Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Charity Quilt for Lewis Ginter

My version of the City Play pattern by Cherry House Quilts
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Cherri House, from Cherry House Quilts, lecture to the Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild (I miss the Guild!).  Cherri showed us some of her gorgeous quilts and I totally fell in love with "City Play."  I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to give it a try, and I recently had the opportunity to do it!
This is the original quilt that Cherri showed us at the Philly Modern Quilt Guild Lecture in 2011
Each Fall, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a fundraising gala, "Splendor Under Glass."  It is a fun black tie event held in our Conservatory.  The best part of the night for me is watching all of our garden friends enjoying the garden and I love to hear everyone's thoughts about the displays and collections.  This year, as an additional fundraising piece, there will be items for sale that are the keys to the garden's success, or "Garden Keys."  One of the Garden Keys will be my quilt!

I don't have a wide range of solids in my fabric stash, so Garden volunteer and avid quilter, Barb Sawyer, donated most of the material for the quilt.  Thank you Barb!

It was very fun to make and I have to admit, now that it is finished, I like it so much that a part of me doesn't want to give it away.  However, I hope that it successfully raises some money for the Garden and that whoever buys it enjoys it as much as I do!
I finished the top in time to bring it to Michigan on my summer vacation and use my Aunt Cindy's long arm quilting machine.
Long arm quilting machines are too much fun.  I need one of these!
The theme for Splendor Under Glass is a rising phoenix, so I use a quilting pattern that looked like flames.
The backing and binding material was a peach and orange print.

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