My blog where I share my quilting experiences, and my group, Oz Comfort Quilts - quilts donated for those in need of comfort after floods, bushfires, earthquakes, and serious health challenges etc.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
A Special Quilt Donation.
This time of isolation seems to have given lots of us the opportunity to sort through UFOs and forgotten projects and thankfully some quilters have donated some of their UFOs to our bushfire quilt drive. Jo-anne Starr from Vic has decided to donate a fabulous reproduction quilt, Maltaville. The pattern is by Margaret Mew from Quilt Station and the original quilt in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, was made in 1847. Margaret drafted a pattern based on the original quilt and it measures approximately 88 inches square. There are 60 hand appliqued blocks measuring 11 inches as well as a large centre block. Jo-anne has completed 29 of the smaller blocks as well as the centre block, but she decided not to complete it and donate it instead.
Instead of an 8 x 8 setting, I've decided to make it 6 x 6 with the centre block and it will be a very special quilt to gift to someone in need. Jo-anne's blocks are beautifully made and I hope mine can do them justice.
I only need to make 3 more blocks and I will have enough to finish the quilt. This is the first one I have made and the other 2 are both prepared and ready for stitching so they should be finished soon. I'm really enjoying taking some time for hand applique again and it's a lovely change from sitting at the sewing machine, but I only hand stitch at night. If I have time during the day then I keep busy quilting tops, binding quilts etc and the pile of quilts continues to grow.
Hugs, Jan Mac