Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project Update

Update! –
If you are finding this post in January 2019,
please click on
2019 Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project
for the latest information on the 2019 Project.

Blocks and support are coming in already from all over the US and even Canada and England for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin, Vermont, Missouri, Minnesota, South Carolina and North Carolina are all represented so far.  Some have come in over the past month, and more came on Monday and Tuesday.  The first NC Guild to take up the challenge is Ashe County Quilt Guild!!  Thank you, Kathy, for your guild’s participation.

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The blocks are wonderful, great contrasts between darks and lights.  I have kept every one of your nice notes too.

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More blocks came with stunning jewel tones and lovely prints!

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Backside Fabrics sent these wonderful wide backs for our project.  It is so nice not to have to deal with backing seams, and these fabrics are fabulous.

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One of the packages had a full size top already assembled by Toni S.  Thank you so much!

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It is on the frame and I have begun the quilting for it.

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For this one I am using Glide thread in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin, with a pantograph called Fascination by Lorien.

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I want to thank Lesley G who sent a monetary donation as she is in England and it didn’t make sense to ship blocks.  Thank you, Lesley, your donation paid for part of a thread order of a cone of King Tut thread and a cone of Bottom Line bobbin thread.

Brenda B sent a full size flimsy as well, so I’ll have another one ready to load when I finish Toni’s up this week.

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I got an email last week from a longarm quilter, Sylvia in Mississippi, who is willing to quilt a top and then bind it and ship it to Wilmington.  I think I have her matched up with a group to do a quilt.  If you are a longarm quilter and can provide quilting services, binding and shipping, please let me know.  There may be more people that need the quilting done for tops they can make.  If you need this part to finish, let me know and I will try my best to match up quilters with longarmers near each other.

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What a great start!  Let me thank everyone who has sent blocks so far – Kaholly, Linda B, Stephanie W, Kate S, Linda M and Mary Sue R, Donna W,
Jeanne M, Pat A, Jeane G, Nancy K, Elaina G, Mary Ann L, Dawn F, Edy J.

A special thank you to Darlene of Quilt Shop Gal who is donating this gorgeous Sunflower Garden quilt of Henry Glass fabrics to the project!  She will be shipping it directly to Wilmington.

Please help get the word out for the project by sharing with your friends, letting your local guild know, and posting on your blog.  We have lots of time, this project will go on for months.  The charities will take any size, however I hope quilts made specifically for this project will be full size or larger, as each household can only receive one quilt, the need is too great.  Traditional quilt patterns, modern quilt patterns, panels with added borders, or anything you have made would be great.  See the original post for shipping addresses.

If you or your quilt group are planning to make a quilt or better yet several quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, please let me know in the comments.  You do not have to make this pattern to be a part of this drive, whatever you choose would be fine.  I am quite sure that some were already underway before learning of my challenge, and I’d love to know about everyone’s plans and progress.  The Durham Orange County Quilters are helping out with quilts sent directly to several families they have identified through guild members.  Feel free to post links to your groups, too.

Can you help spread the word?  Is your guild getting involved?

17 thoughts on “Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project Update

  1. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    Carole, thanks for the update. I’m sorry to say I don’t have any blocks done YET, but hope to make a few for you. I would also like to offer my services to quilt one. You can let me know the details when you have one ready for me!

  2. What a great start for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project. Thank you for coordinating this. I will happily help with PR. So many people were sadly negatively impacted by the hurricane in Carolina and a good quilty hug is very much needed.

  3. ANN D

    I’ve asked my little sewing group to make blocks and will be mailing them off to you in two weeks. Thank you for making this happen.

  4. Patricia Evans

    I’ve started pulling colors for my blocks. I didn’t have much precut in 4.5 and 5″ strips or blocks, so I’m diving into the larger scrap junks to find the right colors. And I know I’ve told you before, but thanks for spearheading another wonderful giving project. I have a hard time making complete quilts to give, but blocks are very achievable. I don’t have a longarm either, so the quilting process can be a challenge with larger quilts.

  5. I have ten blocks ready to send and I bought the mailer today, so I will get those in the mail tomorrow. I just love the opportunity to help out, even though I am not able to do a whole quilt. Thank you for your leadership and faithfulness to this project and the people who will benefit from it. Bless you!

  6. Robin

    Sent the blocks today that I have done so far….not as many as I had hoped to have done by this time, but at least I got some done.
    Thank you for doing this…I know anyone affected by Hurricane Florence, who receives this wonderful gift, will be grateful.

  7. My blocks left today! I’m glad you are recruiting more long arm quilters, I think that will help keep things rolling without snowing you under! Thanks for being a point person for this project, your heart is pure gold! 💛

  8. Thank you for the opportunity! We will be sending maybe 50 blocks and one full-sized quilt tops. My sister and daughters are helping. Julia, Bergen & Evan White from Virginia and Wendy White from Portland, OR

  9. kaholly

    Carole, I’m so pleased to know you rec’d my blocks. The quilts that arrived already pieced together are stunning! What a grand effort. Thank you sew much for all you do!

  10. Donna Weeks

    The variety of colors in these blocks will bring cheer and warmth to those who receive them. I never thought of sending a quilt top. I have a finished quilt, that I would like to send. It is quilted and bound. I still need to photograph it. There is a long story that goes with the quilt, but the plan was always to donate it. I think that it will be put to good use. If you are interested, I will mail it. Donna Weeks

  11. Deb in sc

    Carole, my friend made a queen sized quilt top and then decided she didn’t want it. It is black and white…would you like it for the hurricane victims? We could ship it to you. Let me know. Deb devo

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