100 Quilts Project: Getting Started

My LQS is participating in something called 100 Quilts in 100 Days. I don't have a whole lot more information on it, but the plan is to make donation quilts in the summer months and then have an ingathering early in October. The quilts will be given to immigrants and refugees arriving in Philadelphia this autumn. They are also collecting knitted/crocheted hats, scarves, and mittens.

Marsha and I had swapped a bunch of 6-1/2" animal blocks and I thought that a quilt for this worthwhile project was a fine use for them. The lattice is dark blue hand-dye and the cornerstones are tiny fish on orange. I'm happy with how it turned out. I will have to look to see what I have that might make a good back for this.

When we were talking recently about the 100 Quilts project, Marsha said that she thought that the shop would have an easier time collecting baby quilts and even twin quilts but that doubles would be less forthcoming, so she was thinking that was how she was going to go.

Did I ever mention that Marsha is my model for generosity?

This morning I awoke thinking about two of the bulging Rubbermaid tubs in my studio. One contains Kaffes and the other batiks. Wanda recently posted about framed nine-patch blocks and I thought they were attractive. I also thought they would provide easy and relatively mindless sewing, something I happen to need right now. Spoke with Marsha about my idea to combine the Kaffes and batiks and she quickly jumped aboard, so now we're joint venturing. I figure 42-56 blocks are needed for a double. Those bins are pretty big and pretty stuffed. 

There will be more on this topic in the days ahead, I do believe.


Brenda said…
Good for you. I find my real fabric easier to find once I sew with the stuff I'm ready to let go off. So it is win win. Someone gets a double quilt and you move out some of your staff. and then you can play with the scraps!
Robby said…
What a terrific project, and generous plan by you and your friend. We had some missionaries stay with our church for several months after living in a tropical area and they were so grateful for the blankets they received. The cold was a challenge for them and it was expensive to just turn the heat up to where they would have liked.
Barbara Anne said…
This is an excellent project and you're well on the way to having one quilt top finished. Might there be long-arm quilters in your area who might share the task of turning these donation tops/battings/backings into quilts that are ready to trim and bind?

I look forward to seeing the Kaffe/batik quilt you create. It's bound to be joy-joy colorful!

I'm slowly making donation quilts for Jack's Basket and A Doll Like Me as those are small enough that I can machine quilt them myself. Humble quilting it is, but the layers of the quilt won't fall apart. ;)

Quiltdivajulie said…
Kudos to your quilt shop for organizing such a worthwhile effort - and kudos to YOU and Marsha for participating in a meaningful manner. The fabric is really only good to be used -- we really don't need to store it forever (as I keep telling myself).
Janet O. said…
I appreciate how many worthy people and causes are the recipients of your quilting efforts. Good use of your animal blocks here, and I think the framed 9-patch is going to be taken up a notch in the batiks and Kaffes.
Shasta Matova said…
That is a pretty quilt - the sashing is perfect to tie the blocks together.