Monday, April 14, 2014

April Work Day

Another great day of quilting and fellowship for Hope Quilters.  Another work day in pictures.

Our "Hope Star" quilt, made with the Ohio Star blocks, on it's way to Bible camp auction.

Here's a bright, fun quilt Chris is making from a new pattern.  Can't wait to see the full quilt top.

Fussy cutting beautiful fabric.  These will make a great quilt.

Left-over strips are used for yet another quilt.  And kits have been made for several more.  We'll have to wait for another work day to see these quilts take shape.

Look what happens to our scraps and small pieces of fabrics.

It's pieced and quilted, now the binding goes on.

There is always handwork to be done.  Sharon is sewing the binding down after it's been added to the quilt.  A label will also be attached and then this quilt will be complete and ready for distribution to one of our missions - perhaps the ASP mission trip in June.

These are two of the most recent Ghana altar cloths made for the first churches built in Ghana. They are sewn with fabrics from both Ghana and the U.S.

Here are three beauties - gorgeous flowers, blue and yellow are always pretty, and pastels make up this trio of quilts.

What do quilters do with fabric that is printed for a cloth book?  We cut it into blocks and make a quilt out of it.  This is a child's quilt with the Noah's Ark story on the top.  What a wonderful way to put a child to sleep at nap time or night, reading the story together.

A new project has begun, making quilts for the beds in Hope Village in Ghana.
Another group at LCOH will be making curtains for the same rooms in Hope Village.
Four blocks out of twelve have been made for this quilt.  
We'll have more pictures from the May and June Hope Quilters Work Days. 

At the end of the day, look at the scraps - tiny pieces that are from the selvages and other edges of the fabrics when we cut pattern blocks for the quilts.  What do we do with this pile of unusable scraps?
Well, they're not unusable - they go to My Brothers' Keeper - a charitable organization that makes "Ugly Quilts" - sleeping bags for the homeless.  These tiny scraps are put into pillows that are given with the sleeping bags.  And if there are fabrics donated to Hope Quilters that are not suitable for making quilts, those are also given to charitable organizations such as MBK to be used.  Nothing gets tossed.  If you are cleaning out fabrics from your closet, or from your great aunt's home, please consider Hope Quilters.  All of our quilts are made with donated cotton quilting fabrics.

It was a very good work day.  See you next month - May 10th, 8:30 a.m., Room 212.

Hope Quilters Retreat Weekend

A few photos of the Hope Quilters and guests who had a fun weekend quilting together March 28th and 29th.  The retreat is held right here at Lutheran Church of Hope.  We have a large room to accommodate a large group of quilters.  Of course there is plenty of food snacks and we order in sandwiches or pizza for actual meals.  Be sure to sign up for the next retreat, scheduled for the weekend of August 1st and 2nd.

March Work Day

Everyone hard at work making the quilts for our missions -

Noah's Ark quilt top.  Now to quilt it and get it off to a child in one of our missions.

A very pretty quilt in progress -

Selecting fabrics is one of the first steps in creating our beautiful quilts.

The pattern has been picked out, the quilt top is beginning to be pieced.

We also continue to make altar cloths for the earlier churches built for Ghana the past several years.  We're using fabrics from Ghana and the U.S. in combination to make these altar cloths which are delivered to Ghana by the mission teams from LCOH.  These are the latest group completed.