Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Volunteers Needed for September Charity Sewing Event

[Ikebana photo from the Dear Stella Blog]

Hi Friends! It's Katie. Over the last few years, we have dedicated our September DC Modern Quilt Guild Meeting to charity sewing. We will meet on Saturday, September 28, from 10am-4pm, and this year, we are lucky that Dear Stella has donated 4 fat quarter packs to our guild--two each of Ikebana and All Hands on Deck!

As a guild, we hope to make 4 throw quilts-- something larger than a traditional baby quilt but smaller than a twin quilt. In my  mind, I pictured a quilt that is about 45 x 60.

[All Hands on Deck photo from the Dear Stella Blog]

We are looking for volunteers to be in charge of the quilts and make blocks
  • 4 volunteers to be the "quilter" in charge of each of the 4 quilts. Dear Stella will ship the fabric to your house! You get to pick the block, divvy up fabric into block sets (most likely adding a neutral solid you provide), and bring the fabric packs to the August meeting to pass out to willing sewists. Participants will bring the completed blocks to the September meeting, where you will have help putting the top together and possibly basting it! You will be responsible for finishing the quilt.
  •  Lots of quilters to sew up the blocks for the 4 quilts. If you are unable to attend the August meeting, hopefully the fabric can be mailed to you, or you can pick up the fabric at the September meeting and make the block at the beginning of the meeting. 
Greek Cross Blocks

If you are interested in making blocks out of scraps for a 5th quilt, I was planning to put together a Greek Cross quilt in bright, summery colors with assorted neutral and low volume backgrounds. I'm thinking of something like this palette-- bring your blocks to the September meeting or contact me for my address--you can mail them if you won't be able to be there.
[credit: Design Seeds]
Please come to the September meeting!  

The hope is that at the September meeting, we can work together to finish up quilts, sash them (if needed) and sew together the blocks. Basting the quilts would be a bonus!!  You are more than welcome to bring your own charity quilt or pillowcases to sew to the September meeting.  Please invite your friends, in the guild and those who are not members.

We are looking for people to donate: 
  • batting for one of the 4 quilts--sewn together smaller pieces also works!
  • quilt backings -- Dear Stella will send some if they have anything at the office that coordinates, but they weren't sure.

If you would like to be one of the 4 quilters, please send me an email with your address at swimbikequilt at gmail dot com.

If you would like to make a block, or can donate supplies (or money towards supplies), please comment here!

Thanks, everyone-- Katie

p.s. This effort is happening during my annual charity quilt drive 100 Quilts for Kids. I just announced some fun prizes, so check out the post if you are interested.


  1. I'm happy to donate some batting from the large roll of Warm & Natural I bought specifically for use in charity quilts if 1 or 2 of the quilters are willing to use it! Also, I may have fabric for a back for the second one that will coordinate...I'll bring it to the August meeting to see if it would work, and, if so, I'm happy to donate it. Finally, I may have enough blocks for a pinwheel baby quilt, if someone wants to work with me to finish it, since I have no idea when I'll be able to get it done on my own!

  2. I'd love to help make blocks. I'm not sure yet if I can come to the August meeting - I might be out of town - but if not I can work with whoever is managing the quilt(s) to get the fabric or I can do it at the September meeting, as Katie suggested.

  3. I'm in for block making too! I also have a tonne of a white with blue polka dot fabric which might work for a backing. I'll bring it to the August meeting and we can see. I'll have a snoop about to see if I can make up a couple of the Greek Cross blocks too, if I have the right sorts of colours about!

  4. I'd love to sew up a few blocks! I also have loads of warm & natural batting that is gathering dust! I'd be happy to bring the roll to the August meeting. I probably won't be able to make the September mtg because of a church commitment on both the 14th and 21st.

  5. I can do some blocks! I'd love to be one of the four, but I don't think you want me in charge of finishing the binding still isn't perfect :)

    I should be at August and September meetings!

  6. i'm happy to sew blocks, and I'm pretty sure I can scrounge up the right fabrics for a greek cross or two, as well. I hope to make it to both August and September!

  7. Katie, can you clarify which version of a greek cross block you're looking for? I think I can probably scare up a few blocks on top of 7 (!) charity quilts I have planned for 100 quilts for kids so far.

    1. Hi Carla--I linked to the Greek Cross tutorial in the blog post. It is from the Fresh Lemons Quilts blog. Thanks!

  8. If you haven't decided on a charity yet, or if anyone has interest in doing larger quilts on their own, I've been in contact with a group near Tyson's looking for twin size quilts for beds. They help teens in crisis - homeless, abused, etc. Some live in their transition house, others are spread out around the area. Just another suggestion :-) contact me a terpgirl82 at if you would like more details!