Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It's a Quilt-a-Thon!

Whether you've participated in a Stitchin' Mission, or not.
Whether you know how to make a quilt, or not.
You're invited to a Quilt-a-Thon!
Let's all make quilt blocks, for quilts to give to Mercy Children's Center intensive care unit in Des Moines.

Friday, February 3, 1-9 pm
Saturday, February 4, 9 am-3 pm
Lutheran Church of Hope
925 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, Iowa
Room 214

It's a No Excuses Quilt-a-Thon

"I've never used a sewing machine."
No worries! Members of Hope Quilters will be there to show you what to do. No straight seam sewing is necessary!

"I've used a sewing machine and I don't want a thing to do with one!"
Well okay! You can help by pressing fabrics. We need people who will press fabrics before they're sewn into blocks and after blocks are sewn.

"I've sewn before, but I've never made a quilt."
Come, and just sew blocks. You don't need to make a whole quilt.... but if you'd like to know how to do that, we'd love to have you join Hope Quilters

What to Expect
What everyone will do is take piles of small cotton scraps, sew them together randomly, and then cut them into squares. 
You'll sew blocks like this...

...and this...

...and this...

...until there's a pile like this.

Then you'll add these...

...and a few of these... make a 49" X 49" quilt!

At the Quilt-a-Thon...'ll see a sample of the finished quilt, and other examples of quilts you can make with these easy-to-sew blocks.'ll see sewing machines set up, so you can enjoy a few minutes of sewing. Or even better, bring your sewing machine along for a longer stay.'ll see ironing boards and irons, so you can enjoy a few minutes, or hours, of fun pressing!

It's all been arranged. Now Hope Quilters just needs you... and your friends. 

This event is open to everyone who would like to help make quilts for Mercy Children's Center intensive care unit. Do come! No RSVP needed!