Friday, October 11, 2019

The Memory Bouquet Quilt and a Giveaway

I have two winners: Shoshana from Israel (my international visitor gets the digital copy) and Brenda A. from Florida (who gets the CD and the lovely block). Many thanks to all who commented! The Memory Bouquet quilt has been blushing from all the praise.

I fell in love with the Kansas City Quilt Patterns about 20 years ago and decided to draft as many of them as I could. I DID get permission from the Star do go about doing this, first in partnership with Quilt Pro (the quilt design software company) and then for me to independently publish various series.

The Star began offering a quilt block per week, beginning in 1928 and continued until 1961. There were well over 1,000! The various series are what I'd like to feature here, beginning with The Memory Bouquet.

Memory Bouquet: 63" x 63"
The blocks are 9" x 12". I still own this quilt and my dear quilt friends from Atlanta helped me sew the blocks. I compiled all the blocks and ALL the historic information as it appeared in the Kansas City Star in 1930 (it launched on October 13). These were designed by Eveline Foland.

Here is one of the blocks: Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley
Here are a few of the blocks as you will see them in the pattern:
12 of the 20 Memory Bouquet Blocks

Here is a single block that I found in my stash - Lily of the Valley, hand appliquéd! This is a giveaway if you stay with me a little longer. This block is about 12" square (unfinished). Would you like to win this? Along with a copy of the Memory Bouquet CD?

Lily of the Valley block
 And up close:
Lily of the Valley up close
My CD has been a good seller since 2003! It contains the back story from the Kansas City Star, 20 blocks in full size, printable form. I include some extra helps (how to work with freezer paper for appliqué). And, of course, the directions for making the quilt, along with the original appliquéd border. There's a lot packed into that CD which runs from any web browser, with printable PDF pages. You can print and mail in your order form from my website: Memory Bouquet CD.

You can also order the digital format from my Etsy shop in a 46 page continuous pdf!

Now, back to the giveaway. Leave me a comment about this post and I will select a winner who will receive a copy of the CD and this lovely little Lily of the Valley block. Contest is over Wednesday, October 16 at midnight. US addresses only for the CD and block.

International visitors are welcome to comment and you will win the digital version of the pattern! Make sure I have your email and tell me your country!

47 comments:

  1. What a beautiful quilt! I would love to win this CD. My mind is overflowing with ideas one can do with these blocks. One could change them from a**lique to embroidery. What flowers were in your wedding bouquet Debbie? You are so artistic and creative I'm sure you could write a significant book on these flowers. I'm interested in what research you did and how you made the decision of which blocks to choose. Were these the only a**lique flowers in their catalogue? I would think there would be more. By now you've gotten me very interested! 46 *ages is a lot to print, so the CD is a good solution. Kee us in touch if you start making another in a SAL Thanks. quiltyladyrr-at-gmail-dot-com
    * = the letter between O-Q. It's on strike on my com*uter.

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  2. Lovely flowers, I can imagine sewing it using apliquick to make a wonderful quilt!!! A real beauty!

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  3. Beautiful quilt, thanks for the great giveaway.

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  4. What a beautiful quilt and thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I love the layout of that quilt. Thank you for offering this opportunity to your readers.

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  6. A Beautiful quilt.How nice my birthday is in May .My flower .The lily of the Valley.Thanks Debby for the chance to win it. chevaliermaryellen@yahoo.ca

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  7. This is absolutely lovely!!!

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  8. I love the Lilly of the Valley! A lovely quilt with all the flowers. I really like the KC Star quilt blocks that I have seen. Thanks for the opportunity to win the CD patterns.

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  9. Debby, this is such a beautiful quilt.I love the flower designs and this CD would be a treasure to own. Thank you so much for your giveaway.

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  10. I love Lilly of the Valley and have some growing in my yard. It was a start from a dear cousin, who has now passed aways, so it is always a little special to me. I also love your quilt design. I a MO girl, so the Kansas City patterns are favorites also!!

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  11. A beautiful applique quilt and I love the sashing/setting as well!

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  12. Love it. I love flower blocks. Wish you would do this as a BOM. I have done a few your your BOM's and I love that I can keep up.

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  13. Hi Debby! I almost started crying when I saw that Lily of the Valley block. I have been missing my mom terribly lately, and that was her favorite flower. I was finally able to plant some in my yard last Fall, and all summer I've seen the bed fill in with more leaves. I know come Spring I will see a bunch more lily bells just for her. I can't win - I don't even have a CD reader any longer, darn it. But I can go buy the .pdf from your Etsy store and I just may do that. To make a whole Lily of the Valley quilt, just for my mom. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  14. Debby I love the history of these blocks and receiving this CD and especially this block would be such a treat! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. What a beautiful quilt! Thank you, Susan

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  16. this is such a stunning quilt, [as are all the rest of your work!], thanks for the chance to winn the pattern! i live in israel.
    s5821140@gmail.com

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  17. I'm yearning to get back to needle turn applique and these patterns are just what I'd like to work on!

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  18. That is one gorgeous quilt! The flowers are beautifully designed. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  19. That quilt has such a simple setting but the flower blocks are so lovely. I'm always looking for a wonderful floral pattern!

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  20. Debby, you are a true and generous talent. What a sweet quilt. I would love to win the block and CD. Thank you for the opportunity!
    ginnyleber@gmail.com

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  21. I really like your quilt, and the lily block is a special one.

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  22. I have to jump in here to say this is the most complete floral design files you will find. I already own the set so not in running for the "freebie" but just had to give credit where credit is due! You will not be disappointed with the designs. All are beautifully done! ;o) Good luck, everyone!

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  23. Wow! What a beautiful quilt. I think it's one I'd like to make. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  24. This quilt brings back memories of days gone by, and the beautiful hand applique quilts my grandmother and aunts created from these patterns. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

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  25. Your quilt is beautiful. As my husband and I have traveled in 47 of our 50 states, we have enjoyed identifying the wildlife and wildflowers. I have always wanted to make a flower quilt and would love your block and CD. Nancy A: Sewing Granda@gmail.com

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  26. The Lily of the Valley has a special place in my heart as it was my mothers favorite flower. She carried it on her wedding day and we incorporated it onto her headstone. Whenever i see it, i think of her and it makes my day. Thank you
    treesrgreen7@gmail.com

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  27. That is a beautiful block. I would be very lucky if I were the one to win the CD.
    Thanks for the offer.

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  28. Wow.. that is so beautiful.. would live to try that as needle turn..

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  29. Another May birthday here with crossed fingers! Thanks for showing this old fashion design.

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  30. Beautiful quilt! Please enter me. :-)

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  31. This is so sweet. My Grandmother used to live on a farm outside Olathe,Kans. She had a huge flower garden. She taught me to quilt so she would have loved this.

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  32. I am having issues commenting, the email came back to me as Mail Delivery Subsystem . So this is a test.

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  33. I am in love with these old quilt block patterns! They just make my heart sing. Thank you for the chance at winning them and the lovely block.

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  34. I looked at this lovely quilt and thought that even I could manage the applique. I avoid applique where possible lol. I am in Australia. Thank you for the opportunity to win this pattern.

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  35. This applique is appealing because of its simple elegance. It is not as overwhelming as other blocks like the Baltimore Album and looks achievable. THanks for sharing another option for quilters.

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  36. I love flowers and I love applique, I would love to win this pattern..thanks for the chance!!

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  37. The quilt is fantastic. Love the applique flowers and the 3 strip sashings and nine patch corner stones.

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  38. I've always enjoyed making flower quilt blocks-this is a great collection of flowers!

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  39. Because I haven't had access to my sewing machine (while I tend to a dog recovering from surgery for ten weeks), I've tried needle-turn appliqué for the first time. I discovered that I love it! I'd be delighted to win a copy of the cd. Making a copy of this quilt would be following in my grandmother's footsteps; she made many quilts like this, and would have been very proud of me.

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  40. These are so sweetly vintage charm. The designs are amazing.

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  41. I love the quilt, vintage patterns are my favorite! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  42. Wow, Debbie! I am an avid 'applique-er." And, I love florals! I can see a new "I Spy" opportunity with my granddaughter in flower identification. You've had so many great comments, I know I'm going to end up purchasing this pattern, but thank you for the opportunity to express my delight here!

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  43. I love this beautiful piece of history. You have a lovely quilt. I would love to be able to make one. Thanks Pat Mullis

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