This project began about 18 months ago as a way to commemorate our phenomenal quilting community. I was struck by how fantastic the quilting community was when I started quilting and blogging. How great folks were at freely giving suggestions to new quilters, teaching new techniques and supporting one another. I wanted to make a quilt that honored that spirit.
I started requesting scrap donations back in spring of 2011 from quilters in blog land. I wanted a physical way to link each and every one of us, so I decided on a scrappy Irish Chain-type pattern that would allow for each person in the community to donate fabric from projects they were currently working on and I could combine them into one piece. Get it? The Irish Chain pattern was used to link (chain?) us all together. It seemed appropriate that it was an Irish chain as I discovered my love of quilting after my move to Ireland...not (oddly) while I lived in PA only a few miles from the Amish heartland. Anyway, piles and piles of fabric started to arrive from generous blog readers.
Thank you to all who contributed to this quilt, be it by continually encouraging me on this extended project, by quilting it (Miss Trudi) or by donating fabric. Thank you all so very much for making this project possible.
Name - Community Quilt
Made For - Me (selfishly) as a reminder of our wonderful quilting community.
Fabric - All 100% cotton. The background of the top and back are Kona Snow. The binding is Kona Papaya. The scrappy bits (about 1,500 of them!) are all quilting cotton donated by our quilting community members.
Thread - Pieced using a cotton cream Aurifil 50 weight. Quilted with polyester So Fine #402 cream 50/3 wt (Superior) on top and Bottom Line #620 cream 60 wt (Superior).
Batting - Hobbs Heirloom 80/20.
Size - A whopping 96x96 inches.
Quilting - Quilted by Trudi creating a chain in the colored bits and with 4 eternity symbols in each Snow
Pattern - Based on a Confetti Quilt pattern by Tea Quilts.History - You can follow the history of the Community Quilt here.
Now, for the scrappy GIVEAWAY. I have lots and lots of donations remaining. You see, I used at most 2 little squares from any one print. There is a good bit left, then. What to do? I would like to distribute them back into the quilting community. Would any of you like a FQ of scraps? Just leave a comment below saying that you would like grab bag of scraps and I will be in touch to get your mailing address, etc. The one thing I will ask is that you cover the postage to get the scraps to you. I will pack up bags in the order that folks leave comments - there should be enough for 10 or 12 of you. Thanks so much for sharing the scrappy love!