While we much prefer to make quilts for babies and weddings, sometimes other life events call for quilts as well, such as when a co-worker needs to have surgery.
As that was the case recently, we fortunately had fabric designed by one of our authors, Kim Schaefer. We all love her Hand Dyes line from Andover fabrics (the colors are so wonderful!) and we had just enough to make a big snuggly quilt.
Technical Editor Debbie Rodgers volunteered to find a pattern that would work from one of Kim’s books—she picked Gator’s Lap Quilt from Quilts from Textured Solids . After we decided on the pattern, Debbie figured out all fabric requirements, and cut it all. When she came to the next editorial meeting, she had everything cut into strips, stacked in neat piles.
All we had to do was to take 1 strip from each pile,
staple on the block making instructions to the fabric,
and hand out the packets to everyone at C&T who could make a block or two.
In record time, we had the blocks back and up on our design wall.
Debbie also took the blocks home to sew them together. Big thanks to Debbie!
We did a quick trip to the fabric store for some cuddly orange flannel for the backing, gave the flannel a quick wash, and handed the top and backing off to sales rep and longarm quilter Ruthmary Schauer. She got it quilted over the weekend. Debbie made and sewed the binding to the quilt and handed it off to Project Manager Sue Astroth who hand whipped the binding to the back of the quilt and sewed on the label that I had made.
Whew. Isn’t it amazing what a group can accomplish.