Friday, November 22, 2013

Last community quilts sewing day for 2013 (1)

Yesterday was our last monthly sewing day for the year, working on our community quilts donation project. It has been a very productive year - many quilts made and in the making, many generous donations of fabric, quilt tops, completed tops and fabric ... and many hours of sewing and a planning to ensure that the resulting quilts get to their eventual owners. It really is a group effort, and we thank everyone who has contributed.

We will now take our customary summer break, but it is clear from yesterday's activities that some work will continue during the summer, and new quilts will appear before we officially begin again in February.

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We did lots of this yesterday ... Dawn has made six quilt tops from a large collection of plaid fabrics generously donated by Helen, supplemented by some from the community stash, and some from her own. Two baby quilts and a top completed by Lynette were also in this production line. Dawn plans to get a good deal of quilting done over the summer break, so layering and pin basting was the order of the day for her. We appreciate her energy, resolve, willingness and skill!
As well as pin-basting, it was a day for sewing on labels and a hanging sleeve, selecting  and making up backing and binding fabrics for another six tops that have been completed from the community stash or donated by members, catching up with photographing completed quilts, and sorting them for deliveries before the end of the year ... and a quick tutorial on a disappearing 4 patch block!

These star blocks were made by Fairholme members as a Christmas challenge last year, which has yielded this second quilt for a child. The challenge to members was to make a 12 " star block, using any star pattern and any fabric. The challenge for Elaine W who put the blocks together, quilted and bound them, was to make them work together. Her selection of a chartreuse and white sashing paired with aqua cornerstones and binding is brilliant.

Surprisingly, this sashing fabric has been one of the most versatile in our community stash ... it has all been used now, but we found a similar one in a recent sale and snapped it up.

Lyn donated the top of this  quilt that she made some time ago and didn't finish - Lynette took on the challenge of finding complimentary borders in the community stash, and quilted and bound it. Our healthy plaid stash often comes in handy for such tasks.

A collection of fabric panels was donated recently - Roslyn selected this alphabet, and again raided the plaids successfully for borders to produce a quilt for a child.
Elaine W chose another stash favourite, the red print to border this cute panel for a child.
This panel print is a series of fantasy cottages in serene colours and backgrounds, and was large enough not to need borders. Lynette quilted and bound it for a good sized lap-quilt.

This bright quilt is also a panel print - Dawn joined two panels together, and added borders.

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