The 'Wonderland Garden' quilt is finished. The quilt was a collaborative effort between myself (the design, the piecing, the back), my mom (the redwork), and Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works (the quilting.)
The quilt has 12 redwork flower blocks that are framed in rich red kona cotton. The redwork flowers are interspersed with improvisationally pieced house top blocks and off set with panels of red and white polka dots. The fabric in the house top blocks includes prints with reds, aqua blues and pinks. The borders are rich red kona cotton and the quilt is bound with the red and white polka dots. The back is primarily a rich aqua with a large log cabin block with a redwork flower center. The quilt has been expertly machine quilted by Jackie with an edge to edge design with creamy white thread. (Jackie, help me with the name of the quilting design.) The quilting pattern is called Lisa's lace. It has little flowers, leaves and swirly shapes. It's beautiful and perfect for the quilt. The quilting recedes in the redwork blocks, but shows beautifully to add interest to the wide borders. The quilt is queen sized. You can see the piecing and the fabrics close up in this post.
I have to say a big thank you to Jackie for helping me finish this quilt on time and for doing such a fabulous job with it.
Here is the fabric that is in the housetop blocks.
Here it is before it was quilted.
For those of you who are interested, this quilt is being donated to my mom's church for the annual quilt raffle. The raffle is the primary fundraiser for the United Methodist Women. The proceeds will support mission work of the Methodist church. The ladies of the church have given permission for me to open up the raffle to readers of my blog, so you could win this quilt. The church is in a small town in Kansas and there are probably more readers of this blog than people in the town, so you might have a pretty good chance. The donation requested for the raffle is $1.oo a chance or 6 chances for $5.00. I would say that's a quilty bargain!
So, here's how it works for you. Download this page of tickets. They are in a pdf file. Print out however many pages of tickets you would like to purchase. There are 6 tickets on each page. If you only want one chance, just cut off one and use that. If you buy one page that would be $5.00. Fill out your name and phone number (make sure you include the area code or country code if you're international). The ladies have to be able to contact you if (when) you win. Print legibly too. I'm a teacher and I'm pretty good at deciphering hand writing, but most of the ladies are pretty old so let's give them a break!
Mail your filled out tickets and your money to the address on the bottom of the page of tickets...NOT to my home address. I will deliver the tickets to the jar and the money to the ladies. Please, cash only. I don't want to mess with checks.
The drawing will be June 27th at Old Settler's Days in Oskaloosa. I'll let you know the winner on my blog as soon as I find out. You will need to have your filled out tickets and your money to me by JUNE 20th so I can get them to the ladies of the church to be included in the drawing. I won't be responsible for lost mail or tickets that arrive late. Be early, do it now and it won't be a problem.
I would love for the church to raise more money than they ever have before. This is a special quilt. I know I would like to have it back, but I'm not entering. It doesn't seem right. I've said goodbye and I'm good with it. In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that my mom is buying tickets and guilting my brothers into buying tickets too. Thanks in advance for supporting the church and good luck! If my mom doesn't win, I sure hope it will be one of you.
If you have any questions about the quilt or the raffle, feel free to drop me an email. If you'd like to post about it on your blog and send folks over...feel free. Thanks everyone and good luck!
***International folks...maybe I didn't think this through well enough for you...any suggestions would be welcome. How can I make this work for you? HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS:
1. have a friend in the states sponsor you and then set up a swap with them.
2. use my paypal account for your donation. contact me by email and we'll work this out.
3. I can fill out tickets for you here if that's easier for you. when your money arrives through paypal, i'll do the tickets here. we may want to put email addresses for the contact info...that would be cheaper for the ladies.
SPRING TO FINISH participants. We're coming to the end...here's what you need to do. Midnight April 30th is the deadline. Whatever you have finished by that time counts. So count up your finishes and come back and comment on FRIDAY's post...tell me how many finishes you've had since the challenge started. Your number of finishes is your number of entries. I'll close the comments Sunday morning and start counting. The winner will be announced Monday. I'm hoping for one more finish. How about you?