Each year our guild members make a raffle quilt to raise money for programs and charity projects throughout the year. I am co-chair for the 2011 project. Members normally are asked to put the quilt together during the first year and the top is quilted, either by hand or machine, during the second year.
My co-chair, Julie and I have chosen Nancy Mahoney’s pattern Granny Stars featured in the July 2009 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting.
We looked at a number of patterns before making our final selection, but both of kept returning to this one. Granny Stars combines both piecing and applique techniques into the quilt. Piecing techniques range from simple for the corner units to the intermediate star points. The applique will be needle-turn.
Our Guild members’ talents range from beginner to award winning quilters. So this should be a quilt that any of them can, and I’m hoping, will want to work on.
With the help of two of our guild members, Marion and Sandi, Julie and I were able to coordinate the material for the quilt top at Patchwork Plus. We really ventured outside the box – batiks are not normally a fabric that either Julie or I would choose when making a quilt. I was definitely a bit skeptical, but now that I have laid the material out on my cutting table and ‘played’ with it a bit – I’m excited. As Marion said, “This should be an earthy and warm looking quilt.” I’m hoping it will appeal to a large number of people. (We do want to sell a lot of raffle tickets after all!)
What a fun way to spend an afternoon!
Sandi was intrigued by this particular fabric and has volunteered to design an applique border using it’s elements. She put it on her copier, enlarged the designs on the fabric and will design a very unique applique border. Never would have thought of that myself – but it really is a great idea. I appreciate anyone who has such a creative talent.
What a talented group of quilters I found when I joined Thumbstall Quilt Guild. It makes quilting with friends all the more worthwhile.There is always time to quilt!