Pot of Flowers or Pride of Iowa has been on my bucket list of quilts to make. When it was announced that the quilt study theme for 2016 was 19th Century Baskets, which was the nudge I needed to get started on my piece.
With the size and time limitations, I felt one basket block would be best. I found a Basket of Flowers in Ricky’s Clark’s Quilted Gardens: Floral Quilts of the Nineteenth Century. The quilt was in the William McKinley Presidential library. I was given permission to use the image. Iowa’s tree is the oak, the rose is the state flower, and the Goldfinch is the state bird. I made oak leaves, changed the pot to a basket and added a Goldfinch. The woven basket is fabric from Judie Rothemel’s Charleston fabric line. I have used Judie’s fabric in most of my AQSG quilt studies. My great-great grandmother was Barbara Rothemel. I like to think Judie’s husband was a relative.
The quilt has hand and machine appliqué with blanket stitch embroidery around the leaves and flowers. It is hand quilted. I am one of the world’s best procrastinators so can’t imagine making four baskets!