One of the lovely quilting ladies at the Irish American Heritage Center passed away recently, bequeathing her considerable stash to the Center. It is a veritable MOUNTAIN of fabric!! One item was a “jelly roll” of 40 pre-cut strips, each 2.5″ wide, in a variety of prints, all coordinated. So I made a Daisy Chain quilt.
The strips were sewn together, 5 at a time, and then cut across the strips like cutting pinwheel cookie dough. All the fabrics are in pink, lavender, deeper purple and pink, so they look wonderful together. There was plenty of fabric in the stash for the borders and backing, and they made a small quilt 57 x 75″, which will go up for sale at the Center.
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.