Monday, August 26, 2013

It's Sew Rewarding

I love hearing from quilters and sewers who have finished a project using one of my patterns. Today, I received an e-mail from the Southwest Florida Quilter's Guild in Ft. Myers, Florida. The Guild was founded in 1993 and has about 200 members. Here's what Lyn Bruner, Chair, Community Service Committe had to say:

"On Saturday, Aug. 17 (2013) from 10 am - 3 pm, the Southwest Florida Quilter's Guild held its monthly Fun Day where members and guests are invited to participate in a planned activity and/or use the time to work on their own projects. It's a wonderful time to socialize with other quilters, find solutions to quilting challenges, or use the meeting room to lay out projects since many of our members' retirement homes don't have that kind of space.
The Community Service Committee organized the Aug. 17 activity using your Building Blocks pattern. 

Strips were pre-cut using an AccuQuilt Studio fabric cutter. Twenty-plus attendees (including two teenagers) received minimal instruction, selected their strips and proceeded to assemble one row at a time. Another member cut the rows into blocks while a third assisted participants with selecting from the variety of blocks to assemble each row in keeping with the pattern's suggested layout.  We completed 5 tops that day!

Other members volunteered to take the tops home to finish. Completed quilts will be included in our annual donations to the local Lee County Public Schools Head Start program in September. 

Thank you for allowing us to use your Building Blocks pattern. We had a great time."

Lyn also shared a few photos from their Fun Day.

The Building Blocks pattern is available as a FREE download at my pattern store on Craftsy. There you will find all of my other patterns for quilts, table settings, and tote bags. Here's the link:
You can read more about this pattern in a previous blog entry for 2010--"Quilts for Han Thomas and Hunter." Look in the 2010 blog archives.

If you are looking for an easy design for charity quilts, "Building Blocks" is the perfect pattern--easy enough for beginners, great for anyone to piece! Please feel free to download and reproduce it as needed for your guild or group.

Thanks again, Lyn for using the pattern and sharing the experience. It makes my heart sing to know that Building Blocks quilts will go to a good home!
To learn more about the guild, go to:

Until next time, 
Keep sewing and smiling!