It has been a great week for quilting here in western New York. It’s been unusually cold and the wind chill put the temps to -30. It was the first time in 20 years that the National Weather Service used the word “blizzard” to describe the weather in buffalo.
I belong to the Museum Quilt Guild in Batavia, NY. Every two years we make a raffle quilt to raise money. Last year the top for the raffle quilt was pieced by members and machine quilted professionally. This year, the quilt has been pieced and appliqued by members and is being hand quilted by members also. With the weather being so cold it’s a great time to curl up in my favorite chair to work on the hand quilting. I’ve had the quilt for just over a week and will be passing in on to the next quilter on this coming Saturday.
The quilt was designed by Martha Lorshbaugh. The flower pot and flowers in the center are hand appliqued. Martha put kits together for our members to take and make blocks. I believe she had a team work on the assembly of the top once the blocks were turned in. Now it is circulating through a several guild members to hand quilt it. Many hands make light work!
The quilt will be raffled off at our guild’s quilt show in October. I’ll put the details on this blog as soon as I know them, as well as the link for the show (as soon as I figure out how to put a link in here.)
As for the progress on the challenges that I’m working on this week…. The theme for the guild’s challenge is “That Was Then…” You have to pick something from the year you were born and depict it in quilted form. The clue for the mine is that it’s from 1970 and has a working title “You’re gonna make it after all!”
The Quilter’s Consortium of Western New York challenge is about a quilter’s perspective on New York. The clue for that one is that the place I have chosen is often compared to the Badlands of South Dakota.
Let me know in the comments section what your guesses are on my projects. Check back next week for pictures of the finished projects.
Until next week, stay warm and keep quilting!