There are a couple of Points I would like to make about Poinsettias
that have nothing to do with Quilts!
Did you know they were named after a person, and that they are not native to the United States?
In 1825, Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Minister to Mexico, introduced the plant to this country.
In Mexico it is known as "Noche Buena", which means Christmas Eve.The Noche Buena's association with Christmas began in 16th Century Mexico, where the legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday.
The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson 'blossoms' sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.
From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem.
You can read more about the interesting history, the creation of the Poinsettia industry in the United States and the Poinsettia Poison Myth on Wikepedia....HERE.
In my Christmas Collection, I have two of these Christmas Girls with Poinsettias. They were made by Lefton and are numbered 7698. Originally, they were sold as a Threesome. The third girl holds Christmas presents. Maybe one day I will run across her, and reunite these three sisters.
Now about Poinsettia Points in Quilts....I GOT Them...FINALLY!
I have to say, though, it took awhile and lots of Pointy Practice!
I started out to make a Christmas Bed Quilt using Bethany Reynolds Stack and Whack Eight Pointed Star pattern. Then I got sidetracked and the Star Blocks got put in a WIP Basket....for several years. As I said...FINALLY...I got back to the Points of the Poinsettia Blocks and made TWO Wall/Table Topper Quilts. So, Yes, I Get the Point of Poinsettias....
....they make Perfect Pointy Poinsettia Plate Places!
Perfect Once A Year Greeting Cards
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Ya'll