I have something really special to share with you today - a project our quilt ministry has been working on for about eight months now! But first, let me introduce you to some of the group...
Here you can get a glimpse of our workroom at church. The quilt frame is behind the two ladies on the left (that's Piper in green and Rita, the Quilting Queen). Mary is standing at an ironing board in the window, and Twyla is looking for a quilt back to her right. Lisa is standing where she often is, cutting scraps into usable pieces, at the cutting table.
Back in April, I had a wild thought to make quilts for all the teachers at the local elementary school, which is a couple of doors down from our church. We have partnered with them over the years, offering space to them for conferences, sending teams over to work on their playgrounds, and the quilt ministry even fulfilled a teacher's wish by making book pockets for the backs of her classroom chairs.
We quickly realized that we couldn't make the number of quilts needed by the end of the school year so we took it on as a summer and fall project. And so we set to work making lots and lots of scrappy quilts! Some of them were made from tops sent by some of you, others from orphan blocks. We made lots of jelly roll race quilts and charm square quilts. Scraps were our friend!!!
And here's a picture of all the completed quilts, all stashed away and hidden from public view so we could accumulate enough.
Here's a picture we tried to take showing all the quilts to a little bit better advantage, along with some of the ladies who helped create them. Rita decided to get under the table for some reason!
Of course, it's always more fun to sew with friends, so Piper and Lisa joined her on the floor. We really have a lot of fun with this group of ladies!
We delivered 51 quilts to the local elementary school this morning, enough for every teacher, two vice principals and the principal. We made the principal cry! It's wonderful when we can use our gifts to make a difference in someone else's life, isn't it?
And FYI, it didn't make a dent in our scrap stash!!!
How about a little inspiration now?
I love this idea - little nine-patch blocks surrounding a large star on point. Simple but oh so effective!
I really like the look of this quilt! So many places to look and for the eye to roam...
And isn't this a gorgeous pillow? It could really put those solids scraps to good use!