique Design this month and start stitching.
(You do not need to register or “sign in” to access the patterns using this link. Once the page opens, simply use the “More Options” arrow, to the right of each file, to preview or download that file)
There will be several chances to win some wonderful raffle prizes just by sending us photos of your WIP (Work in Progress) after Month 5 and again with photos of your finished top after Month 10!
Let the fun begin!