Friday, July 22, 2016

Seattle MQG Giving

A while back I mentioned that Louise/I'm Feelin' Crafty and I stepped in as Seattle MQG's Giving Committee co-chairs this year, and we finally have a few finished quilts! We inherited lots of black and white print fabric when we took over, all of which had been donated last year by guild members, so we definitely wanted to use it!


So to start, we chose an Improv Quarter Log Cabin tutorial, and asked for 12 1/2" square blocks made with the black and white prints alternated with a true white solid. We encouraged the makers to give their blocks a little wonk when they squared them up.



With all of the blocks received back, we were able to make two quilts! I sewed the larger top together, which Arlene DeBuck kindly quilted with a delightful variety of quilting motifs and bound it as well. Louise came up with the clever name Fade to Black, and it finished at 72" square.




Then there were enough blocks left to make a baby-sized quilt. I pieced this one also, quilted it up with a diagonal straight-line, and passed it on to Yeechi Chen to bind.



Yeechi even added a sweet aqua flange to this little 36″ x 48″ quilt, which we named Blue Trimmed Cabin.


In addition to all the black and white fabrics, we also inherited some star blocks that were made by guild members a few years ago. Louise pieced this 36" x 48" top, I quilted it with a simple serpentine, then Deborah Christensen bound it. Once complete, it was christened First Star I See.


All three of these quilts will be donated to Nurse-Family Partnership, a community health program in Seattle that helps transform the lives of young, low-income mothers pregnant with their first child.

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By the way, these epic (and giant!) quilt labels were also inherited - screen-printed by guild members Dionne Matthies-Buban and Kristen Ballou. Aren't they the most perfect finish?