The Seattle Modern Quilt Guild and Clothworks are collaborating on a charity quilt!! I am pretty excited to have such a wonderful group of dedicated quilters working on a project for a local charity in Seattle. Monday night, I had the honor to be a guest at their guild meeting. It is a really wonderful group of gals and they have been tasked with using the little bundles of fabric you see above (thanks to one of the members for cutting and tying all those little beauties) into square/rectangle blocks that are anywhere from 6.5″ to 12.5″ wide and long. The only other guideline is that the blocks are meant to be modern in character and Katie Pedersen read the most recent definition of modern quilting that the national Modern Quilt Guild has formulated. Defining is tough business, so the national board has been chewing on and reorganizing their definition since they came up with it. If you’re interested in this process, you can read more about it here.
The quilt itself will come together some time this summer when the Seattle members get together in July to bring their finished blocks. I think they handed out 32 bundles or thereabouts so that sounds like more than one quilt to me if they use sashing! I can’t wait to see what they make. I love seeing Bee-style quilts for their variation an a theme and to see different character blocks unified by a theme or set of colors. This quilt will be donated to the Genesis Project.
The Seattle Modern Quilt is always welcoming new members and membership comes with some serious perks. They organize sew-ins at shops and studios around the area–some are free, some cost a small fee. It sounds like some of the sew ins even offer machines, most offer ironing boards and cutting mats AND you get to take advantage of the good company and significant expertise of the other attendees. They organize quilt shows for the guild and retreats, too.
And, for those readers elsewhere, the parent Modern Quilt Guild website provides resources about guilds around the world.
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