This past fall my friend Cheryl persuaded me to join the Webster Quilt Guild of which she is a member. There total membership currently is eighty-six. It is a wonderful group of women doing all different kinds of activities. The guild encourages each of their members to make a baby size quilt (40" x 55") to be donated to the Asbury House in Rochester. Asbury House distributes donated clothing, kitchenware, and bedding free to people who are referred from social agencies, health care facilities and churches in the Rochester area. Last year the Webster Quilt Guild donated 72 baby quilts! With this in mind, Cheryl and I decided to share this project.
I suggested to Cheryl, that because of my other guild (Genesee Valley) and other commitments that I have, that I really did not have time to create a quilt top and back and I would make a deal with her. If she made the quilt tops and back that I would supply the batting and quilt the baby quilts. She agreed and so started this venture.
Cheryl went to her stash of fabric, started cutting and piecing two identical quilts. I suggested that when she pieces the quilts that she makes them as one unit. This way when I load the quilts onto the longarm the quilts are quilted as one unit. So Cheryl pieced the two quilts with a double wide border plus 2" in between the two quilts. Here is what it looked like before I started to quilt them.
I quilted the two baby quilts with a wonderful design called Sweet Hearts Simple by Kim Diamond.
Cheryl did such a great job with the joined quilts! She even made labels for us and the binding too!
Here are the two quilts finished and ready to be donated. I think they came out great!
If you have a charity quilt donation project in your guild, maybe you can find a friend to make joined quilts with. Or why not make up two donation quilts at one time and join them with an extra wide common border - you'll have two done in no time at all!
Be sure to leave me a comment about what types of donation quilts you make for your guild.
Until next time…
Happy Quilting, Kathy