by Kathy Dunkle, President
The Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild first met as a Guild in January of 2016. In early 2017, one year after our creation, we are very proud to be sharing with you our first ever QuiltCon Charity Quilt. From a guild meeting brainstorming session to cutting and sewing days to quilting and binding the LMQG members have generously shared their time and talents to bring this quilt to life.
The brainstorming session produced many sketches and ideas based on the landscape and culture of Lancaster County, PA. This area has a very old tradition of Amish quilting and many of the designs members came up with reflected a modern twist on this tradition. The final design chosen was our interpretation of an Amish bars quilt, inspired by the tidy rows of farm fields. The quilting was inspired by rolling hills and creeks that are found throughout the county. Thus the quilt, Modern Bars, was created.
Once the sketch of the quilt was finalized and dimensions completed a trip was made to The Old Country Store in Intercourse, PA. The Old Country Store has been instrumental in helping the LMQG get started and generously donated the material for this quilt. An evening of cutting fabric was held at the Lancaster, PA JoAnn Fabrics store. Chairperson of the 2017 QuiltCon Charity Quilt, Lori Berquist, then sorted the cut fabric into baggies and distributed the fabric to excited guild members at the next few guild meetings. The members took home the fabric and worked their quilting magic to create amazing squares.
When all the squares were returned a group met at The Christiana House. The Christiana House is a retreat house owned by The Quilt Ledger (just across the street) in Christiana, PA and was opened to the Guild for the day to lay out the blocks and piece the strips. The Quilt Ledger is another local quilt store that has been extremely supportive of the LMQG. By the end of that sew day the quilt had really taken shape!
After the quilt top was completed it was sent to be long-armed at North Star Longarm Quilting, where guild member Cindy Carey, in consultation with Lori Berquist and Carrie Strine, chose a quilting design and completed the quilt. The quilt was then passed off to member Andee McKenica who finished hand stitching the binding.