Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Group Quilt - Campers

Being creative with friends is one of the best things about being part of a friendship group.  The campers quilt shown above made from an Amy Bradley pattern was the result of a block exchange done by the Cut-Ups, my very talented group of friends and longarm quilter Christy Close. Every year my guild, the Pine Needles Quilt Guild of Wrightwood holds a "mini" quilt auction during the town's Mountaineer Days in early July and members make and donate small quilts to the guild for auction.  For the past few years, the Cut-Ups members have made an extra block for our annual group project to make producing the auction quilt an easier task.

At the time we made the blocks we had ten members and each made a trailer. The only requirement was to use blue for the sky and green for the ground. Since I was in charge of the project, I also made the two tent blocks so that we could use all the trailers in a regular grid and not compete with the trailers.  Each of the trailers reflects a little of the maker's own personality.  My personal version of the quilt (on the frame being quilted) is similar, but different as some of the makers made different fabric choices for each block and at least one made different trailers...the variety is part of what makes group projects special.

The auction quilt won the Viewers' Choice ribbon and took the highest bid among the approximately 40 quilts offered...that was pretty sweet!