The Santa Rosa Quilt Guild
2017-2018 Opportunity Quilt
"A Plentitude of Poppies"
The whole quilt idea started with the poppy fabric that is used as setting triangles on the side. I saw it at Village Sewing during an applique group meeting and bought two yards. I already had the pattern called “Harmony” by the Gingham Girls. I volunteered to do the 2018 quilt, but then got asked to do the 2017 quilt instead, so I knew what quilt I wanted to do.
Requested and received permission from Ann Weber of the Gingham Girls to use the quilt pattern, then asked for orange fabric from the guild. I ended up with a pile of orange. I then contacted members of the applique group to do the needleturn poppies and members of the guild to make the churn dash blocks which make up the quilt. After all was gathered, I put the quilt together, then appliqued the stems and leaves (and ladybugs).
I had purchased the backing fabric, which is a cheater cloth matching the original poppy fabric of the same fabric line. At this point, with a finished top, I drove to Yuba City to get Cathy Evans to quilt the top. Cathy runs a business, Quilts by Cathy, and has been my longarmer since I started quilting.
When the top was returned, I decided to use bright orange batik for the binding, and once I had it sewed on, Sharon Fry was kind enough to sew it down, and then to add the sleeve too. Janice Rodgers machine embroidered a wonderful label, I added a couple of poppies using Broderie perse. Finally I added beads and Swarovski crystals to the previously embroidered centers of the poppies.
Thanks to all who helped with the quilt: Jan Andrews, Sharon Fry, Joy McGowan, Jim Jensen, Herdis Gudmund, Jan Westerman, Janice Rodgers, and especially Patricia Kearns, with whom I held many consultations.
~Mary Ann Hayre
The links below contain photos and information regarding our past Opportunity Quilts.
It is a lovely walk down the SRQG history lane. Some of the quilts have more information than is shown and can be found in the Opportuniy Quilt pink binder that lives in our guild library. These are large files and may take an extra few seconds to download.