What a great name for a quilt! This BOM (block of the month) quilt was produced in 2008 and the design came from the talented hands and mind of Heather Finnell of Burning the Midnight Oil . The term burning the midnight oil means to work late into the night. Originally this was by the light of an oil lamp or candle. More recently, the phrase is used figuratively, alluding back to its use before electric lighting. Well, the quilt top wasn't completed in 2008 so guess you could say there was some 'midnight oil' being burned to finish this quilt top. Just recently the quilt was returned from Sandy, creative long arm quilter. She chose Clematis pattern with variegated thread to use for an overall effect. It's smashing! Here is the center section. There was some concern that all the reds were not of the same value, hue or tone, but doesn't really matter in the scheme of the whole. Besides, who buys all the fabric that is needed for a quilt right off the bat? Or, if you do buy all the fabric required, don't you forget what the fabric was for and somehow, gets cut and sewn into another project? There is no way, these hands can be the only ones that do that--nah.
The 2010 BOM is named "Fall Fancy". So, if you are interested, join in the fun. Sign up for the yahoo group (on Heather's website there is link) and receive a block each month, which will be available till the next month when a new block is revealed. You can always purchase those blocks that you have forgotten to download.
A word here about backing fabric: previously, several widths of fabric were sewn together to achieve the necessary amount needed for backing. Lately, 108" wide muslin has been used. The muslin doesn't come in colors so union dyes are used to create the color combination needed. To me, this is a more desirable look--no seams.