Mums for Melissa – Our Chrysanthemum quilt pattern is HERE!

As many of our followers know, this pattern has been a long time coming.  I first made this quilt for a friend’s 40th Birthday, in April 2010.  I chose this block because the Chrysanthemum is a symbol of love and friendship.  Then it was featured again on my blog and in Quilty Magazine, Jan/Feb 2013 issue:

Quilty Magazine Meet a Modern Quilter Doris Chrysanthemum Quilt

Well the wait is over, we have it ready!  It is hot off the presses and available in the shop!

Mums For Melissa Chrystanthemum Quilt Front CoverFINAL copy

I wanted to make this a pattern back in 2010, when I made this first version… which is based on the Chrysanthemum block, first published via mail-order in the 1930s:

chrysanthemum quilt

But the on-point strips in the block held me up.  I couldn’t come up with a non-paper-pieced way of showing how to easily construct the block.  Eventually it was moved to the back burner, where it stayed until earlier this year.  After a LOT of requests for the pattern following the release of the Quilty feature, Trina and I decided to revisit it.  We were playing around in my studio one Saturday and Trina kept fussing with the Chrysanthemum block while I was chain piecing, and all the sudden a light bulb struck — we had it!  Perseverance paid off!

Mums for Melissa Chrysanthemum Quilt on Lake Superior

chrysanthemum quilt detail Mums for Melissa

After we had it made, and the instructions close to complete, we had to name it.  All of our patterns to date have retained part of the traditional block’s name in the pattern name.  We just couldn’t commit to the name Chrysanthemum, because it’s tough word that is for some people a tongue twister.

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Quilting Detail Modern Quilting

The friend I first made it for, Tonya, seemed natural to use, but it didn’t quite fit with the name variations we tried out.  In 2010, the same year I made this quilt for Tonya, Trina lost one of her dear sisters, Melissa. When one of us suggested Mums for Melissa, we knew immediately we had the name!

Melissa died far too young; her memory lives on with her family, especially among her tight-knit sisters.  She will always be loved and missed by her family; and this quilt is dedicated to her memory.

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Modern Quilt

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11 thoughts on “Mums for Melissa – Our Chrysanthemum quilt pattern is HERE!

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  2. Oh, you crafty ladies, you. What a beautiful tribute to Melissa! I’ve got to have that pattern. I secretly adore the sophistication of the ‘black’ version, also.

  3. So glad to have my pattern coming to my email….soon since I just purchased the pdf through Paypal…. and was even more excited about this patter when I took a moment to read all through the post. Makes me happy to be able to make a quilt, say the name and tell the story behind it! Ah-Mah-Zing job ladies!!!

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