2018 Raffle Quilt

Announcing the Bits n Pieces Quilt Guild Raffle quilt “Parasol Parfait”. Buy your tickets to win the beautiful quilt from your favorite BNP member. Raffle will be held at Fanfare of Quilts 2018!

The members of this committee, aka Dresden Divas, are:  Phyllis Bednarek, Linda Biederman, Cheryl Chapman, Kathy Chitwood, Candy Grisham, Judy Hoffman, Sue Meyer, LaDonna Patterson, Cindy Pfotenhauer, Gay Stewart, Nancy Stratte, Chris Williams, Merrily Woodford.
In addition, we had appliqué assistance from Linda Waugh and Mary Ann Anderson.

The Pattern
The design is based on the pattern designed by Candy Grisham, “Friends in the Garden at Midnight” and was used with her permission. This beautiful quilt is showered with 44 parasol plates.

The Size and Fabric
The quilt measures 90” x 99”, made of cotton fabrics and has wool batting. With the exception of the background, there are104 different batiks with only 18 duplicates in this quilt. The fabrics were from both some personal collections and as well as from various quilt shops.  The Dresden Divas were assigned 3 different colors of no more than 1/2 yard of fabric of each color…and out they scoured the local quilt shops for those fabrics.  The background for the plates is a lavender grunge and both background and backing fabrics were purchased at The Quilted Fox.

The Quilter
The quilt was beautifully and skillfully quilted by Candy Grisham.  She used 26 different threads in the quilt.

The Process
As you can imagine, this quilt was a process.  We had our first planning meeting in early June of 2016, an instructional day in Late June, chose the background fabric in July and did the final design and placement of plates in late July as well.  All the plates were hand appliquéd by members and friends from October 2016 through January, 2017.  As you can see, many hands made beautiful work.

The Label Maker     The label was made by Shirley Handling.

The Quilt Appraisal  This quilt has been appraised at $12,500.00.