Monthly Archives: March 2014

Raffle Quilt for the 2014 IndepenDance Weekend

Fabrics for the Quilt
Fabrics for the Quilt

For the past five years, we have made a raffle quilt to help support the IndepenDance contra dance weekend.  It is a great dance, and relatively close to us, so we want it to continue!  Besides that, our friend Pam heads up the event, and we like to support her and her committee.

It is always fun to plan the next project.  Jim and I treated ourselves to a trip to a quilt store, to drool over the batiks!  We limited ourselves to 17 of our favorites with which to work.  We love super-saturated colors – does it show?

We are busily cutting fabrics, and planning how to embroider a center piece.  We like to put the names of the bands and callers on these quilts, making them unique. For the last two years, the person who won the raffle gave it to a caller – such a nice gesture.

This year’s pattern is called Front Porch, featured in one of Eleanor Burn’s many wonderful quilt books. Stay tuned for photos as we progress.

T Shirt Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt
T-Shirt Quilt

Here is the finished KING SIZED quilt for some friends.  The man who requested this runs triathalons, and has a stash of t-shirts from probably 50 events.  Jim and I chose the best looking of them all, and turned them into this quilt.  We had to take it to a friend’s house to have someone help us hold it up to be photographed!

To use t-shirts for a quilt, you first have to stabilize the knit fabric, by ironing a fusible interfacing on the back.  It is nearly 100″ square, about as big as we can go on our quilting frame, and it weighs a LOT.  But we are proud of the finished product.