More than 40 quilt makers, sewists and givers have made blocks, volunteered quilting services, donated batting and contributions for sashing fabric to help in the effort create Comfort Quilts for Corporal Nate Carrigan’s loved ones, Captain Mark Hancock and Master Patrol Deputy Kolby Martin (Previous Story Here).
The first Comfort Quilt top is nearly complete and more quilt-alongs are slated. We’ve backer/binding/border fabric for this first quilt thanks a generous donor. A few more folks, self-proclaimed “non-crafters”, who have asked for ways to get involved with the quilts now have the opportunity to help.
Please keep reading to find out specifics regarding gifting backer/binding/border fabric.
Working on the quilt was humbling. Seeing all the various fabrics block makers selected and knowing each block was lovingly made and sent was tremendously moving. I feel so honored to be a part of the effort to piece the blocks and help finish the quilts with others who share in the hope of providing a bit of comfort to those who have given so very much. I know all who contributed share in this hope.
The first Comfort Quilt-along was at the home of Denese Marshall, truly one of the most generous souls I’ve ever met. Denese will be hosting four more quilt-alongs and will long-arm each quilt. The use of her accu-cutter greatly aided in our progress to prep the sashing. Denese also made thread and machines available. Denese is a patient expert quilter, and former first grade teacher, who took time to help consider and guide the process.
My sister Vicki Bruno (my quilting mentor, the woman who got me into quilting about a year ago) lent her organizational, sewing and composition expertise.
In addition to quilt block makers, we’ve been blessed with “angel givers” — people who have contributed batting, donations for sashing and one order has already been placed for the backing/border/binding of the first quilt.
We are hoping to receive three more direct fabric contributions of 3.75 yards (each a whole piece) to cover remaining needs for backing/border and binding.
We’ve selected a fabric to marry the quilt design and various blues, details here. If you would like to make a fabric contribution, please let me know so we can coordinate efforts and not over-order.
Comfort Quilt-Alongs are scheduled for April 7 & 8 and May 13 & 14. 10AM-5PM each day. Come for the day or as time permits. Space is limited, please RSVP to Denese via email at your earliest opportunity: firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to indicate when you’re able to join the Quilt-Alongs. Bring a sack lunch and ask Denese what tools (rotary, machine, etc) you may need to bring.
Thanks so very much to all who have given a piece of their hearts to aid in the creation of the Comfort Quilts. We will post pictures of the completed quilts after gifting.
Special Note: The Golden Quilt Company extended a 10% discount for our white on white sashing fabric. Thanks Nancy!
God created, sew should we. [Creative Joy = Therapy = Undeniable Rippling Effects.] Our stories as makers are valuable. [Life is humbling. Sharing our journeys is uplifting and productive.]