by Carole Lyles Shaw, Board Member, MQG; Secretary Sarasota MQGIn late spring 2016, Carole Lyles Shaw, put out a call on Instagram and to her own personal mailing list asking for MQG members who might be interested in joining a virtual team to make a charity quilt.
Carole said: “My general idea was that members would decide on a design, make blocks and send them to her to make a completed quilt. I was looking for a way for members to connect across geography to be part of a global team.”
The Virtual Charity Quilt Team #1 [VCQT1 on Instragram] was formed with 20 members. We held a Zoom meeting to plan the design and decided on using the plus block, also known as wonky crosses. Carole created a plan with each member making three or four blocks in one of four assigned sizes. One member made a set of smaller blocks which added another scale dimension—great creativity!!
Fabric was purchased and divided up among the team and sent with detailed directions to each member. (Carole donated the funds to purchase the fabric, batting and pay for the quilting.)
Using the completed blocks, Carole created an asymmetrical layout, posting in progress photos on Instagram. Very quickly, she realized that she had more blocks than she had originally realized. Rather than make a two sided quilt, she made two Sister Quilts! The two quilts were beautifully quilted by Karlee Sandell, http://www.SewInspired2day.com.
Virtual Charity Quilt Team #1 Members are:
Carole Lyles Shaw, Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild and MQG Board Member
Leslie Wade, Dallas MQG
Cindy Marvel Emerald Coast MQG
Stephanie Houlson Individual member
Jen Broemel Indy Modern Quilt Guild
Sue Staum Lake Superior MQG
Ruthann Grace Lake Superior MQG
Robin Linnell Lake Superior MQG
Deb Westerberg Lake Superior MQG
Sandra Johnson LAMQG
Brenda Wiseman Lincoln MQG
Kristyn McCoy London MQG Canada
Paula Ramsey McKinney MQG
Tanyia Deskins Orlando MQG
Rene’ Martinez Orlando MQG
Ana Martinez Phoenix MQG
Melissa Jennings Pittsburgh MQG
Charlotte Noll South Florida MQG
Tina Davis South Sound MQG
Lisa Stahl Southern Connecticut MQG
The two finished quilts will be donated to Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS run by Quilters Dream Batting Company. They donate quilts to ALS patients and families.
Our Lessons Learned:
• Creating a virtual team is exciting!
• Use technology to have face-to-face meetings for planning. This also gives team members a chance to meet and get to know each other.
• Announce it on social media to get a wide range of participants
• Use only one fabric for negative space—this will tie the quilt together if members choose their own fabrics.
• If possible, have a locally based sub team that will have time to put the top together and make the backing.
• Ask members to donate a small amount of money to purchase the fabric, pay for postage, and if necessary, pay to have the quilting done. Gather the finds through a PayPal account.
• Allow at least 3 months for team members to make their blocks.