Beautiful Nine Patch Quilt!

Nine Patch Quilt with Sashing

Community Service Nine Patch Quilt with Sashing

Saturday was our quilt guild’s annual Community Service Day. We had such a wonderful time! This is the quilt top that mom and I assembled. The 9-patch blocks were made by members and turned in at the January meeting. Connie and Vinnie sorted them and bagged them up in groups to be made into tops. Connie had a stash of neutral fabrics to be used as sashing if anyone wanted sashing. I have to credit my mom with the idea of gradating the colors. We laid out the squares together. I cut the sashing and Mom did all the sewing while I pressed the seams.

If you know us personally, then you know that my mom and I spent several years as the co-chairs for our quilt guild’s Community Service progam. I think it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 or 7 years. It seems like longer. I can barely remember a time when we weren’t the Community Service people. While we really enjoyed our time running the Community Service Progam, we both agreed that is was time to pass it on to someone else last fall. Connie Grimsley and Vinnie Thjung stepped up to the plate immediately. In fact, at the board meeting where we announced our desire to step down, Connie eagerly expressed interest.

Connie and Vinnie are bringing some fresh new ideas to the program and keeping some of the good old traditions. Working together in March is definately one of the traditions worth keeping! I tried to get pictures of both sides of the room, but unfortunately the photos of the other side were blurry. To see more about our Community Service Day, check out the Museum Quilt Guild blog at www.museumquiltguild.blogspot.com.

Museum Quilt Guild Community Service Day 2015

Museum Quilt Guild Community Service Day 2015

One of the tasks that is always worked on at the Community Service Day in March is tying quilts. We push 2 of the tables together and lay a “quilt sandwich” down to tie it. The group below is tying a Jelly Roll Race quilt. When I first looked at it, I thought it was a cool variation on the Jelly Roll Race. I thought that someone had made a jelly roll quilt and cut it to insert strips of blue fabic in it for added interest. However, the dark blue stripes that you see is actually blue painter’s tape! They used it to baste the top to the batting and then to the backing! Then they tied the quilt right next to the tape in evenly spaced increments. (For my non-quilting, blog following friends and for those new to quilting, tying a quilt is when you run yarn or thread such as pearl cotton through all three layers – backing, batting, and quilt top – and tie a knot to keep the batting in place. It is used instead of traditional quilting where you either hand or machine quilt to keep the batting from shifting.)

Museum Quilt Guild Members Tie a Quilt

Museum Quilt Guild Members Tie a Quilt

Did I mention how much we enjoyed Saturday? Thank you to Connie and Vinnie for all of their hard work and for planning a great day!

Things that make me smile:

  • Not lugging bins of fabric and projects to guild
  • Finishing a quilt top at Community Service Day (There was a point in the day when I was starting to regret the sashing. Dodie assembled a beautiful quilt top without sashing using the 9-patch blocks that she was given. Both styles ended up beautiful.)
  • Seeing both of my boyfriend Jim’s daughters on stage in their high school musical, The Addams Family. They both did an awesome job!

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie