Most quilt groups make quilts for others in need. Some groups focus on particular causes or charities, like Quilts for Kids or Quilts of Valor.
Our group, called Ties that Bind, gives back to the local community. We make baby quilts for local hospitals, lap sized quilts for nursing homes, larger quilts for a hospice, and all sizes for a homeless shelter. We are always keeping our eyes open for others who need the comfort of a quilt.
Today on the blog I'm going to show you some of the quilts we've made so far this year. At the end, I'll show you my new charity quilt top, and give the pattern for it.
We finished a couple of tops on our workday, and put our heads together to solve some problems with some of our UFOs. Ann W. was a big help with design and sewing.
I am so proud of our little quilt group. There are only about 35 or so members, but we get a lot done. Joan and Colleen ask for blocks to be made each month, and members donate their time and fabric to make them. Then the committee (or sometimes mostly Joan and Colleen!) make the blocks up into quilts, and quilt them on their long arm machines. They also buy the batting and backing (with guild funds) and any other fabrics or notions we happen to need. Many of our members also make tops or quilts on their own.
We know that no matter what a quilt looks like, it will serve the purpose of warming someone. But we take the extra effort to make our quilts as nice looking as we can. Some of that might just be because we can't stand to spend our time making ugly quilts, and we naturally take pride in our work.
It's more than just that, though. The gift of a really nice quilt is more than just the gift of a blanket. It says to the recipient, we care about you. Your enjoyment of this quilt matters to us.
Here's a link to a tutorial: Twin Sisters Quilt Blocks Tutorial
It was fun to make the piano keys border from my scraps. I used up most of my 1.5 in. strips, and actually had to cut more. The strips for the piano keys are cut 1.5 in. x 6.5 in.
The quilt finishes at 71 in. long x 65 in. wide, about twin size.
I think it would work for a Quilt of Valor, if you used red, white, and blue fabrics. Wouldn't that be fun?
May God bless all the quilt makers who stitch for others, even for people they'll never meet.