A couple weekends ago I went with my Mom, my Grandmother, my Aunt and my Aunt’s Aunt to the Quilt Happening at Lost Acres (3 generations yeah!). Ginny, the owner of Lost Acres, gave a wonderful talk on the different aspects of quilt donations throughout history. She covered everything from the donations of quilts to support the Sanitary Commission during the Civil War to charities supported by quilters today. How great to recognize the generous hearts of quilters and see how quilts had been used as fund raisers and direct donations over the last approximately 160 years.
Her group, Ladies of the Comfort, compromised of many helpers, in 2016 distributed: 24 baby quilts and 98 bed size quilts to: fire victims in Tennessee and Canada, and My Sister’s Place and Salvation Army Transition House (both are in Hartford, CT). Her goal for the group this year is increase donations to 250 quilts.
My Mom and Aunt and I went home with a large container of pre-cut 6-1/2” squares to package up for members of the Enfield Quilt guild to assemble into tops over the summer. The 6″ squares will be assemble in 10 columns x 15 rows (125 lights & 125 darks in each bag). We were excited to work on the project as we drove home but the actual making of the quilt top square kits took a bit longer than we anticipated. We’re all good though, great conversation about quilting and charities while making kits that will be donated to directly to those in need (no sitting in trailers for distribution for these quilts!! – Ginny’s number 1 rule).
Ginny also sells fabric, orphan blocks, quilt tops and other quilted items at the event. Here are a few of the treasures I brought home with me. The red star top is in sad shape, hanging piece is part of a missing row. I’m going to trim the sashing so each block is framed in red then add a red & white print to replace the sashing and use the left over original red sashing to cut corner stones (sometimes my plans change as the project progresses – we’ll see). We think this other cutie is made from ties and vest linings, kind of a not so crazy Crazy Quilt. It’s on the fragile side so quilting it up will help the quilt survive (see 1st picture).
Hope to see you at the Danbury show this weekend, I’ll be in the SewCraft booth with my fabric and other goodies!!