Like many quilters nationwide, a group of us from the Thumstall Quilt Guild got together to celebrate National Quilting Day on March 13 . My husband asked me how the day started. I had no idea – it’s always been a great excuse to get together with fellow quilters, work on some charity projects – and just plain have fun.
However, my curiosity was spiked so I went to the ‘net’ for the answer. I found that in 1991, the National Quilting Association (NQA) designated the third Satrday in March as National Quilting Day. It’s an opportunity to quilt with friends, work on service projects. quilt and among other things – socialize .
We chose one of our favorite places to quilt – the Marcellus Library to celebrate the day. The new facility has an all purpose room that is extremely well lit – fantastic for quilting!
The day was spent working on bibs for men and women at a local Alzheimer’s Association Daycare Program.
By the time we’re done, we will have made 31. These are so much better than the paper disposable ones that are normally used at health care facilities. Our program chair came up with idea of adding a fabric yoke to a large towel. Easy to make and useful too. These should be relatively absorbent as well as comfortable for the patients. We coordinated fabric from our own stash with the purchased towels.
To fill out the week Julie and I got together and cut fabric and assemble kits for the pieced sections of our guild’s 2011 raffle quilt. Now we’ll each make two sections of the block to show when we distribute the kits.
Ending out the week 4 of us got together for a full day of quilting and camaraderie. I was able to finish the binding on two of my quilts for the quilt show’s silent auction and the challenge . What a way to spend time- a whole day – just quilting and sharing stories.
In addition to quilting with friends, I was able to finish a quilt top for a Consortium project: a quilt for an ALS patient.. (A family member of one of our Consortium members has just been diagnosed with the affliction also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and she asked us to make quilts for the patients.) I had been working on a disappearing 9-patch and thought this would be a perfect quilt for the project.
My plan for this week: