Today I want to show you a virtual quilt show of quilts done by readers for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project. The response from all our longarm quilters and volunteer piecers has been wonderful. I wish I could show you every single quilt made and received by the project! But, here are just a few of the quilts sent to Wilmington from all over the country, along with some of the quilts in my guest room waiting for the next run to the coast. There are 38 quilts stacked on the cedar chest and on the bed, including the ones from the Ashe County guild and two pickups from the drop point here. I’ll get some quilts from Charlotte in April, and I hope to pick up even more at a speaking event in Georgia in late April.
This one is pieced by Heather Dahlmeyer and quilted by Joy Adams.
Pieced by Barbara Waldron and quilted by Becky Reeve.
These beautiful navy blues in a vintage Trip Around the World design made by Dagmar Theodore was donated to the project.
Jeanine Cheng quilted this one pieced by Jill Karnedy.
Jeanine also quilted this one pieced by Michele Gailey. Michele sent two tops for quilting, and Jeanine did both.
Lori Milsap has been really busy, sending in pictures of four quilts, and I know she has quilted at least 16! Two of these were pieced by Teri Sherburne, and the other two by local quilters. Lori is also one of the runners for our project. She is an incredibly generous person!!
This one using the Perkioman Valley block was quilted by Sally Fitzgerald.
Jo-El at the Catholic Charities sent this story for this month’s update. She wrote –
“Greg has been stopping by our office for a while now and has become a friendly face to all the staff here at Catholic Charities. Greg moved to Wilmington in the summer of 2018 after being displaced from Hurricane Harvey in Texas back in the fall of 2017. He was looking for a fresh start and ended up facing yet another hurricane just a little over a year after being displaced. Greg was living in a shelter in town when Hurricane Florence hit, which sustained some damage, but Greg still showed up to the office with a smile on his face. He’s been a bright light in our office, always positive no matter what his circumstances are. In the last few months, we noticed Greg was absent more often than normal. We came to find he had gotten a job and and found a home of his own! He came to us to see if we had any household goods he could use. We were able to fill Greg’s home with lots of essentials but also brand new quilt to make his new house feel more like a home. When we showed Greg the quilt, his face lit up more than ever before!”
I picked up this gorgeous vintage hand-quilted beauty with the prairie point edge from the Hendersonville drop point. It is stunning, but it has no label so I do not know who to thank. It is huge, probably king size.
Susan sent in this pic of a top made by a friend of hers, and quilted by her friend Debra. What a fun design! They have more quilts in the works now too.
Nine Patches were pieced by Rebecca Burch and quilted by Susan Rice in a Baptist Fan design.
These two queen size quilts were pieced and quilted by Suzanne Yerks and her friends.
You know, hearts of quilters are full of love the world over. For our quilter community in the southern hemisphere and New Zealand, Angels in Gumboots is spearheading a drive for heart blocks (in colors other than red) for the victims and families of the horrific shooting in Christchurch recently. See her Facebook page for details on how you can help – Angels in Gumboots block drive. If you are on Instagram, a block collection drive for the US is underway by a lady named SJ. To assist with that effort, see her Instagram @sewing_is_my_therapy
One last note if you remember, last year we did the quilts for the victims of the fires in California, and one was given to my neighbor’s son who lost everything. They are now back in a new home in California, and made an awesome donation to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project to pay it forward. Thank you, Dave and Selma!! Here they are again with their quilt, made from your generosity in 2018.
So, I hope there will be more quilts coming by summer, as we still have a tremendous need. If you’d like to help, see the FAQ page. We can use more of everything, piecers and quilters, and donations too. Drop off your clean vintage quilts at one of our drop locations, or mail to Wilmington. Get your guild together for one more sew in. The project will run until August, so you still have time!
I hope I got all the names right! Thank you to everyone who has participated in this project so far. Did you enjoy the virtual quilt show?
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