Monday, April 13, 2015

MLQG Banner Update

Hand quilting of the individual blocks has begun...

More than 40 guild members made blocks for the guild's banner, and the blocks have now all been sewn together around a center panel that was made by one of the guild's founders, Mary Jane Ehlich, who passed away in August 2014. The center panel has been hand-quilted in a cross-hatch pattern by Angie Sykes, and now the rest of the banner needs to be quilted.

The plan is to allow guild members to hand quilt their own blocks, using whatever design they like, simple or complicated. The banner will be set up on a quilting frame at guild meetings and other guild events in the upcoming months, and guild members will be encouraged to quilt their blocks at these times. Thread and needles will be provided; however, guild members may bring their own if they like. If you need to, please bring a thimble of your choice. If you prefer to quilt with a small hoop, or with no hoop or frame at all, the banner can easily be taken off of the frame for that purpose.

We understand that not all guild members may make it to one of these events or may not wish to do hand quilting. Unfinished blocks will be quilted by volunteers, but we hope that most members will participate. Skill is not important here; what is important is participation by the widest number of members. The goal is to have the banner completed by September 2015. A big "Thank You" goes out to all MLQG members who have participated in making the banner, and to those who have volunteered to help finish it.

The banner will be set up for quilting at the open sewing and charity sewing sessions at the Gmeiner in April, as well as at the April guild meeting.

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