The quilt guild to which I belong, Timberlane Quilters’ Guild, donates quilts to those in need in the community. We hold two workshops a year in which we spend a weekend each time piecing and assembling quilts. Various members then take them home to quilt. Last year I believe we donated about 100 quilts to a variety of groups: the Oncology ward at our local hospital, Grace House (Transition House), Family & Social Services and some one-off cases.
Because I’m trying to improve my FMQ (Free Motion Quilting) skills, I quilt as many of them as I can work into my schedule. They provide me the opportunity to practice techniques I see displayed on Pinterest, Facebook and other dark holes too numerous to mention without the pressure of having to be ‘perfect’. The recipients are looking for warmth & comfort, not perfect quilting! I machine sew every binding for the community quilts I do and here are links to my two favourite methods: Donna Jordan’s flange binding (of Jordan Fabrics in Grant’s Pass, OR) and Sara’s Favourite Machine Sewn Binding. I used Sara’s method on this quilt.
Which brings me to the latest community quilt I just finished quilting; I did not piece this one. It’s a small one – 44″ x 53″. One of our Guild members (I don’t know who or I’d give her credit) crafted this little beauty. I don’t know if she used a pattern or just drew from her ‘design bank’. I love the patchwork blocks.
I’m certainly not fast; It took me 5.5 hours to quilt it! There’s close to 80,000 stitches in it. I’ve been wanting to practice cross-hatching and another block design I found on Pinterest (of course). I’d purchased some Handi Quilter rulers: ovals and wave, and wanted to practice using them. Here’s the quilt: