Charity Quilting Bee – Part 2!

Monday, May 13 meant another pilgrimage to Langley for the second instalment of the Charity Quilting Bee. A smaller number of quilters could attend this session, but although we were small in number, we got a lot of work done.

Hard at work
Also working hard!

We arrived to find all the quilt tops we pieced 2 weeks ago sandwiched and ready to go. I suppose if one really wanted to, she could have searched through the pile to find the top she pieced. That seemed like a lot of unnecessary effort, so I opted to take the quilt on the top of the pile. Easy Peasy!

This was definitely not the quilt I pieced, which was a lovely selection of batiks in a neutral palette of whites, greys, browns and blacks. This quilt was all about COLOUR!! This will brighten the recipient’s day, no doubt about it!

Bright and Cheerful!

I planned to rock out with FMQ Loops and Swirls (no surprise there!), but, although I tried to be the Queen of Preplanning, I forgot to pack my Machingers quilting gloves 🙁

I might have been able to manage without the gloves at home – my machine is sunk down into my sewing desk so I have one BIG flat surface….

My amazing micrometer wielding, power tool using husband adapted my sewing desk for me <3

….but, I was not at home. *Luckily*, I brought my walking foot! Change on the fly!! Quilting plan is now to Stitch In The Ditch!

Not my usual go to, but Stitch In The Ditch it is!

We were once again spoiled with a full spread for lunch. The dessert tray included Nanaimo Bars, which I ate first. Always eat dessert first, I say! 😀

Lunch break!

Back to work!

It needed more oomph than straight Stitch In The Ditch quilting, so I decided to add a diagonal serpentine stitch through all the blocks as well.

Time for the binding

Because these quilts are meant to get lots of use, we opted to machine stitch both the front and the back of the binding on.

Ready for its new home 🙂

A big thanks to Suzy and Mark for their generous gift of all the quilting supplies (and lunch!) and to A Great Notion in Langley for the use of their classroom space.

All in all, a fun, productive two days of quilting! I hope all the finished quilts produced during this Charity Quilting Bee bring joy and comfort to the recipients.

Charity Quilting Bee

On Monday I took part in a charity quilting bee, hosted at a local quilting shop….well, an hour’s-drive-away local…and organized by a very generous couple who wanted to gift a senior’s care home with 24 lap quilts for the residents. They provided all the supplies (even thread). All we had to bring was our sewing machines and an empty bobbin! We just picked up a kit and started piecing…

Some assembly required….

>>>on a side note, if I’m going to do this blog thing, I’m really going to have to get in the habit of taking more photos!

4 hours of piecing later – including a union approved lunch break of veggies and dip, sandwiches and the most glorious dessert tray (…..I REALLY need to take more photos!) provided, again, by the quilting bee organizers, TA DAAA!!!

Completed Charity Lap Quilt

I chose a kit full of black/brown/neutral batiks…certainly suitable for a man, but there were some kits of the most vibrant colours that sewed up into a beautiful quilt. I will really *try* to get more photos when we all meet up again, to showcase everyone else’s work.

We go back in 2 weeks to do the FMQ. The quilt tops will be sandwiched and ready to go, and the binding will be supplied. This will be done on our domestic machines,,,,so I expect I will be rockin’ some form of…..loops and swirls (are you surprised? LOL)

I was very happy they had a space at the quilting table for me. It feels good to give back, however small <3