The next session of classes that I am teaching at Hampton University’s Life Long Learning Institute include a small quilt on basic techniques and two on appliqué .
“Once you learn to read you will be forever free.” Frederick Douglas. I included this quote on the label for this wall hanging knowing that my sister-in-law, the librarian and educator, has always loved reading; however, I did not know that Douglas was her favorite.
Making quilts, no matter the size, involves creativity, time and research. I wanted this to be special and to include the acknowledgement of the completion of her doctorate as well as the induction to her sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho. The hanging, finished size 32 X 24 is in sorority colors blue and gold. Internet provided the sorority emblem, and a fellow sorority member provided the line information.
The emblem and background is quilted with extremely fine stipple, using a sulky pearl thread. All the lettering is stitched with a matching blue thread. Added stones to embellish the piece.
I managed to keep it a complete surprise.
I have been working on items for the bi-annual family reunion of George Washington Bailey. My work is done. My first inclination was to make a t-shirt quilt since we have been ordering t-shirts over the years for each gathering. Easier said than done since family members are spread across the country. I was able to get photos of shirts to complete a wall hanging spanning 40 years of reunions. Completed project is 60 X 60 inches.
I also put together two table covers for door prizes.
This quilt was made for the Virginia Library Association Professional Associates Scholarship Raffle. Love the pattern I found in a book on quilts and slavery. Finished size 60 X 60.
Guilds have so much to offer, training, friendships, presentations, service projects, and very informative speakers. It is a must do for quilters. If you have not attended a guild meeting check one out in your area. The speaker today was Sandy Maxfield, SandyStarDesigns.com, from the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg.
Interesting tidbit, of the 98 people at the meeting about half use Facebook and online pages for informations, etc. I was the only person with a blog.
I belong to the PPQG (Peninsula Piecemakers Quilt Guild). We have a day and a night chapter which makes it convenient to attend.
The pattern is easy, but when your student says she wants to make it, you need to make sure it works. This 48 X 20 table runner was quick project. Used fat quarters from my stash and other pieces that coordinated. Free-motion stitching with varied thread.