On my post last week, I told you that I opened my mouth at my quilting group meeting and out came the words, “Who would like to help me make some boots?” That was December 17th and then I promptly left for two weeks to spend Christmas in North Dakota.
My plan was to make a quilt or two for our group’s Old Fashioned Country Hoedown and quilt auction on January 29th. There wasn’t much time but I knew if I had help I could get it done.
And help I got!! Luckily, two gals stepped forward and took the boot blocks, finished the tops, and machine sewed on the binding after the quilting.
Jean sewed all the friendship stars and Pam sewed this first quilt together.
Excitement was growing in our group over this quilt project and the upcoming Hoedown fundraiser. Many members wanted to make boots so we offered another version of it. This time, to keep the blocks cohesive in the quilt, Jean cut the background and heel pieces from the same fabrics and distributed the little kits to our interested members. In the meantime, Pam found the perfect border fabric in her stash and members used it as a focus fabric when selecting colors for their boots.
The boots piled in.
I made these beauties. The backgrounds are identical but sure don’t look like it on the pictures.
We received enough boot blocks to make this quilt larger. Jean sewed the blocks together to make the top and pieced a lovely back. Sadly, no one took a picture of the back. Trust me, it was perfectly lovely.
To add interest and use up more blocks sewn by our members, Jean pieced the back with a row of 4 boots and then sewed on the binding once it was quilted.
The quilt was beautiful! It finished 50″ x 70″. Two of our members, Flo and Sheila, quilted it on the group’s longarm.
The boots kept coming
I knew we were having a Country Store at the Hoedown which needed things to sell. Placemats seemed like the perfect item.
So I sewed the extra boots into placemats by adding a friendship star to represent the spur. The makers generously gave extra fabric so stars could be added.
I made friendship stars and sewed two of the boot blocks into a small table runner.
Just 9 days before our auction, I went to our quilt meeting armed with those finished tops and asked for help in quilting and binding them.
Every item was picked up by members and all but a couple were returned in a week all nicely done.
However, I failed to tell you earlier on this post or on the last post, I had another block pattern which I called “Bricks” that I also presented and asked for help in making at the same meeting. Yes, we had another quilt project going at the same time. But that story requires a whole separate post.
What I Learned Today:
- Some things are priceless; such as working together as a group.
- Take pictures early because later could be too late. In other words, don’t put things off because later may not come.
- When a group of women put their hearts and hands together they can accomplish a lot!
- If four women are working on a quilt layout, one gets four different opinions on how it should look.
Questions: Have you ever been to a quilt auction or worked with a group making a group quilt? Last spring, I approached my committee with this idea but was turned down. “You’ll have a mess.” “Everyone sews differently.” “No one would help and you’d end up doing it yourself.” Needless to say, I had great response when I decided to go ahead on my own and if it turned into a disaster it would be my disaster. Everything went well and I had lots of help!
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