It’s a new year and while we have no crystal balls to see what the future will bring, our past history as a guild tells us that we will continue our tradition of reaching out to the Parker County communities through our Comfort Quilt program. In 2020, 196 quilts were created by members and distributed to senior living centers, the police, young mothers and others as needs were identified. With the pandemic continuing, the needs will continue to be great.
This year we will do something a little different by showcasing a simple pattern of the month. These will be quilts patterns available on the web. All give us permission to use the patterns for charitable projects. Watch this space for monthly updates!!
So let’s all try to make just one. Take a picture and send it to QGPC2000 at gmail dot com so we can have a comfort quilts show and tell each month. We'll post them below in the gallery and in the newsletter.
Comfort quilts can be dropped off this year at Lynn Main’s house. There will be a large plastic tub on the front porch that you can put quilts in if she is not home.
MARCH 2021 - Irish Chain
It’s March. The weather is warming up, daffodils are blooming, spring is on its way. This month let’s look at a pattern that celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish chain. If you google Irish chain, you will get all kinds of results from single chains to double and triple chains. All use combinations of squares to make the design. Some are very planned and some are totally scrappy. I’m going very basic — just two sizes of squares — just two colors. With a colorful border, you can have a child-sized quilt in the time it would take you to dance a jig. There are several videos on YouTube that show how to make one.
I cut 12 large squares at 6-1/2”. The small square 9-patch blocks were made from 2-1/2” strips. I made 13 of those. I also made 4 more as corners for my border. Sew them together in an alternating pattern and the center is done. I then added two borders. I found a remnant of leprechaun fabric for the large border. I try to find places to use fabric like this that doesn’t make me decapitate too many people or animals. That’s all there is to this one.
The April issue of American Patchwork and Quilting is featuring its 2021 quilt along. With 9-patches and center squares. An additional connector block and sashing make for a more visually complex quilt but the elements are as simple as they come. Check it out for another idea.
The Guild is working on a virtual Comfort Quilt sew-in for April. Watch this space for further information and more simple quilt projects.
Members turned in 14 comfort quilts this month! Don’t forget to take pictures of your comfort quilts and send them to QGPC2000 at gmail dot com. We’ll put them in our Zoom meeting slide show.
FEBRUARY 2021 - Xs & Os
Iwas always so surprised at how much little girls loved to decorate their notes and letters with Xs and Os after writing their names to let you know how much they loved you — often more Xs and Os than actual text. So for February let’s make some Xs and Os.
A one-block quilt. That’s all there is for this month’s comfort quilt. You will need to cut 4 matching 4-1/2” squares and 8 matching 2-1/2” squares for each block. Check out the sewing instructions and ideas for other arrangements in the February Newsletter. CLICK HERE
While my large squares are an assortment of pinks and greens, my small squares were all the same white fabric.
So have some corner fun. Don’t forget to take pictures of your comfort quilts and send them to QGPC2000 at gmail dot com. We’ll put it in our Zoom meeting slide show
JANUARY 2021 - QUICK STRIPPIE My pick to start the year is Quick Strippie by Mary Quilts. Her website is maryquilts.com. With almost 100 simple quilt patterns, there is something here for almost everyone. Her blog is heartwarming, too. Using just three coordinating fabrics, this one can be sewn together in a morning. Click here to go to directly to the pattern. Or from the home page and type in “quick strippie” in the search box on the right side to find the pattern.
Comfort Quilt Overview
The Comfort Quilts program supports one of the missions of the Quilter's Guild of Parker County. Quilts of various sizes are produced at the annual Sew-in by members who spend a good part of a day sewing quilts for the community. Sometimes, a comfort quilt might be worked on by several quilters as they pass it around performing tasks they enjoy the most until the quilt is completed.
Since 2010, nearly 2,500 quilts have been donated throughout Parker County. Our goal remains approximately 200 quilts per year. It has been our privilege to work with many organizations within Parker County who help distribute some of the quilts.
A few of the charities we have supported are:
Habitat for Humanity
Weatherford Police Department
Comfort Quilt Photo Gallery
2021 Comfort Quilts
Comfort Quilt Program in the News
NOVEMBER 2018 Veterans honored in Klein's many creations by Paula Hunt Hoopla Magazine
MARCH 2014 Quilting for comfort Weatherford Democrat