Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hand Quilting in Dutton

This past Sunday, Donna and I went to Dutton where the West Elgin Dramatic Society put on a play called "Quilting Pieces".  The play consisted of 10 vignettes about various aspects of quilting and how it has affected the quilters and their families over time. Several dozen community members were involved --the oldest was a woman in her late 70's and the youngest was 7 years old. It was wonderful to see all of the members of the cast and crew working together and having such a good time putting on this play!
Before and after the play, as well as during the intermission, Donna and I demonstrated hand quilting for the people who attended the play.  Other members of the Elgin Piecemakers and some other quilters from the area have signed up in pairs to do this at each performance of the play. If you have read my blog for a while, you will know that I do not do a lot of hand quilting, if any. I work full time so I choose to spend my sewing time machine piecing and I have my quilts machine quilted by a long arm quilter, but I do know how to hand quilt. I am hoping to hand quilt my liberated squirrel quilt this summer.
Donna and I had quite a few people come over to watch us quilt and ask us questions.  We were working on a quilt which will be given to an adult chemo patient at our hospital. This quilt was pieced by Nancy who used to belong to the Elgin Piecemakers. She recently donated several quilt tops to our guild to finish as charity quilts.
This quilt will be a bright spot in someone's days during their cancer treatments.
If you live near London, Ontario, you may want to take a drive to Dutton this weekend to see "Quilting Pieces".  Say "hello" to the hand quilters during the intermission!
This weekend, there is a quilt show in Shedden at the local community centre. I have two quilts and the table runner above in the show this weekend.  There will be lots of quilts, several vendors and a great tea room as well.
Last night, Christine came over to sew and I put my charity quilt blocks together so now the top is done. This will also be donated to the chemo unit at the hospital after I get the quilting done.
I finished cutting fabric for a new project tonight--a gift. That's all I can say about this project for now until it is gifted!
I will do a stash report next time.
Here is a picture that I took when my husband and I were out for a walk last week.


  1. Interesting and fun read! That would be such a fun play to see! :)

  2. I would love to quilt in a frame with others around to share with! I bet that was fun :) Thanks for sharing all you did! Kathi

  3. What fun it would be to sit at a frame and quilt with others ... of course, I'd have to learn how to quilt in a direction other than right to left (I use a hoop so I can twist the hoop instead of learning to quilt in another direction - ha!).

  4. Such a fun quilt to enjoy putting in some slow stitching. What a great idea to have hand quilting set up during the intermission!

  5. I love to see hand quilting promoted. I wish that others would realize how relaxing and therapeutic it can be. In this fast paced world we all need to learn to slow down and relax.

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  7. What a wonderful idea for intermission!

  8. So happy to see another former WIP being finished up and going to a new home.l