I have a lovely friend, Sheila Donnachie, I just met for the first time this August though I have been 'talking' to her online for several years. She runs fabulous quilting classes up in Ayrshire in Scotland and an idle comment last year had her students helping me out making blocks for these quilts last year.
Now over to Sheila to tell you in her own words what she is up to with her students for siblings together this coming year:
Some of you may recall that earlier this year, many of my students contributed blocks to Nicky's Siblings Together drive. Recently, Nicky asked me if I thought we could go one better for next year and perhaps come up with a quilt. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with a plan. I have asked for 20" quilted blocks - just nine of these will join together into a pretty decent 60" quilt. I have planned four different colour options and have already had lots of blocks pledged (and some already made!!)
My role will be to join the blocks using QAYG strip techniques and then bind them too.
Here is the block I have come up with -
and how such a block will look in a quilt -
The ladies in my classes always rise to a worthy challenge and I have no doubts that together, we will pull this off too.
Well done Sheila for taking this on! There are pledges for three quilts already and Sheila is working towards making a fourth. Thank you so much my lovely Scottish friends in Ayrshire for such a brilliant effort.
Do you run local patchwork and quilting classes? Would you be willing to lead your students in making blocks/quilts for Siblings Together? We have online tutorials we have used and can suggest or you can come up with your own. We would love to hear from you if you would like to join in - please leave a comment!