final quilting bee + next steps

August 25, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in Craftivism, Portland, Quilting Bees | 2 Comments

Thank you to everyone who came to our beautiful final quilting bee! It was an amazing sewing party and a really sweet night. We arrived with our sewing machines and irons and the last bags of blocks, plus a good handful of quilts in progress. Our guests jumped right in and by the end of the night, all of those quilt projects were well on the way to done.


We opened one bag and found these incredible pieced alphabet blocks! Brittany adopted that project and turned them into a quilt top with the sampler blocks our generous quilter included, too – adorable. I can’t wait to see that one finished!


Daniela sashed this vivid pink and green quilt top,

A work in progress

Caitlin sashed more block of the month blocks into this pretty quilt top…

Caitlin with a beautiful quilt top

and Teresa used her gorgeous 1954 Pfaff to whip up two small quilt tops from various blocks! Can’t believe how fast that machine is!

Teresa's treasure.

Beverly hand-stitched the binding on another lovely quilt,


Michelle graciously cut and pressed for everyone,


Amy hand-tied two quilts, and I finished binding this one (community-pieced, quilted by Kirsten at the Craft Party).

and another one!

After a few hours of blissful sewing and four more quilts added to our stockpile, Alexandra set out some truly gorgeous dishes for everyone.


She made us an amazing array of her favorite recipes for the party, from hors d’ouerves and Caesar salad to chocolate cream puffs – we can’t thank her enough for the gift of such beautiful food!

Alexandra catered the party

It was a lovely night, thanks to our hostess Amy for sharing her beautiful space with us. It was a fantastic place to hang out and sew!

Current quilts!

So now… the next steps for QfQ. We have a collection of beautiful quilts (these plus about another dozen received since then or still in progress, nearly there!) and we’re eager to either sell them for Mercy Corps or donate them as comfort gifts.

Current quilts!

We’ve sent 30 quilts to Japan thanks to Seven Islands’ and Patchwork Tsushin’s generosity. Between the Modern Domestic fundraiser and I Heart Art‘s Craft Party, we have collectively raised nearly $1700 for Mercy Corps. And we know this last wave of quilts will add to those totals!

Mercy Corps sent us this!

So, we are going to photograph all of these last quilts and share one new one here and on flickr each day, starting in September. Our current plan is to open up our QuiltsforQuakes Etsy shop with the quilts (in the $150 range) and surprise bags ($25) for sale then, with all proceeds directly going to Mercy Corps. But we’d love any other suggestions, too. If you have any other thoughts on good venues to sell them, or ways we can directly donate them as comfort gifts, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you – please comment or email us at quiltsforquakesurvivors at gmail dot com.

Some of the finished quilts

Our deepest thanks to everyone who has donated fabric, cut, pieced, tied, quilted, or bound quilts, and supported us all along the way. We are so grateful for our community’s generosity! Happy end of the summer, and we will see you soon – with new quilts!

Susan + Daniela



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