quaddict wrote:I run a quilt group at my church. We have a meeting once a month and I present the pattern for a different block every time, trying to do different interesting techniques so it stays interesting. We agree on a basic color scheme and make it from our own scraps between meetings. Then once in a while we get together and put all the matching blocks together into quilt tops. Our biggest challenge is getting them quilted as I have only a regular machine and not all the time in the world to do the quilting. No one else seems able to quilt them either. When we do manage to get them quilted the smaller ones go to The Ronald McDonald Houses here in out area and the larger ones are donated, along with a matching pillow case or tote bag, to the foster care organization in our county. They like to have quilts to give the foster kids that BELONGS TO THEM that they can take with them if they have to move to give them a sense of place and ownership.
So any ideas for getting quilts quilted faster? I have recruited volunteer long armers from the local guild for two tops and the mother of a church member did a couple for us before she go t busy over the holiday but I hate to rely on the same people all the time. I would love to turn our tops out faster.
lbosma wrote:I am part of a similar church based ministry. We meet once a week, 9 months out of the year (so as to miss those busy holidays and ultra cold weather). We are prolific gifting about 200 quilts a year. *The key to our speed is using a non-bound "birthing" stitch and turn right-side out method and then tying our quilts. We probably actually quilt and bind about 10 quilts a year. Admittedly, *this type of finishing is not heirloom quality, however we truly expect our quilts to be used and consumed-used up and we are OK with that. What a blessing you are doing to provide quilts to those in need.
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