With this quilt she’s really getting three birds with one stone. You see, several years ago she won the Black Forest Quilt Guild’s retreat blocks – the houses. And then she requested the BFQ guild members to make trees as her farewell blocks when she returned to the States. AND she incorporated her brown bag challenge fabric in the doghouse blocks!
The Black Forest Quilt Guild, based in Stuttgart, Germany, generally holds two retreats per year. If you win the blocks made by retreat attendees in the fall, then you are responsible to plan and make kits for the blocks for the spring retreat, and so forth. The previous winner, Ingrid, prepared kits of 1 1/2″ squares along with roof fabrics and light blue background fabric. (The house design is based on my “Charmville” quilt which appeared in McCall’s Quick Quilts, Feb./Mar. 2014.) Retreat attendees put their names in a hat for every house block they personally constructed. Kathy’s name was pulled, so she won the blocks and extra blue fabric. And then she was responsible for planning the next retreat quilt!
Since she won the house blocks, Kathy decided to ask guild members to make trees of a size that could be combined with the charming houses – a stroke of design genius! As I quilted Kathy’s quilt, it was fun to read the signed tree blocks: Judy, Ilse, Ursula, Birgit, Iris, Lisa, Diane, Helen, Elaine, Helga–all quilting friends that Kathy and I, now Stateside, miss. What a wonderful memory quilt of good times with quilting friends!
If you look closely at the quilt, you can find two doghouses complete with furry friends. Kathy drew these fabrics from a brown bag (the same challenge I’m participating in with a late February due date). What a fun idea to combine her challenge fabric with her BFQ memory quilt!