Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Guild Meeting

I find it hard to believe that anyone could enjoy a guild meeting more than I do! I get so excited to see my quilting friends and all their amazing work that sometimes I get a post-guild headache! And always, as happened last night, I can't settle down and go to sleep when I get home. Last night I didn't get home from the meeting until 10:30 pm and even though I was exhausted, I couldn't fall asleep. So today I have a "guild meeting hangover"!
It was the last guild meeting of the season and the deadline for submitting quilts for the Pediatric Sexual Assault Unit. Last week I photographed all the quilts received, and at guild meeting last night, I photographed more quilts, so we have exceeded the original goal of 50 quilts by having almost 70 quilts donated!
Here are the two quilts I finished for the meeting. Both quilts were Blocks of the Month, where the pattern is printed in the monthly newsletter and guild members make blocks to donate to this charity project. The quilt on the right is the disappearing 9 patch block and you can view a tutorial on how to make this pattern by clicking here. Thanks to Kim for this link - you can click here to see her quilt made with this idea! I did not make any of the blocks in these quilts. Joan Hett pieced the blocks together for the quilt on the left and Barb Jordan and I pieced together the blocks on the right. Then we used these quilts at our guild newbie day to demonstrate adding borders, pin basting and machine quilting. So the quilt on the left was a practise piece for 5 or 6 new quilters. It is stitched in the ditch and straight line stitched on the diagonals. I free motion quilted the quilt on the right. I used a hand quilting thread that I wanted to use up, and it gave me tension trouble but I didn't give up and made it work! This is a photo of some of the quilts that were donated. I can't tell you how wonderful these quilts are! So much work has gone into this pile and all of the time and materials were donated by the wonderful women in the guild who want to donate a symbol of comfort to victims of abuse in our community. And here is a photo of some of the quilts and the project coordinator Joan Hett, who is a tireless volunteer. She organized the project, got funding to buy batting and other supplies. She collected donated fabrics, organized block/quilt kits for quilters to sew, and then collected the finished quilts. Her basement has been taken over by this project! She is one of the most generous, wonderful women I know...thanks for all you have done Joan!

7 comments:

swooze said...

Awesome effort. You quilts are wonderful!

Nancy McNab said...

I totally agree with you. I'm suffering from guild hang over too today! It was a wonderful meeting.

ACey said...

I get that way after a meeting with my quilting friends, too. It's a kind of creative over-stimulation but I wouldn't miss it for anything!

Andrea said...

How fabulous !! So much work going to a good cause ! I'm sure they will be appreciated. Quilters are such generous people.

Greenmare said...

Oh I know what you mean about overstimulation!! I think my daughter has it tonight though! I took her to my local guild meeting to show off some of her quilts and she is sooooooo inspired that even though it's after 11 she is on the couch with her big box of scraps organizing them by color. All the way home she kept asking "when can we sew? Can we take a whole day and just sew?"
sounds good to me!

Meredith said...

What loving quilters you must have in your guild. Way to go that is a large stack of quilts. Us Quilters are so generous.

Anonymous said...

Kathy, the new pattern for a nine-patch, cut crosswise, is fabulous. I tried it, I love it. Thanks to you and the person who "invented" it.