I've mentioned before that I go to a Wednesday night quilt group at our town office. We started it just over a year ago, and we meet twice a month. And I love our little group. Most times there are just 4 or 5 of us, and we talk and hand stitch and look at quilt magazines, and for 3 hours, it's all about quilts! Yay!
So a few meetings back, I told the girls that I was wanting to do something with the group as a form of a charity. Most of us have huge stashes, and there is no reason not to use up some of that fabric! But there are all sorts of 'quilt charities' out there, and I wanted to do something a little different, and for our own community. We live out here in the sticks.....and it's Maine.....so in the winter, nearly every year, someone gets burned out of their house. Whether it's the faulty space heater, or a chimney fire that gets out of control....the whole darned place will burn to the ground! All I can think is that it must be quite terrifying while it's happening, and then the reality hits, that you have nothing left! How awful!
So I asked the girls at our meeting if they wanted to start 'stockpiling' a collection of quilts that we could give as the need arises......so the next time someone has just been burned out......we would be ready with a quilt or two to help them get started on putting there 'home' back together!
They liked that idea, so we started it last meeting. It was very impromtu, in fact, we hadn't really put together an idea for a quilt yet, so since I had brought my 2.5" strip bin (it was way too full!), and Pat brought several bags of scraps, and I had my machine......we started sewing up strips! Everything in blue! I left the meeting with a ton of strip pieces connected in long strings of about 65" long.....and yesterday I sewed all the strings together! Yippee!
Here it is, on a queen bed. We had made so many strings, and I had just kept sewing, that when I trimmed it up, it was 64 by 98! Sheesh! So I took off several rows, and now it's 64 x 84. And tonight is our group meeting, so we can decide if it's getting borders, or just quilt and bind it! I love how it turned out, and with the extra rows that I took off, we can start another one, maybe with several different color sections, blue (done!), yellow, green, red, orange.....whatever we have an abundance of in our scraps! And I'm hoping to get a little more organized tonight, and we can 'plan' the next quilt we work on!
Last Saturday, I went to a local quilt show, and got several pics of some really nice quilts! I hadn't made this show in about 6 years, so I was quite surprised at how much it's grown, and the variety of quilts. (I remember the last time I went, it seems they had all worked on the same pattern, cuz there were way too many of the same quilt.....kindof silly!)
Ok......that's the show.....hope you enjoyed it!
Have a wonderful day!