Each year our quilt group, along with a local senior center, make a quilt to donate to the local chapter of Hospice. Our group pieces the quilt top. The ladies at the senior center do the hand quilting and one of the ladies sews the binding on. Then the Hospice group sells raffle tickets as a fund raiser.
for the past few years I’ve been volunteering to be in charge of organizing the work. I get to choose a pattern, purchase the fabrics and arrange work days to get the cutting and piecing done.
This year I was inspired by a quilt made by Edyta Sitar – “Coral Bells”
I liked the look of this quilt, but I’m not using Edyta’s pattern for a number of reasons. One – the size of the quilt isn’t what we need. Two – We need to have a balance between intricate design and ease of assembly. All the strip piecing to make the diamonds and then having to match all those diamond points seemed a little too difficult. So I decided on a faux diamond look using half square triangles.
Here is the mock up of the block that I made:
According to my calculations, we need to make 50 flower blocks. There is only one problem – that means there need to be 50 units made with the stem and small leaf applique. I used fusible web to attach them to the background fabric, but I also wanted a buttonhole stitch around those little pieces, just to make sure they would stay. And I only have one spool of thread that matches the green batik fabric.
So guess what I, as the the person in charge, gets to do!?!
Yep!! I am doing the buttonhole stitching around all fifty units. I’ve got 24 finished. Now it is machine buttonhole – my good ole Janome has quite a few embroidery stitches – so I’m not doing it all by hand, thankfully! But it still takes a while to maneuver around all the curves. In all good conscience, I couldn’t pick a pattern and then delegate the most difficult part to someone else, so I’m doing the applique. But that does mean that I’m going to let all the other volunteers do most of the piecing (Fair warning ladies!!)
I’ll be scheduling some work days after the Easter holidays. I’m looking forward to seeing this as a finished quilt.