Featuring RIVER FALLS Batiks & AGED MUSLINS by Lisa W. Norton and Lora W. Zmak of Material Girlfriends Patterns
Following the widely popular Bird Walk program by Lisa and Lora of Material Girlfriends, we're pleased to introduce Night Watchman, a 12-month program featuring the RIVER FALLS batik collection by Sarah Maxwell and Marcus AGED MUSLINS.
'Night Watchman' was inspired by Lisa's son, Matthew, and his camping trip adventure (detailed below.) Perfect for a summer night, the quilt highlights appliqués of the sleeping bear, fox, birds, and squirrel. High in the tree is the vigilant Watchman, an appliquéd owl with Dresden petal wings and tail, sounding the alarm that the appliquéd raccoon is sneaking out of the hollow in the tree! Delight in the paper-pieced fireflies, and the pieced New York Beauty block, which forms the hindquarters of the slumbering bear! These elements round out the various techniques used to create the quilt, as simple star blocks flicker across the quilt. The finished quilt measures 50" x 66".
Lisa's Story: One summer, my son Matthew and three of his friends went camping in the Santa Cruz mountains in California. They were just 19 years old, and it was their first solo camping trip. Stocked with S'mores, sleeping bags, a tent, and two camp chairs, the boys set a campfire and dragged the camp picnic table to the fire pit so two of the boys could sit on the bench with their backs resting against the table. My son and the other boy sat in camp chairs across the fire. The night was cool and dark, and the ghost stories began. In the middle of their stories, an owl began his soulful calling, adding an air of the dramatic to the tension of the storytelling! Just then, a raccoon climbed up the picnic table to steal the S'mores. The two sitting on the bench had no idea a bandit had just arrived. Matthew, spying the thief, rose to his full height and with his arms out wide roared like a bear scaring the raccoon and the three friends out of their wits!
When Matthew and his friends returned home to tell their story, Matthew said if they had been paying attention to the Night Watchman they would have been more aware of the bandit stealing their rations!