Charity Quilting

Each year, our WISQ quilt group takes on a charity quilting project for the year.  We choose a pattern, make blocks throughout the year, and then meet in February for a Saturday of sewing.

This past year (2008-2009) our charity of choice was Quilts of Valor.  In 2003, Catherine Roberts of Seaford, DE, started the Quilts of Valor Foundation when her son and his 630th MP Company were being deployed from Germany to Iraq for one year. Piecers and longarmers volunteer their materials and time to make wartime quilts of valor to comfort U.S. wounded soldiers.

The blocks we used were Easy Double Four Patch from Mary Johnson.  Each month, the quilter who hosted our meeting chose a color.  We then pieced blocks in that color with fabric that came mostly from our stashes.  Karen collected the blocks and grouped them into sets that would make complete quilts.  

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On the first Saturday of February we met to sew the tops together.  As of now, we have completed  19 tops.  Most of those were, or will be, dropped off at Fat Quarter Quilts in Coon Rapids, MN – an official drop off site.  A few were also dropped off at Glad Creations in Minneapolis

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I took one of the tops home to quilt on my longarm.  Since I’m a newbie, I thought the practice would be good.  I tried a pantograph pattern for the first time.  It turned out okay.  Even looked pretty good once it was completed.

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The Quilts of Valor (Midwest) web site states that they’ve donated 15,000 quilts to date.  You can also check the site if you’d like to support this worthy cause.

We had so much fun, we’ve already started blocks for next year.

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Jan

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One Response to “Charity Quilting”

  1. Alycia Says:

    That is so cool – I like how you all worked together! Great job!1

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