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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Answering Questions

I've been asked about the pattern for the Amish Dahlia quilt. It is also known as Missouri Daisy. These are the cardboard templates my Grandmother used when she cut the pieces for this quilt (the end of the larger piece is broken off). Some time after I finished piecing these blocks I found the pattern printed on an old plastic bag that had held Fairfield batting. Grandma had stored other pieces in the bag and I'd never noticed before what the free pattern was.

The rest of the story about this quilt is still to come, but I needed to say that much to answer the inquiry about how the block is made.


This is a close up showing part of a block prior to the background pieces being set it. I pieced it by hand, appliqueing the center circles after the petals were gathered. I set the background pieces in by machine.



I made this wallhanging from one of the extra blocks last year. It may show better how the petals are gathered around the center circle and produce the 3-D element. (click to enlarge)




When I first received these pieces and researching the block name I found and purchased this book. The templates provided are the same size except the center circle is much bigger than in Grandma's version. I personally like the smaller circle better.


There are many Amish Dahlia quilts sold at Amish Country Lanes.


Here is another example, this time being called Missouri Daisy or Dahlia





We took the top back over to the church this morning and used several tables to lay it out and trim it.


My helper......................



I haven't re-measured, but I think it's about 100" square




Lots of day lilies blooming right now in our yard...













Now on to binding.




12 comments:

Barb said...

Mary, if there are time I don't comment, it is not because I don't want to....my computer freezes...I am on the one in the living room right now and I can barely type on it. I did a quilt like the one you have but I thought it was called the Kansas City Star....but it was fun but it was not nearly as wonderful as yours. Truly amazing.

Sherry said...

Maru if I'm reading correct the book Dahlia Quilts has this same pattern in it. I'm going to see if I can get it. I love the quilt but I really love the wall hanging. Great job. Can you tell your husband I need help and if hes willing to come to Canada he more then welcome. its great to see your husband helping you. Does he have a brother.LOL

Stitch-n-quilt said...

Thank you so much. Showing your wall hanging is inspiring me to do one and see how it comes together for me. It is very beautiful.

Donna said...

I really like the wall hanging, Mary. The day lilies are lovely. We have some blooming also.

Crispy said...

This block is so pretty, I just love the 3D effect. I'm loving your story so far....

Crispy

Sunna Reyr said...

I had not realized there was this big story about that quilt, am excited to read the rest. And I think the quilt it self is so beautiful.

Teaquilts said...

Great job Mary - its wonderful seeing all the different techniques you use form quilt to quilt. Keep up with the virtual quilt show! :0) I'm loving it.

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BoiseNoise said...

I have the 1932 Kansas City Star pattern version (listed as "Golden Glow," and credited to Eveline Foland), but I like your grandmother's version with the smaller center better, too! Any idea where I could find that pattern variation? I might try adjusting the one I have, but . . . not sure I can get it just right!

Mary L. said...

Just make a smaller circle and you should be fine. Let me know how it goes

Anonymous said...

I have searched and searched for this pattern and can not find it anywhere, where can I get this, anywhere online?

Mary L. said...

I have not seen this offered anywhere unfortunately. I had my grandmother's pieces that she cut out using cardboard templates. Hope you eventually find it.