When the ancient Greek nymph Minthe was caught having an affair with Hades, his wife Persephone turned the nymph into peppermint, from whom it gets its name. So strong was the believed connection between mint and temptation, Alexander the Great banned its use in his army! It’s a pity, because peppermint’s medicinal use dates back to Ancient Egypt, where dried leaves dating back to 1000BC have been discovered in pyramids. It was cultivated in Europe in the 1700s and used for stomach upsets and pain relief.
Peppermint quilt is the third quilt in The Seedling Quilts and it’s just for fun! Peppermint is one of my favourite flavours, and as a completely hopeless gardener, one of my favourite plants to grow because it’s so happy and easy!
Making this quilt was also happy and easy. I chose a favourite Rifle Paper Co print and used that as a colour palette guide for my little leaves. I had in mind the exact shape I wanted the finished quilt so I can hang it above our sideboard/buffet in the dining room when we build our house later this year. I can’t wait!