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A “Comforting” Day

This post is about our March 16th “Comfort Quilt Day” – Whoops

We brought our washed and chopped veggies. We lugged in our rotary cutters and mats.

Candid shot of one of our ‘sweatshops’

The veggies were thrown into the ‘stone’ soup pot, the cutters were humming along, cutting fabrics to make comfort quilt kits.

We do not sell the kits – members of the guild use them to work on quilts for the community, hospitals, foster children and emergency response crews. The kits, made ready to start piecing, – need no cutting, no fabric decisions, and the instructions are right there.

Another cool thing is you can help out with our signature project and only do the parts you want to do. For example, you hate quilting but love to piece quilt tops.  Just check in the kit when you’re finished piecing and someone else will do the quilting part. Almost like magic!

I didn’t know what to expect, since this was the first Comfort Quilt marathon I could attend.   There were tables and tables and more tables of fabric choices. New fabrics, old-fashioned prints, Batiks to flannel kids fabric. Little room was left open for “browsing” – there wasn’t much open floor space to be had. A Quilter’s fantasy that I’m still disappointed our photographer missed a photo-op of this impressive sight!

The meeting room also had tables set up, raised up more than usual for good cutting posture. At each table there were 2 – 3 quilters busy with their cutting mats and cutters. As you entered the room, the first table, piled high with patterns, from beginner to expert quilters. I picked out 2 – both of them easy patterns I thought I could handle.

At 11:30 the soup was ready and we all took a break to eat. I’ve got to find out what stones the cooks used to make it so delicious. I decided it wasn’t the veggies – I HATE vegetable soup.

The BEST part to me, also the toughest part, is picking out the fabrics to use for the pattern. It was fun to put fabrics with like colors together, find prints that went well with the picked ones. Find a more suitable color and swap it for a previously chosen one. It took me 2-hours to select the fabrics for one of the quilts, so I brought them home to cut. It took me about a week to get up enough guts to start cutting. Like most important tasks, getting started is the hardest part.

THEN – I couldn’t help it, but it would be so much easier to do the piecing by sewing strips together and cutting the group into blocks – a great tip I learned from a guild members “basics” class. Instead of someone having to sew every small piece together. I suspect that I could not let the kit go without my sewing part of it.

Since discovering quilting I have become very weird about fabric. It is not as bad as my yarn addiction. Yet…