Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cut-to-Order Cuddle Quilts

My quilt guild, the Choo Choo Quilters, had a sew-in today for our community service Cuddle Quilt program. We made great progress. The goal for our Great Cuddle Quilt Quest is 51 and when these quilts are finished, we'll add 13 more to that total.
Since my team was responsible for the program, I pre-cut blocks, strips and borders for 10 quilt kits for assembly at today's workshop. I also had 3 quilt tops that required basting. Backing fabrics and batting were also supplied.
Sewing the quilt tops
Pre-cutting the blocks made efficient use of the 3 hours we had for the workshop. We hit the ground running—or sewing—and got all 10 tops sewn.
Using king size quilt batting, we were able to get about 8 cuddle quilt batts from each package. Basting goes quickly with these smaller quilts.

With Ricky Tims, Van Morrison and Sam Bush serenading us in the background, and lemonade, coffee and yummy cookies from Jackson's Bakery to sustain us, the group finished 10 tops, basted 5, quilted 3, and got batting, backing and bindings ready for the remainder. 

A job well done! We hope to see these finished quilts at an upcoming guild meeting.
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