January has been a month of chilly weather,
sunny days, clear roads,
and a blue and white quilt!
This Fall, at my workplace - Conrad Grebel University College, plans were underway to make a "community" quilt.
The fabrics in blues and whites were all donated from co-workers and friends stashes!
By the beginning of November the stripping and piecing
was well underway with our quilt experts, Sara and Mandy, organizing a sewing bee.
There was involvement from students, faculty, staff and community
connected workers - what fun!!!
The pattern "Twisted Log Cabin" is a design that I've always admired
and was so happy to learn this technique.
Many of us took strips and templates home to work on over the holidays.
I was hooked and really enjoyed sewing my blocks!
Fast forward to January .....
The finished blocks were all returned and in a mere 2 hours
one evening after work, they were all sewn together and the quilt top was complete.
|Sara and Mandy sewing strips together|
|I tried keeping up with the pressing!|
The next step was to stretch the quilt top with the batting and backing onto
the quilt frame. Our new and spacious Library was the perfect spot to set it up.
The antique quilt frames and stands,
made by my Grandfather for my Mom many years ago - worked great!
Many quilts were made on these old frames and I have fond memories of the quilting bees.
I remember my aunties sitting all around the quilts, the interesting chatter, the delicious snacks and meals, and the perfect stitching!
The quilting has begun and we hope to have it completed within the next week or two.
It's been so great to have such a variety of beginner and experienced quilters stop by on a regular basis to put in a few stitches here and there.
This quilt will be donated to the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale which is held annually on the last Saturday in May - New Hamburg, Ontario.
Learning to piece this pattern and having the confidence to try my
thimble at quilting has been such a joy.
I think I've caught the quilting bug ....
Till next time ...... do you love quilts???