The last of the veterans quilts, for now
I wanted to get all the veterans quilts quilted before sewing weekend with the quilt club and I did it! Someone asked earlier this week where these quilts go. We've been making them for the local VA hospital (used to be called McGuire before we went radical PC this year). I don't know what it's called now but it's in Richmond VA. We are currently giving them to the Interventional Radiography department. They do lots of procedures there but one of them is inserting ports for chemo patients. The doctors and nurses there absolutely love having the quilts. Newly diagnosed cancer patients are usually in shock and many are angry. Sometimes they can't get the patients past the anger long enough to work productively with them. So they stop and give them a quilt and chat about our group and why we make them. We are told that these quilts make a world of difference for the patients and for the staff. You know it's important when the doctors take time out of their schedules to specifically come talk to you and than you for making them. We get such great feedback that we are all really dedicated to making them.
I think that both of these are from Betsy. They certainly look like "Betsy quilts". With these 2 I will have personally quilted 39 for members and made 15 of my own. Other quilters in the group have done lots of them too. I will not be doing any more until Christmas gifts are made and postcards are done and in the mail.
I quilted both of these from the front of the machine. I was just tired of the pantographs. This one also had a little fullness in the border. It wasn't a problem at all but by quilting it from the front I could make sure that I didn't quilt in any pleats.
I am 100% certain that this is a Betsy quilt. Isn't it lovely? I quilted this one with free motion lines. It's a fast method of quilting and I didn't want the quilting to take away from the bold geometry of the circles. Both of these got a light tan backing.
Today I'm off to sew with my friends and it's going to be a great day!
11/13/2020 11:28:13 am
Love the Betsy quilts! The Bow Tie is so cheery.
11/14/2020 08:36:22 am
Both of those are such nice quilts. I love that your group is supporting the larger local area this way.
11/14/2020 10:41:27 am
Wow, I didn't know I was THAT far behind in commenting!! I was going to play catch up and comment on all the posts and then I stopped and realized that you don't have time to read them all, so I jumped in here (and where, I wonder, have you heard THAT before!!!). Ahem...anyway.....I really enjoyed reading about the reception your group receives for the quilts you donate. It's so heartwarming to know that your efforts are so much appreciated by staff and patients alike.
11/16/2020 07:52:43 am
Beautiful quilts that are going to such s great cause.
11/16/2020 11:57:53 pm
Thank you so much for doing this Vicki!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.