This blog post is a big "THANK YOU!" to our amazing Austin MQG members! Of course, it's no surprise that everyone pulled together to support our friend and fellow guild member Heather as she continues her courageous fight to beat cancer!
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to collect $175 to gift Heather Grant with a Greenling's Gift Certificate! It's good to know that we will have played a small part in Heather's fight. Greenling's is a local organic/clean-food grocery that delivers to your home. Our gift will make a direct impact to Heather's strict cancer-fighting diet.
In addition to feeding the body, we all know the importance of feeding the soul. For our group, that can only mean one thing - making a quilt! Using Heather's Fiesta Ware collection as color-inspiration, and Alissa Haight Carlton's Modern BOM for July 2011, hosted by Sew Mama Sew. Margaret Udell cut and packaged block kits for anyone who wanted to sew a block or two. The kits were distributed in May and collected in June. Blocks were trimmed, arranged and pieced into a fabulous quilt top. Many people also made a signature block for the back...additional blocks were made to make sure that everyone who participated in the quilt project was included.
|Kim and Margaret hard at work!|
When the quilt top and back were done, the wonderful Laura Brown volunteered her longarm services to add gorgeous quilting! The edge to edge pattern is called Stacked Snails and is reminiscent of the concentric circles seen on Fiesta Ware.
|Laura's working her magic!|
When the quilt was all finished, we were thrilled to share it with the Guild at the July meeting. The following week, there was an opportunity to present the gift to Heather. Heather tells us that the quilt has been officially awarded the 'morning snuggles' seal of approval! It doesn't get much better than that!
|Heather and her Fiesta Quilt|
|Here's a shot of the wonderful quilt back - with Gina Pina's famous ATX block!|
A huge, heartfelt thank-you to everyone who contributed to the success of this project. Bobbi and Claire for helping to get the word out, Mitzi for setting up the special PayPal link for the Greenling's gift and Margaret of Form and Fabric for her very generous contribution of all the fabric needed to make the quilt - as well as putting together an awesome post on her blog!
But wait! There's more! Kim Place for piecing the top, Laura Brown for her thoughtful and generous gift of quilting (and batting!), Gina Pina for making the Austin MQG logo block and to Jill Ivie for her mad binding skills...under a tight deadline, no less! And let's not forget all of our wonderful block-makers! THANK YOU!
I'm so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization. I look forward to being a part of our continued efforts to make positive and caring contributions to our community!