I have been working on a few new things that I can't wait to show you. The next installment of the PDQ Club will be up soon, and I will let you know when that happens. I am going to choose a winner for the fabric this week, so keep tuned in. . .
For now I have a few fun pics I wanted to show you for inspiration. Have you ever made a quilt as a thank you gift? I know you have! I have been working on a special quilt for quite a while now, and this week we finally presented it to its owner.
Julie Beck has served as the General President of the Relief Society for the past five years. This is an organization of women in my church, and that was a BIG job. We wanted to honor her and thank her with a quilt when she was released. She was in my ward (local church unit) and many of her friends and neighbors worked on this project. It was a challenge to do, because there was no pattern. Each quilter designed her own block and picked her own fabrics, so it was a bit tricky to get it to come together in the end.
All of the blocks are appliquéd and represent a part of her service. Here is a picture of the quilt with Julie and I. There were so many women who worked on this project. Some did the appliqué and some worked on lettering and designing, some did embroidery and some on putting it together and binding.
We decided to use a toile print for the sashing to give it a traditional feel. But the print did not work against each block, so adding the white sashing gave it some "space." Then we needed a way to add contrast to each block since they were all different values. A narrow blue folded piping was sewn around each block (my daughter, Talia did that part).
I did the appliqué on the center block. The letters were easier than I thought they would be. (Thank you, Appli-Glue!) On the smaller ones I used a bit of embroidery for the narrow lines. I wanted you to see the quilting on this. Isn't it great? My niece, Maika quilted it and did a beautiful job!
The day after the presentation, we had a luncheon with all the quilters and Julie. She brought this quilt top for us to see. It was pieced by her 92 year old uncle. His wife is in a rest home, and he works on quilts every day. It gives him something useful to do. He gives them to his family and to charity.
Have you ever made a commemorative quilt? Did you do it with a group? What challenges did you find in working on a group project?