I made 16 Pine Burr blocks for the center and 20 Maple Leaf blocks for the outer borders. The secondary design was a total surprise!
The fabrics I showcased in the center of each block represented their interests or special events: the Flume in Wilmington, NY, wedding vows, backpacking in the Grand Canyon, coyote in Long Lake, NY, . . .
. . . The Audubon Expedition Institute Bus, kindergarten in Germany, recycle/reuse, a resident snake, etc.
I had a large assortment of homespun plaids and checks that I used in the Maple Leaf blocks. The sky fabric was perfect for the alternate blocks.
The back has a family-tree panel with a border of muslin squares where guests signed their names and wrote personal notes :-)
I started the quilt January 2, 1999 and finished it September 17, 1999. It was machine quilted by Valerie Zeman, Homespun Quilting, Huntington, NY.
Happy Anniversary, Con and Kev!
Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer