We have almost finished our charity quilt. On Tuesday we sewed the binding on and tacked it ready to hand sew in place. Caroline has taken it home to finish hand hemming it, and then will contact the charity and send it to them for a child to take home from summer camp.
That done, I started to make a quilt with two other ladies, Susan and Joyce. Joyce is getting married soon and Susan is organising her hen party. Susan thought that the ‘hens’ could make a quilt together, but neither of them know much about quilting, so they came for some help.
They have decided to make a ‘friendship quilt’. Here is some information about the history and traditions of friendship quilts, which are also called ‘signature quilts: http://www.womenfolk.com/quilting_history/friendship.htm
Today, while they were here, I cut out 70 4 and a half -inch squares from off white fabric. Each wedding guest is going to be asked to write their name on one of these blocks, and these will form the basis of the quilt. I suggested that they find some permanent fabric marker pens for this, in the colours that they wanted for the rest of the quilt.
They went through my fabric cupboard and pulled out some pink and green fabrics (‘lime green and raspberry’, said Joyce). After the wedding, we will get together again and make the fabric and the blocks into Joyce’s wedding quilt.