When looking for a place to live and raise our families we seek out communities that have opportunities for a better quality of life. What does that mean? Well, it could mean what matters to us most might be better schools, shorter commute time, a local swimming pool, youth sports, good churches, growing economy, better government, better roads, a good library system, social service clubs, or even a quilt guild. I’m fairly certain that last one wasn’t on too many radars, but it is mine.
The Algonquin Guild had a challenge this year to create baby blankets for the NICU unit at Advocate Sherman Hospital. It is always our mission for our philanthropic work to create these quilts every year, but this year we may have gone over the top a little. The challenge was to bring a full yard of fabric already cut into 2 1/2″ strips and share them with other members of the guild. We were then to take our strips home and create a baby blanket for November’s meeting. I think we did a pretty good job of it. Out of the 27 members that participated in the challenge 23 baby blankets were returned. GET OUT you say? Take a good look at these…and these.
I should note that we will be giving them around 70 baby blankets this year. That’s just fantastic.
This had to be one of our most productive evenings. That lovely “Great American Quilt” that I’ve been writing about, we pulled the ticket and one of our own members won. That doesn’t happen often. Carlene Mueller won. She is one of our most ardent quilters. She has approximately 40 years of quilting and 20 years in the guild. We love to see her applique work.
We also had the opportunity to learn how to do hand quilting. Three of our members showed us how to quilt by hand. A bit thank you to Sue, Carol and Carlene.
Last but not least our Block of the Month we are doing with Blogger Girls II. We adding the setting blocks next. Tough little “line-me-up” matey project but sure looks nice. Lookin pretty fancy I’d say.
All said, it was a very productive meeting. If you’re interested in joining we meet the fourth Thursday of the month. Our new year starts in January and we meet at the Algonquin Congregational church. Check us out on Facebook (that’s us on the cover page with the baby blankets) or visit our site AlgonquinQuilters.com