Another pickup was made from Cary Quilting Company, a carload of wonderful quilts for the hurricane project. The diversity in designs have been like having a quilt show in my guest room, LOL!! It has been wonderful to see them, and I want to share some of the latest ones with you. First, Material Girls from Apex, NC sent 3 quilts in these bright scrappy fabrics using the Perkiomen block.
I loved their label.
Loose Threads Quilt Bee sent eleven quilts, all different.
Each of their quilts has this wonderful label.
Here’s another Loose Threads quilt, with red squares in the lattice design.
Becky Harbour sent this beautiful log cabin star, and it is huge.
A charm quilt was made by K.A. Gruer from Raleigh.
Some of the quilts were anonymous, without any label at all. Thank you to whomever made these lovely quilts.
Another anonymous quilt, lovely in freehand loop quilting with lots of scrappy squares. I’ll bet this was a stashbuster.
This one is so pretty, and an interesting way to set nine-patches.
The eighteen from Cary, plus a pickup from Beginnings, and a couple from the guilds in South Carolina are added to the stacks.
Mary Ringer pieced this black and white beauty. It was quilted by Val Reynolds of Val’s Quilting Studio, and then she bound it and mailed it to Wilmington.
Sweet soft pastels on a never-used quilt were languishing in a closet, so Valerie Lehr decided that the Hurricane Project needed it more than she did.
Last week, Marti Sofie brought by eight quilts from her project with the Tarheel Piecemakers Quilt Club. She spearheaded a drive for wonky log cabin blocks. Members made enough for five quilts. Marti assembled them with different sashings, navy for three of them, bright yellow for one and bright blue for another. She then quilted all five quilts, and bound one. Members of the group bound the other four. She did a huge amount of the work on this project, and I know that the recipients will be very grateful.
Marti also had some churn dash blocks given to her that were hand pieced many years ago. She ended up having to take the blocks apart and resew them by machine to get the sizes consistent, then assembled, quilted and bound this quilt. It was a tremendous amount of work, and the end result is lovely, someone that likes blue is going to be very happy.
Margaret Street took 12 blocks from a Block of the Month club some years ago, and framed them in an attic windows design. This is such a clever idea to extend the size of a block of the month. She sashed it in grey with black cornerstones and added three borders. It is a king size now!!
So, that brings the current closet count to 81. I’ve packed many of them inside black bags to keep them clean for the trip. I hope to get all of them shipped by the end of August. One shipment will go at the beginning of August, and the final one a couple of weeks later.
Final drop site dates for the North Carolina shops have been posted on the FAQ page. If you are mailing a quilt to Wilmington, they will take them through 2020. Jo-El emailed me just yesterday with this information – “Today, we received 3 boxes of quilts from Cindy Gardner in Delta, Utah that contained a total of 11 completed quilts! To date, we’ve received 324 quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project and 22 quilts for Hands 2 Help, for a total of 346. We haven’t had many survivors return to their homes in the past few months, as apartment complexes that are being repaired are pushing back the move in dates and we’ve had one complex experience a fire. As we approach the one year anniversary of Florence, we hope to see more survivors rehoused. We appreciate all the efforts that went into the creation of these quilts and organization of the project ” She sent a photo of her shelves so you could see some of the quilts that have been received. With what she has, and what I have left to send, our total is now 427!
Thank you to everyone that has been a part of this project. There is still time to get a quilt to the drop sites, or to mail them directly. See the Carolina Hurricane Quilts page for all the latest information as I keep it updated. I wish I could show you each and every quilt, as they are all special. I’ll have final numbers from this one-year project in September, and will share those then. It truly takes a community of awesome quilters to make this happen. Thank you to everyone that has been a part of the project!!