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The Country Love Quilt follows in the tradition of the popular Country Bride Quilt. Also created by the Old Country Store staff, Country Love has a flourish and fullness reminiscent of the Victorian era. A combination of old and new, the Country Love quilt is based on the traditional Center Diamond motif; its center diamond section is covered with lavish applique work. The four triangles which complete the square continue the theme of hearts, ribbons, and roses. The center boasts one dozen roses; each triangle and the pillow throw section add six more. The scalloped border is emphasized with an appliqued scallop highlighted by a rose at each point.
This is a quilt for the dedicated quiltmaker. The applique is extensive and many pieces overlap. Because it is done following the Center Diamond motif, much of the applique needs to be worked on a large section of background fabric. And, when the applique work is completed, the quilting lines are abundant and close. The effort is worthwhile--the finished quilt is magnificent. This is a quilt to be made as an heirloom. The love and time stitched into it will be treasured from generation to generation.
With the Country Love Quilt, we offer another original applique design--The Country Bouquet. Country Bouquet has five applique patches strewn with flowers. These alternate with more subdued patches where quilting lines whisper a similar floral motif surrounded by appliqued hearts. This profusion of flowers and quilting is all contained within a generously quilted scalloped border. Country Bouquet celebrates the freshness of new life and the delicacy of springtime flowers.
The types of fabric you choose will greatly affect the overall look of your quilt. The original Country Love uses large florals in pinks and blacks, giving it a Victorian flavor in keeping with its design. However, it can be equally stunning in soft, muted fabrics.
Country Bouquet was originally done in soft peach, blue, and green. This gentle combination creates a restful, peaceful quilt. The design can lend itself equally well to bright, vibrant colors.