Featured Member Quilts: April 12

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We always love seeing, at 24 Blocks, quilts made for charity, especially for people who have lost everything in disasters. So many of us have “been there” and know how something hand-made in a time of anguish can mean a great deal. Martha Plante posted this photo. She writes,

“Quiltmade from Kim Brackett’s Scrap Basket Surprises (Christmas Ribbons pattern) for Hurricane Sandy 5000 quilt projects by equilter.com. My 3 friends & I (first on left)…Itwas really fun. My fabrics are metallics & asians & leaves, Virginia & Renee (right side of picture) are small floral & retro, and Steph (Tall biker gal) are modern and it all worked!”

Yes, it worked. And we can tell from the smiles that the work you all did is something truly memorable. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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Amanda Curtiss writes that this is her most recent quilt, her eighth, and that it is for her Mom and Dad. It has been very popular with our readers and Amanda was good enough to share information about her Pinwheel and Irish Chain creation. She writes,

“Thenine patch in the center is one inch finished and the four patch is oneand a half inch finished with three inch finished solids. I made this from a picture I found in a book but www.connectingthreads.com has a very similar pattern now called whirl-a-gig.”

One of our readers, Sonia, also gave a great suggestion that many of us may want to follow. She says,

“Besure to take a picture of your quilts … then even when they are givenaway, you still have a record of your efforts. Include the pattern or ideas used to generate the artistic efforts … just in case someoneasks about its construction or if you want to make another. I have a portfolio of nearly every quilt I have made since 1999 … and included who received the quilt. All is valuable information.

We really agree with Sonia. Keeping record of what we’ve done is like an artist’s portfolio…because quilters are artists. It’ll not only help us remember what we did and how, but also will provide inspiration to others when they read it. It’s a type of living history.

Thanks, Amanda, for posting your lovely work and Sonia and all our other readers who have commented.

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If anyone needs inspiration to start quilting, to “just do it!”, this is it! Sue March writes that her Mother, many years ago when she was in her 70’s, decided to try quilting. Yes, her first quilt when she was in her 70’s. And she made this large “Cathedral Windows”. It now hangs in her Granddaughter’s dining room.

So… if anyone you know thinks they are too old to start….show them this! Thank you, Sue!

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Bethany Mcleish made this “Log Cabin” to be donated to her local “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. One very nice thing about this quilt is that each piece of teal fabric in it was donated by someone at Bethany’s place of work.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international organization to raise awareness about the causes, effects and rememdies for sexual assault and domestic violence. Thank you, Bethany, for sharing your contribution with us, especially showing us how friends and co-workers assisted.

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Ok, it’s not Caterday yet, but we can’t resist vintage sewing machines either! This is Kathleen Castillo‘s “Valentina” (the cat, not the machine!). Now, Kathleen, you have to tell us the history of that machine….

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