Many thanks to the volunteers who created the quilt for the 2011 Quilt Show Raffle and to Tritsch House for donating a one-night stay at their bed & breakfast.
2011 Quilt Show Raffle Winners Cathedral Window Quilt Herb Lallemont, Waumandee Bank
Tritsch House Stay Ella Brei
Alma On The Mississippi Book Joyce Hemion
One Year Membership, Alma Historical Society Ray Quarberg
2011 Raffle Quilt
This is the first year that Janine Ruff and Teresa Gunderson made a quilt for the Alma Area Historical Society's annual quilt show & raffle. They wanted to do something special to reprsent the history of the tradition of quilting. They decided on the Cathedral Window pattern, which is an old patter that is not often seen. In keeping with the historical theme, they hand-quilted each window with the vibrant colors of red, green and gold for a Christmas colored quilt. Their hope is that the receipient of this year's raffle quilt wil enjoy it as much as they enjoyed creating it!
What is a Cathedral Window Quilt? A cathedral window quilt is not the same s a traditional quilt. It earns its title from not including the backing or batting, and consists basically of the patcfhwork top with edging. window panes are traditionally made from muslin or cheesecloth to reat the translucent light look generated from windows. The window frames are often made from heavier cottons or calicos. In the old days colors were used infrequently, however we now have an abundance of materials that can be sued iwth translucent qualities, such as silks, organza, light cottons and many more.
Each window is hand stitched over a colored square to make this queen size quilt. The quilt consists of 437 white squres sewn together twith 396 colored squared hand-stitched into the "windows". The time spent cutting, sewing and hand-stitching whis quilt is over 300 hours. Many thanks to Janine Ruff, Teresa Gunderson and Kathy Noll for their work and contribution to this project.
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