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Feb 3 / Dani

Austin Children’s Shelter Donation Quilt

Way back, months and months ago, the Modern Quilt Guild put out a challenge to create blocks that represented the MQG and the upcoming Quiltcon in Austin at the end of this month. Blocks that were selected from the group have been added to a quilt that they are going to raffle off at Quiltcon. (You can see some details about that here, and you can see that my quilt block was chosen – it’s the one that says “MQG” on the bottom left).

Those blocks that were not chosen were sent out to different branches the MQG that had offered to put them together as donation quilts for the Austin Children’s Shelter. We agreed as a guild this would be a fun thing to work on and sent off for our blocks.

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This is the set of blocks that we got, randomly stuck up on the design wall at Lindsay’s quilting studio. To be honest, I think we were all a little worried about how it was going to come together! Whitney and Nicole made some additional blocks to fill up the space, and we decided to meet up at Lindsay’s house to put everything together.

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You can see we enjoyed ourselves with a wee bit of wine and some good company. We decided to lay out the blocks in rows, and then add random widths of sashing between the blocks to make the rows the same length.

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Once we did that, we added horizontal sashing in between the rows. I took the quilt top home from there, and added some wide grey borders to bring the quilt up to size.

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Lindsay was kind enough to quilt it for us on her longarm, which is a huge time saver. Check out the cute little stars pattern we chose!

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We figured that was “kid” enough, and it also tied to Roanoke quite well.

Once it was quilted, I took it home again and trimmed the edges, added the orange binding, washed it up and tada!

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I am really pleased with how it turned out in the end, as was our group!

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The top blocks include some lovely log cabin blocks that Whitney made,

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and the bottom includes Nicole’s pezzie star (second from the bottom on the right). We added a little label in the bottom corner too, with the info about the quilt.

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The pale mint green thread that Lindsay picked for the quilting was perfect. Just a bit more interesting that plain white or grey.

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Hopefully it will keep some kids warm and cuddly at a difficult time. I am so proud of our guild for our first big group project!!

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