Vicariously Quilting

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Janet shows her block, part of a series.

If I could quilt 24 hours a day I doubt that I could make all the patterns that I want to try. At the recent spring quilt camp I realized that one of the benefits of belonging to a quilting group is the opportunity to quilt vicariously through the other members! Sometimes there is even actual direct participation: helping someone pick a fabric, sharing thread, offering advice, helping with finding a pleasing lay-out, and sharing many other resources and insights. And sometimes it is simply watching from a distance as someone else works on an amazing project that I know isn’t really my style, but that I still admire and appreciate.



Top row, upper left: Susan D.’s clamshell quilt made with Asian prints, many of them from Japan; Susan D.’s baby quilt, fussy cut kid’s prints, with blue print squares from fabric I gave to her; Jan’s paper-pieced pineapple.

Second row, left: Jean’s quilt blocks made with fabric purchased on a recent vacation to Barbados; Bottom left: Rebecca’s star quilt that includes fabric that had been curtains; Right side: Audrey’s quilt for her sports-loving grandson with blocks she drew herself with fabric pens.

Third row, left to right: Dorian’s stars, which Rebecca taught her to do; Ghislaine’s Summer Porch quilt, made with excess pieces Susan M. cut when making her Summer Porch quilt from the same fabrics; Susan M.’s red and green blocks for a quilt she is making for a child whose parent is in prison, a project she does once a year.

Bottom row, left to right: Susan D.’s Shimmering Boxes; Margaret’s placemats; Margaret’s quilt for her daughter, made with velvet and satin ribbons and fabrics; Renee’s collaboration with her niece, who made the crocheted tree and asked Renee to make an appropriate quilt for the background (more on this project in a separate posting).

I will have my hand on a few of these projects when they come to me for long arm quilting. The clamshell quilt is already loaded on my long arm, and I’ll start the quilting tomorrow.

This isn’t even all of the projects started, worked on, or completed at quilt camp. And in addition to all this vicarious quilting, I even got a few of my own things done, one of them is this Double Irish Chain top, now ready for the borders to be added.