I think it is pretty rare to
see a cactus on a mid 19th century quilt and this one has two. The
research that Dawn has done so far, finds Noah and Matilda (and family) in
Kansas, Illinois and Indiana, hardly cactus territory. One of Dawn’s theories (here) is that the inspiration may have been from botanical prints such as this one. Sounds
plausible to me. She is a super sleuth!
I had a lot of fun with this
one! I used this fabulous fabric that I bought in St. Bart’s (in 1993!) to
fussy cut the flowers. I had to really be fussy with the neon fabric in this
one. I had just enough of the green portion of this print to fit.
As for the
greens, I thought these two fabrics looked “prickly”.