For those of you who didn't spot my accidental publish of this wee post back when the quilt was just finished here's the "official" Secret Quilt reveal.
So remember I started with this
and a sketch of what I was aiming for (I only made a few changes to the plan in the end).
Then I spent a lot of time with one of these
nervously wringing my hands and hoping it would all fit together.
And it did!
Here it is in all it's Roman glory!
I know the border block is Greek key but the Romans used it lots too.
This applique block is the Eagle - symbol carried by the Roman Legions (or something like that)
When Constantine became Emperor and introduced Christianity across the Roman Empire, he had the Roman legions carry this Chi-Rho symbol before them. Chi and Rho are the first two Greek symbols of the name of Christ.
Close-up of the border blocks and the foundation pieced lettering
Washed and dried and ready for wrapping.
The wrinkly crinkliness after tumble drying hides my not-quiet-so-straight-line quilting!
My 2011 Secret Quilt project was for my lovely hubby who seriously enjoys Roman history. I'm sure he'll be able to tell me that some of the "Roman" elements are historically inaccurate - but I did try Hubs! Can't imagine there'll ever be another quilt like this one is the world ever! Unless, of course, anyone would like me to do a BOM quilt-a-long?.....
Hope you and yours all had a fabulous Christmas Holiday!
PS - I think he liked it - a bottle of whiskey and a quilt to snuggle in, what more could a man want from Santa?