Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Friendship Quilt

I am a member of a local quilt guild and we have a great time.  Each month we draw a member's name and that means you get a friendship block from each member, enough for a quilt.  This navy and gray quilt is my friendship quilt.

How does it work?  Well, each month we bring our blocks for the two previous month's drawn name. That is confusing - say your name was drawn in June, then August you would get your blocks.   We proudly show off our made block and put it in a basket.  The recipient of the blocks get to draw for the next winner.  This winner has a month to decide what type of blocks they want, and colors they want.  We go from very little direction, to specific colors, to background fabric provided and even some fabric provided along with a pattern.  Once your name is drawn, then you are out of the drawing until everyone wins a quilt.  We are down to about 5-6 members, then we will start all over again.

For my quilt, I went with navy and gray for the colors and I provided the background fabric.  I also asked for all my blocks to work on point.

I had to lay it out flat on the porch so you can see it all.  It is just beautiful and so special to me.  These ladies are my friends and we share so much of our life with each other.  These quilts are like stories and each one represents my friends.

Take the compass block in the middle right of this next picture, that is Jane's.  Jane always makes a very intricate paper pieced block.

Another close-up of blocks.

See the block with the hexies?  That is Patty's and hexies are her signature, which she can make so quickly.

Other blocks are known for their name which  has special meaning to the maker.  Contrary Wife, my dear friend Meredith, she laughs every time she says it.  I love this.

My daughter, Meredith has a block in this quilt and I have two blocks so the layout would be just right.

Here is the quilting, done by a friend and fellow quilt quilt member.  She works magic with her longarm machine.  My background fabric is the same I used for the back, taking the graphic pattern from the background for the quilting design.

A close-up of one block.

One last step needs to be done by me, I need to embroidery a label with all the details of this quilt, it needs to be documented.


  1. I love your color choices. What a great idea!

  2. This is so pretty Lori . You are lucky to have so many wonderful sewing friends .

  3. What a beautiful quilt and wonderful idea. Great friends! I love it!!

  4. What a treasure! I am sure you will enjoy it for years to come.

  5. WOW such a beautiful quilt the navy and grey color combo looks wonderful. Great job ladies!

  6. How beautiful and meaningful. I really like this idea.

  7. A true heirloom. Beautiful!

  8. Great color combination! Your quilt guild members are very talented!!

  9. What a special quilt!

  10. Love the quilt! I just bought fabric for a shirt that is white, navy and grey at PR weekend in Canada. I must have been thinking like you when I chose it. Great minds...

  11. It looks adorable and will be more cuter some embroidery on it!