Florida snowbird Shirley Frew came to visit our weekly quilting and crafting group in Citra last week, and she brought her amazing appliqued quilt with her. Shirley worked on the blocks for this quilt over the course of seven years, and if you study the detail in her work, you'll understand why years were required. In addition to masterful hand applique, Shirley added embroidered and inked details. The pattern is "Little Brown Bird" (AQS Publisher) by Margartet Docherty. Margaret's quilt was a prizewinner. And so was Shirley's version, earning Best of Show award at Gennessee Valley Quilt Club's show, her home guild in upstate New York. The beautiful hand quilting was completed by Ruth Yoder, of Maryland.
Shirley's label, above, tells the quilt's story, and the blocks speak for themselves. Just look at the cording she deconstructed to weave the basket in the first block show below. So feast your eyes! We were so happy Shirley shared her beautiful quilt with us, and she gave me permission to also share it with you.