Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cape Lookout Quilt

Every year my local quilt group, the Crystal Coast Quilt Guild, makes a raffle quilt. The tickets are sold all year and then the name of the lucky winner is drawn at the Guild's annual quilt show in May. This year I am buying all the tickets they gave me to sell in hopes of winning this quilt!

The theme was our local lighthouse in the winter. Cape Lookout was built in 1812 and still stands today. The light flashes every 23 seconds and warns mariners of our sandy and unpredictable shoals. Situated at the southern end of the off-shore area called 'the graveyard of the Atlantic', people treasure the Cape Lookout light and it is our special symbol. Not bad for a structure almost 200 years old.

The quilt was designed and executed by a variety of talented people and I'm bound to leave a few names out inadvertently. The idea came mainly from Patti Brown, local quilt shop owner  http://www.albfabrics.com/quiltedbutterfly/index.html and quilt artist Robin Koehler. Eileen Williams took the photo that the center applique panel is based on while Robin supplied the flower design block which, when made up in reds and greens, looks like poinsettias. She talks about the design here in her blog Nestlings by Robin http://nestlingsbyrobin.blogspot.com/2009/11/las-flores-de-amigas-new-role.html . Patti did most of the center panel applique work. Many other guild members contributed their time to make blocks and Jan Spickett did a whole lot of turning down of edges and ironing! The machine quilting was executed by Lauri Mayo and it was her idea to add the silver snowflakes to the white sky. The feather designs quilted in bright green thread around the black border add just the right festive touch.

You can buy tickets by contacting me or Patti at The Quilted Butterfly (see above link). Just think, this queen-size one-of-a-kind beautiful quilt might be yours...the next best thing to living at the beach!

I am so proud to be part of this group!


Jen said...

That quilt is simply beautiful!! I do hope you win!

Robin said...

Love ya Pepper but I hope I win:)
Great write up!

Kelly Ann said...

I should try and get some tickets, my father worked for the Cape Lookout park service for 20 years and worked on Portsmouth Island and out on the cape...he would love that quilt!

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful quilt! The center applique is amazing -- as is the quilting.