Friday, September 23, 2016

Blocks for Veterans Quilts

This is a continuation of the blocks made for Veteran Quilts. . .







 


 
Still more blocks to share in the coming days. . .

Monday, September 19, 2016

Last week I started sharing blocks made for our Veterans Quilt Project.

I thought everyone would enjoy seeing all the blocks - such good variety all based on the same fabric. The fabric kits were not all identical, but all had fabric from the same Union Blues line of fabric designed by Barbara Brackman for Moda Fabrics. 

Here are more blocks, and I will continue posting more over the next few days.









 
Thanks to everyone for such great 12" blocks!
More blocks will be posted in a few days. 


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Veteran's Quilts


Look at that lovely stack of quilts! There are the quilts that were brought to the meeting last night ready to be delivered to veterans at McGuire Hospital.

We've had so many new people last night that I thought it would be a good idea to explain this project in detail.

Several years ago we were invited to make quilts for McGuire VA Hospital. At that time there was a particular coordinator that we worked with and she coordinated the deliver of quilts in December. After a couple of years the centrally coordinated effort disbanded. We had a member at that time who had worked at the hospital and she delivered for us for a while. Our quilts are not delivered only in December, they are delivered year-round as needed. As you can tell, we are a relaxed group so we don't keep detail stats but I think we average about 50 quilts each year.

Currently, Terry Muller, is a volunteer at the hospital in the Spinal Cord Injury ward and she LOVES delivering our quilts to the patients at the hospital. Talk to her about it for about 5 minutes and she will have you rushing home to make a quilt for one of "her" patients. She's going to be expanding to work with an on-site chaplain to deliver our quilts to other wards as needed.

These quilts are truly an example of the power of teamwork. While any member can make a whole quilt, Terry and I (Vicki W), offer to quilt as many as we can each year. I have a personal target (and max) of 40 each year. Terry works full time, volunteers at the hospital several times a week and still quilts over a dozen quilts each year. We use any money we raise through membership, donations and the Trash to Treasure sale in October to purchase batting and backing.

The quilts are 48 x 60. We can take a couple of inches variation in either direction but if a quilt is too large we return them. At the 48 x 60 size we are able to load one wide quilt back, one 65" width of king batting and quilt 2 quilts on one loading of the machine. This size is also perfect for hospital beds and is the size that was designated by the hospital at the beginning of our project.

If you would like to see some of the quilts we have done you can see some of them on my blog on these pages. I take a photo of each one that I quilt and I have galleries for each year. Scroll down on each of these pages and you will see the quilts I quilted that year.
2016
2015
2014

The blocks that Becky gives us each month are used to make veteran's quilt tops. She is always in need of a volunteer to sew together the blocks into tops and we have several quilts each year that need volunteer binders. So there's a job for everyone and you can participate as little or as much as you want.

If you want to quilt your own quilt let me (Vicki W) know and I will provide you with backing and batting if you need.

If you want to make a top and you want us to quilt it there are a few rules and there are no exceptions to these rules. Terry and I (and any other quilt volunteers that we get) do not want to get overwhelmed by quilts that require us to do a lot of special handling to get them quilted. These rules help us to quilt lots more quilts than we otherwise could.

The rules:

  • Quilt tops are 48 x 60 - We pre-cut the backing and batting so we can't customize backing for an odd sized quilt
  • NO FRAGRANCE - I am VERY allergic to fragrances so I can't work with fabrics that have been washed in fragrance detergent or have any fragranced product sprayed on them (like Best Press). Sometimes Terry can quilt fragranced quilt tops but it's up to you to note that the top has fragrance because I bring the tops home with me and store them in a closet. I have had to take a top and seal it in a plastic bag until I could return it to the owner.
  • Quilts must be pressed and ready for quilting. We do not do any prep work on quilt tops so that we have more time for quilting so it's important for the tops to be ready to lead when we receive them. Just press them and fold them neatly and bring them to me at the meeting. I hang them on hangers in a closet to keep them wrinkle free until they get quilted.
  • We quilt them when we can fit them in. You might get your top back next month or it might take 6 months. I match them up in pairs to backs so I might need to hold one to get another to match with it or we might simply not have time to quilt them.
  • We choose the thread color and quilting design. We can't coordinate specific requests for thread color and quilting design. Terry uses a computer for her quilting. I do all of mine free-motion and often use these quilts to get photo samples for my beginner longarm quilting classes. So far we haven't gotten any complaints!
I've almost met my 40 quilt limit for 2016 but I will take tops and hold them until 2017 or for Terry when she is ready for more.

We recently purchased more batting and I ordered 4 bolts of backing today. We get a tan, a blue and 2 bolts of white so I can custom dye some of them. We are all set for several months!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SEPT. Block of the Month

Spinning Pinwheel 

Spinning Pinwheel - 12” finished Block

Two colors – White and blue patriot prints
The block is made up of four quadrants, each consisting of two mirror image units with reversed colors. 
 
Using the templates at end of directions:
Cut 4 pieces of each color with the triangle template (C).
Cut 4 pieces of light fabric with template (B). 
Cut 4 pieces of blue fabric with template (A). 
You may wish to cut the fabrics a bit larger than the template and trim after the pieces are joined.  See measurements on templates -  add seams as indicated.

1. Sew the triangles to the opposite colored larger piece.  This creates mirror-image pieced triangles.  Press toward darker fabric.  If you have cut the fabrics a bit larger, trim the large two-colored triangles to size.  The two sides (including seam allowance) should measure 6-3/4” and the hypotenuse is 9-1/2”.

2. Rotate one of the triangles, matching the seams along the hypotenuse and sew four units.  Handle the hypotenuse carefully, as it will be all bias edges.  Press seams open.

 
Sew four units like this:
3.  Rotating the four units so opposite colors touch, sew two together, pressing seams so they nest. 

4.  Sew two sets created in step 3 together and press seam open to minimize bulk.
 
Your finished block should measure 12-1/2” to finish at 12”. 

Thank you, Annie for giving us the directions.
 
 

Monday, September 12, 2016

September Meeting

Our meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:00.  The Montpelier Center Gallery is open until 9pm so if you haven't' seen the exhibit you might want to come a little early to check it out.

Our program is Dresden Plate quilts being presented by Terri Cooper. If you have a Dresden Plate quilt in your collection please bring it to share.

The October meeting will be our annual Trash to Treasure sale. Since I'm buying more backing for our veteran's quilts whatever you sell/buy is going to a good cause!

Virginia Quilt Museum volunteers needed. This note is from Carolyn Mills:
Annette Young, Vicki Brannon & I plan to work at the museum Oct. 29thI plan on driving, but at the present time I am having some issues that don't allow me to sit or stand for very long. So, I would really appreciate members volunteering to work either shift (10-1 or 1-4), and we will cover the other.
 
If more CSQ Members are not willing to step forward and volunteer, I see this as an indication of something we might have to stop doing.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Update on May BOM

UPDATE on our May block of the month

POST FROM MAY
I think you were all surprised that our May block of the month is a fabric kit of three fabrics with no pattern! The fat quarters you have are the last of the Union Blues fabric by Barbara Brackman. We have made countless quilts out of that line of fabric and this will be our last. All of the quilts are given to veterans at the V.A. Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Make your block anyway you like - your choice of pattern and you may want to add other fabrics to those in your kit. The finished size (sewn together) will be 12", so your block should measure 12 1/2" square. If you want to make your block smaller than 12", that's fine, just frame it with Union Blues fabrics to make it 12 1/2". Your block can be applique, pieced, pictorial, etc., there are no restrictions. You may want to make your favorite block - if it's possible to have just one favorite!

UPDATE: All the blocks have been completed and we have a nice stack of about 45 blocks. Now it's time to plan how we will set them together for more veteran quilts.

I thought everyone would enjoy seeing all the blocks - such good variety all based on the same fabric. The fabric kits were not all identical, but all had fabric from the same Union Blues line of fabric designed by Barbara Brackman for Moda Fabrics. 

Over the next few days I will post pictures of the blocks here. They will be in random order and I don't remember who made each block. Hope you enjoy seeing them and thank you to each and everyone of you for continuing to support our Quilts for Veterans Project!







Thursday, September 8, 2016

Friday and Saturday Sewing is this weekend!

Join us tomorrow and Saturday for sewing in our normal meeting room. Bring your own project and lunch and enjoy and uninterrupted day of sewing!