Monday, May 27

Quilt Update

My quilting group, the Strip Piecers, had some good news this week. A quilt we had made together was recently auctioned at the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale in Ontario for over $2000!

It all started with this:


The challenge was to each make 6 blocks in black and white fabrics with a touch of the fat quarter of a teal fabric we were given by Anne.

Pretty soon we had these:


And these:


And Anne put them together like this at a quilting retreat:


The blocks were about 12", and with 88 blocks all together, this is a very big quilt! A black border was added, and then it was passed over to Bonnie, who machine quilted it on her long arm machine.


Once it was completed, it was shipped to Ontario, where it was advertised for the sale:


And then auctioned off this past weekend in New Hamburg, Ontario


It was sent to the Ontario sale because quilts are generally able to generate higher donation values there. It's nice to know our group effort raised this nice sum for the Mennonite Central Committee relief efforts around the world.

13 comments:

  1. Wow, wow and wow! I am so impressed. Teal is probably my favorite color and I love it paired this way with the black and white. Not all "sampler" quilts actually work but this one does in spades!

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    1. Thanks Idaho Beauty! I totally agree about sampler quilts not always working, but I do like this one. Black and white with one other colour works quite well too--I've seen purple, red and pink too, and all looked great!

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  2. How wonderful. Congratulations to your group. I thought only quits made by the Mennonites were auctioned. I didn't know people could donate quilts.

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    1. Thanks Dolores. Our quilt group is actually made up of Mennonites. Being Mennonite is being part of a certain faith group http://home.mennonitechurch.ca/beliefs and not of particular ethnic origins. However, you don't have to be a Mennonite to donate quilts or any other items. They will only auction the better quality quilts, and others will be sold for a fixed price instead.

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    2. http://reliefsales.mcc.org/

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  3. Very beautiful quilt! It's such a satisfying feeling with things come together like that.

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    1. Thanks Andrea! You said it perfectly. Group projects don't always turn out, but this one is certainly a successful example.

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  4. Wow, that is a beautiful piece! I love the color scheme! Congratulations, that's so exciting! :)

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    1. Thanks Heidi! I'm just reminded of your last outfit post where you wore black & white with a splash of pink (it was very cute)--you can apply the same principles to quilting and fashion!

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  5. So beautiful Laura. And what a wonderful project to be a part of.

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    1. Thanks Tawny! It's nice to give back once in a while.

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  6. Beautiful! I have never seen anything as lovely as this quilt!

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    1. Thanks Anonymous! We were pretty happy with how it turned out!

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