Saturday, December 22, 2018

First Responder Recognition Quilt

In response to the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh area quilt guilds and quilters are making quilts to honor the quick-thinking and brave actions of the first responders. A call was put out for 6.5" string-pieced blocks and each group's quilt will maintain a heart design for continuity.

The Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild has committed to making one of these quilts and has chosen a combination of blues, greens and yellows with a single white (or low volume) center strip. Members are asked to supply their own fabric and muslin or paper backing. This is a stash busting project and an opportunity to use up scraps. String blocks are made from strips sewn on a muslin or paper square. Strips can be 1 to 3 inches in width, refer to the tutorial for complete instruction. If you don't have these colors in your stash, strips will be available at the January meeting. If you have fabric to share bring it.

Each quilt is to be 100 blocks and the photos here are just for reference. You can use whatever piecing method is most comfortable for you. The tutorial mentions muslin foundation piecing and foundation paper piecing.

Blocks can be turned in at the January and February meetings to Karen Womack, Cheralee Stover, or Laurie Mizrahi. You are welcome to make several blocks, or just one! They are a quick project. Any leftover blocks will be shared with the other makers' quilts to make it to our collective goal.

*Plans for quilts for the synagogue and/or congregations are ongoing.*

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December Meeting Recap

Our last guild meeting for 2018 was on December 1st, which was also our end of the year Sew Day. We had a great turn out. Many members brought along various sewing projects to work on. We finished our QuiltCon charity quilt. Big THANKS to all who helped sewing and cutting, and big THANKS to B for organizing everything and keeping us on task. It looks really great.

Photo credit: Merrilee

During the Sew Day we had a short meeting with a handful of Show and Tell items

We briefly talked about our upcoming leadership election. At the January meeting members will vote on a new President, Programs Manager and Treasurer. If you are interested in any position please let Michele know.

At the end of the meeting participating members exchanged pincushions. There were lots of fun makes.

Our next meeting is on Sunday January 6th 1pm-4pm. We hope to see you there!