by Elizabeth Busscher, Vice President, 2015
First off, please let me say how proud I am of all the members who contributed to this quilt. When I proposed this project, I got some grumblings from the group. Apparently, improv quilting is not our favorite! But, I think we all can agree – the end product was totally worth it!
To prepare for this challenge, our guild reviewed some basic improv techniques by watching the MQG webinar “Improv with Intent” and discussing how we as individuals could create blocks that were improvisational, but still form a cohesive quilt. We decided a quilt with six individual blocks, each with its own theme would work best for our group.
At our September meeting, we brainstormed the themes for each block, all to be captured under the umbrella “Postcards from North Carolina.” The six ideas represented are:
- Charlotte City
- State bird/flower
From there the guild broke up into six teams and created individual postcards. This was a great program for our guild as it allowed for sewing time, and time to get to know other members. We also very quickly learned who was not a fan of unstructured cutting and sewing – me for one! It was definitely a challenge for some of us. Others had issues with the limited color palette, but we all got over our fears quickly.
At the October meeting, we revealed each group’s finished block. It was wonderful to see those piles of fabric turn into six finished blocks. A big thanks to Keleigh for taking all the blocks home and making them into the finished quilt top. (And for free piecing all those letters!)
And another big thanks to Vicki for quilting and binding. It looks amazing!
When this quilt returns from the show, we plan to vote on a charity that will receive it. I’m sure whoever the final recipient is will treasure it. I know I’m honored to have been part of the group who made it.