Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Comfort Quilt time

Last week was another Gig Harbor Comfort Quilt Project day, and this pink and green beauty is the first Comfort Quilt made by Kathleen. She quilted it beautifully, scattering it with uplifting words like "Starshine."

Kathleen had fun with the quilting, including the word "Starshine."
The Gig Harbor Quilters had a sew-in at our August guild meeting where we sewed strips diagonally onto telephone book pages to make blocks for Comfort Quilts. That's what started Kathleen on her quilt, and we continued with the same theme here:

Four or five of us worked for hours on these blocks made mainly with soft shades of apricot, green and beige. All of the quilts are donated to local breast cancer patients undergoing treatment.

As the blocks came together, we tried a few design ideas. We'll have to wait until next month to sew the blocks together, and then some lucky person will get to tear off all the paper foundations. That'll be a good movie project for a rainy night.

Other photos from the day:

Having too much fun at the cutting mat.
Note the chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Some finished tops:

It's always touching when we receive a thank you note, and here's part of one that we just received:

"Oh my goodness, it is just beautiful! It is a perfect size and weight and it went with me to my first treatment on Aug. 13. I use it also as my cuddle blanket any time I need a little something extra. The gift literally made me cry. ... I never knew there were groups that work so hard and donate such beautiful items to people such as me."

 Have a colorful day


tiedyejudy said...

They are lovely, Sherrie! I'm not too up on quilting techniques, but I think using phone book pages for your paper piecing makes great sense! And what a lovely note from a recipient of your group's work...

Robbie said...

Colors are wonderful!!! Nice post!! Love the peach/pink/greens the best!

Judy Ferguson said...

Our guild did this also and had some pretty interesting patterns come from it. Each person sewed their strips on copy paper. Our phone books are pretty small.

The Idaho Beauty said...

I was trying to figure out why I liked the starshine one so much. And then I realized it was because the blocks are rectangular, not square, making for a diamond shape where we usually see just a square on point. Don't know why I find it so much more appealing, but I do. Nice job, ladies!