Friday, June 18, 2010

Yesterday was a full day of wonderful quilting with wonderful friends! Six of us (only four were able to be there yesterday) made two blocks each, to put into a quilt that is destined for the annual Mennonite Auction to raise funds for hunger relief. We've had the blocks done for quite awhile, but didn't have a plan to put them together......the layout.....color choices......sashing, etc.

Here's Joyce, Fran, and Lois (Kathy and Bev were unable to join us) and the keyboard pieces that were to become the outside border.

Here is the quilt before adding the outside border. We laid everything out on the floor and auditioned the sashing fabric and the cornerstones. The original plan was to use black for the sashing but after we laid everything out, we decided that the green made it a softer, happier quilt.

This is the finished quilt top. We were all very happy with the end results. The blocks in this quilt all represent different Psalms and the appliqued blocks have the corresponding Psalm embroidered on them. We now need to have it hand quilted. Unfortunately, this auction will only accept hand quilted quilts, although the piecing can be done by machine. We are hoping that someday they may expand their quilts to include machine quilting. This auction is always extremely successful and if they opened it up to machine quilting, they would get many, many more entries to auction. Although I am able to hand quilt......I do not enjoy hand quilting a large top. I would also not be able to get it finished in time, so I will be contacting a local church group to see if they will be able to quilt it for us.



  1. It looks good. To bad Fran couldn't quilt it for you. She does such good work.

  2. It's beautiful! Sure to be a money maker at the auction.
    I have to go find some candy.... for some reason I have a sweet tooth all of a sudden.

  3. Bonnie...Fran even said she'd be happy to machine quilt it for us. Maybe next year they'll change the policy and let us use machine quilting.

  4. Jeanie - Bev sent me an email with the picture of the quilt top earlier this week, but seeing it on your blog makes it even more beautiful. You guys did a great job!! Someone is going to be very lucky to get that gorgeous quilt. Makes me want to get my sewing machine out...