Our church has not done any quilts for a few years, but that has all changed. Here are a few pictures of what we have been able to accomplish as a group, and this was not only women and not done on an afternoon in the summer. We are doing this as a group of Empty Nesters gathering to have a short Bible lesson, some hands on work to give back to someone else and then a bit of a snack for the ride home.
The picture here on the left shows the tables up on chairs. I tried working like that, but soon took them down. The ladies used to do this to make it easier to stand and do the work. We realized that now we are a bit more interested in sitting when we do the knotting part. The orange and yellow quilt shown in this picture is one we did up .
At the end of our first time working on the quilts, I took this batch of three home to finish up. I didn’t realize they sewed the edges first with the batting pinned on, then after it was turned and sewed shut, they did the knotting. I had no idea it could be so easy to sew it that way. Here is the procedure they taught me. Start with a topper already together. Put that on the table face up. Next put the back on the table face down. This was the trick, our toppers were smaller than the backs, so after lining them up, we had to trim to match. Next we rolled the batting onto the back and pinned all three together. We flipped them and bundled them up for me to take home and sew. I back-stitched and clipped the corners so they were secure, and a nice edge.
The one on the left has the ties on so you get an idea of how that will look. The one on the right has a very soft, almost flannel back to it. They will be nice and warm this winter. The final quilt is the one I sewed up first. This one feels really soft because of the batting. Our goal is 10 quilts this year.
I am excited that someone will be able to use them. We are doing these in memory of Irene who took the time to sew the toppers together. We have other toppers made by a few more of our members. Hopefully we will get to them in the near future. When we are all finished, I will post a picture of the entire group. For now, Happy Crafting to you!!