There are many legends and stories about the Poinsettia plant. I thought I’d present a little of the history of the lovely flower. Your pattern link is at the bottom of this post!
The bright red flowers are also known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night. Poinsettia is native to Central America and flourishes in Southern Mexico.
Not only was the Poinsettia treasured for it’s beautiful flowers (actually bracts, not flowers), but it was considered a medicinal plant. The natives used the red bracts to make a purplish dye that was used in cosmetics and textiles. The milky white sap (latex) was made into a preparation used to treat fevers.
Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851) was appointed the first US Ambassador to Mexico in 1825. He had attended medical school and was interested in botany. We have Mr. Poinsett to thank for the lovely plants we decorate our homes with at Christmas.
Mr Poinsett owned greenhouses in South Carolina and brought Poinsettia plants home from the Taxco region of Mexico. He propagated the plants and sent them to botanical gardens in Philadelphia. Congress honored him by setting aside December 12th as National Poinsettia Day to commemorate Joel Poinsett’s death in 1851.
So in addition to being beautiful decorations during the Holy Christmas season, I’m honoring the Poinsettia as my final block of the Christmas Town Sampler BOM.
A few tips on making your own block –
1. Read the pattern completely before you start cutting and sewing
2. Use SCANT ¼” seam
3. Don’t sew the skinny seams of the 4 frame corners together, they’ll be in your seam allowance.
Poinsettia – October CTS BOM – click for the pattern and instructions!