My father used to tell me that the older you get the faster time flies. Well, in that case, I guess I’m getting really old, because the last 6 weeks have just flown by! After attending AQS shows in Syracuse (where I spent time with good friends and had a wonderful time) and Grand Rapids (which was also a wonderful show), I came home and everything just got away from me! While I was off in Syracuse, my friend Debbie Weber was kind enough to pick up quilts that had been finished up by the generous and talented members of the Northern Illinois Longarm Guild (NILAG). Also, I received quilts from several other quilters in other states, including Melissa Snyder, Sue Joos and Rebecca Walker, and I took some time to finish up a couple of tops that Carol Egan from the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild sent us.
So, for your viewing pleasure, we have a colorful display of lovely quilts. Most of them are attributed to both the quilter and piecer (where they are different people), but some of them became separated from their labels somewhere along the way, so if you see anything that you recognize that we attributed incorrectly, please let us know so we can correct the attribution. To see the attribution, hover your cursor over thumbnail, and to see a close-up of the quilt, please click on the thumbnail.
First, quilts from NILAG. Some of these were tops kitted up with backing and batting, mostly received from piecers at the IQF. A few were quilted by the piecer, but because the orphanages and places where these quilts are sent often have very tough laundry conditions, we asked the NILAG members to add some of their magic to the quilts to ensure they would be rugged enough to withstand the toughest of conditions. And several of these quilts were both pieced and quilted by these great ladies! NILAG quilters who quilted these quilts included Carol Paxton, Judith White, Sally S., Nancy Sturgeon, Erica B, and another quilter who remains anonymous. Piecers included Jill, Betsy, Linda, Meredith, and Susie (all from the quilters of the Episcopal Church of Saint James the Less in Northfield, IL) and Quilting for Christ from the First Baptist Church of Hurst, Texas.
Next are quilts by Melissa Snyder. Piecers include Quilting for Christ, Linda Cadzow, and Jill from St. James the Less.
The following quilts were made by Sue Joos:
These quilts were quilted by Rebecca Walker. Rebecca’s signature on all the quilts she makes is the fuchsia and black square that is different from the rest of the squares in the quilt.
The final two quilts were made by Carol Egan and quilted by me.
Ladies, thank you all very much for creating these beautiful quilts! Some of these will be headed in the immediate future to Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle where they will packed into containers and taken to Jordan to be given to Syrian refugee children in trauma centers. The remainder are likely headed to either Guatemala to a Downs Syndrome school, or they will be headed to the Forgotten Navajo People of the Bennett Freeze area. I know the children who receive them will treasure them for their warmth and beauty!