AQS Show: Mums for Melissa

It’s here! AQS Week in Des Moines, this will be the American Quilter’s Society’s largest (to date) quilt show–and Des Moines, and the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild have the honor of playing host!

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We are excited–because our new pattern, Mums for Melissa is being featured in a demo in Booths 1003-1005 by Denise of the Iowa Falls Sewing Machine Co.–you can visit their booth to purchase our pattern.

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Denise paid us the best compliment, she called to order more patterns and asked, “Why didn’t you tell me how awesome this pattern is?” Seriously, does it get any better than that?! She told us she thought it was a snowflake quilt waiting to happen (We Know!) and/or a sunflower quilt waiting to happen (Great idea, Denise!) — so many ideas, so little time.  So stop by and see Denise at booth 1003-1005! Tell her Trina & Doris said hello!

Chrysanthemum Mums for Melissa Modern Quilt

Living History Farms, a living history museum complex in Urbandale (a Des Moines suburb) will be hosting a vintage quilt show, also October 2-6.  It’s always worth a visit!

Also, on Wednesday, a new exhibit opens at the State Historical CenterThe Sum of Many Parts: 25 Quiltmakers in 21st Century America. It will hang until January 31st. This exhibit is traveling from China, but consists of contemporary American Quilts.  Des Moines is the only U.S. city that will host the full exhibit.  I’ll be finding time next week to pay a visit to that one, I think…

Des Moines is a great City in which to be a quilter!  We also happen to be home to Meredith Corporation, publishers of American Patchwork & Quilting, and all of the Better Homes & Gardens Special Interest Publications.  Just outside of Des Moines, in Winterset is the home of the Fons & Porter Love of Quilting publications.  We are also home base for a major publisher of quilting books, Landauer Publishing.  We have more than one active & thriving quilt guild, a Modern Quilt Guild chapter, numerous quilt retreat opportunities, a handful of great local quilt, fabric & yarn shops, and really friendly people! Like we said, Des Moines is a great place to be a quilter.

Are you planning to be in Des Moines this week?

 

Happy Quilting,

Trina & Doris

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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:

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

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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:

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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

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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.

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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