Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Manchester quilting bee

I am sure most of you will have heard about the bombing that took place in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert on may 22 this year.  Such a tragedy 22 lives being lost and a lot more both children and adults badly injured.
The Manchester Sewing Bee decided to make quilts for the families of those who lost their lives and people were asked to make 5" hexagons and attach them to 6.5" squares.  I made 16 and masses of people contributed and then on 15 th July  Rachel came with another lady and brought quilt tops, blocks etc to be completed at out Leeds MQG meeting.  The first quilt was finished by Liz who sandwiched the flimsy that had been made by a group in Chorlton, quilted it added the binding then passed it over to 2 of us who sat either side of a table and hand stitched the binding down.



First quilt



Good to see the first completed quilt.  There were individual squares, hexagons needing to be added to squares,   rows joined together and flimsies to be completed.  Rachel had been given lots of backing fabrics, wadding etc and people had sent in bindings.  Some of us took the flimsies home to complete and I did one just a wavy line through the seams as my quilting is not too good then bound it and had it completed in a day. There is an instagram page for Manchester quilting bee if you want to see more of what is happening,  think a facebook one too but I am not on facebook


my completed quilt

I am not sure when the quilts will be collected   our next meeting is 19 august  maybe there will be more to do then.

Now back to making more for the epilepsy charity fund raiser which happens at the end of august.

I am also off to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham on 11 august  have a ticket to hear Victoria Findlay Wolfe giving a talk and so looking forward to seeing her quilts and new book.  3 days I have at the show but have to get a bus 5.30am to catch my coach at 6.30 so a very early start.

39 comments:

I am said...

Hi Margaret lovely quilts,i love yours,hope you have a lovely time at the quilt show xx

tubakk said...

Those quilts are awesome, and you're so good, ladies, to give away those quilts for charity. So bad people can do such things to children and adults going peacefully to a consert. I was thinking of going to Birmingham this year, so bad, we could have met there.

Nana said...

Lovely works and sad reason.

Nana

Harrysmum said...

Love the quilt you finished! See you at FOQ!!

The Inside Stori said...

It’s heartwarming to see quilters coming together for such a worthwhile purpose…..thank you for brightening our day with this post!

Jo said...

It will be so worth the early starts. Linda will be visiting the show too, I think. Great charity work fo the Manchester tragedy...

Cattinka said...

The quilts are stunning and it is great that your group and others make these quilts for a good cause.
I wish I could come to Birmingham some day, please take lots of pictures so we all can see the beautiful quilts you will find there.
KATRIN W.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Beautiful quilts!

Lady Locust said...

How very good of you Margaret. They are beautiful and will offer such support for those who've suffered.

liniecat said...

Fabulous quilts, really like the idea of the blocks, they blend beautifully together,
Well done all concerned!

Createology said...

It always warms my heart to see good and kind people come together and help mend the tragedy of horrific acts. Lovely quilts and Bless you dear for all your work. Enjoy your quilt how and speaker. Life is all too short so we must enjoy every minute...even those early starts. Hugs and Safe Travels...<3

Jillian said...

Thanks for sharing this, Margaret. It's a good story - and we need all the good stories we can get. It's so important to respond with collective action and creativity. Your quilt looks great. Hope your trip goes smoothly and you have a lot of fun.

Monica said...

Your hexagon quilt turned out really well, and the first one in shades of blue is lovely too. Have fun in Birmingham!

desertskyquilts said...

What a wonderful design for the quilts. I'll bet you are going to have plenty of them, too. You do such nice things for charity. I'm excited for you to go to the Birmingham show, which I've heard is quite a large one, and to have time with Ms Wolfe! That's fabulous! Enjoy every minute. Maybe you can sleep somewhat on the way there and home again!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

What a great project to be involved with. I am sure the quilts will be a great comfort to the recipients.

Two years ago I too was heading to the quilt show. I feel a tad jealous!

Jane Galley said...

they look great and I'm sure they will be appreciated

Steffi said...

Wunderschön sind diese beiden Quilts, sie werden ganz bestimmt viel Freude bereiten.
Liebe Grüße
Steffi

Celtic Thistle said...

What a lovely collaborative effort, such a lot of work but a wonderful end result.
Have a great time at the show Margaret, the early start will be well worth it I am sure :)

Susan Hook said...

It is a great idea to all come together and make the quilts, they will be much appreciated. I hope that you will have a great time at the show, I will look forward to looking at your pictures.

Maria said...

Beautiful Quilts to give some comfort .. well done ladies...

Séverine said...

The quilts are beautiful.

SewLittleToSay said...

You have been a busy bee! It is lovely to see another quilt finished for Manchester and you were a great help with the iron, pressing the seams as we stitched the blocks at the Leeds MQG meeting.

Gaia said...

A great project, and what you have made is lovely.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

You are doing great work Margaret, it's lovely to hear your progress and see two of the quilts. I'm not going to get to Birmingham, I thought I might but it hasn't worked out this year. I'm not going to mope about it though, I'm going to plan for next year and make it happen. It helps that my daughter is a short train ride from the NEC, saves on the accommodation costs and I can drag her along with me on one day.

Sarah said...

What lovely quilts and such a good reason to make them. I'm very envious of you going to Birmingham, I hope you have a wonderful time!

Raewyn said...

The quilting project is for such a good cause- the first two quilts look lovely and I'm sure the rest of them will be too. Lucky you going to Birmingham, it sounds like you will have an inspiring time :-)

Mia said...

Your guilts are fabulous, Margaret. I love the colours and the designs. Kisses, my friend.

Victoria said...

Beauty born from tragedy. The human spirit is am amazing thing. I am sure the quilts made with such love will be most treasured.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

You are such a dear to be contributing to this very worthwhile cause. We are so horrified by these acts. When will it end.

SUSSEXMOUSE said...

You are so kind Margaret. What a wonderful way to use your sewing skills bless you. Marion x

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Yours is so fun and colorful!!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Such a sad day... Those quilts are going to be so precious and well loved.. xx

June D said...

Beautiful quilts. It's nice to work on group project after a tragedy. It helped me after the Boston bombings to work on a large embroidery project Mending Boston http://bit.ly/2wFNYAx I had not done any handwork before, it was very calming...
We worked in the alcove of The Old South Church then went in for an unrelated concert celebrating Wagner's birthday. http://bit.ly/2fqBZ6x

Jen said...

That is great Margaret helping in the quilting bee group..They will be cherished. The quilts are gorgeous lovely colours.
A terrible tragedy it was sadly felt here in Australia.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

That's a fab quilt - well done for being so involved! That's the first I've heard of quilts for Manchester- so pleased someone is organising something! I'm missing FoQ this year - first year as a quilter that I'm working full time ☹️ Enjoy for both of us!!!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Can't believe I missed this one. Lovely!

Deonn said...

Wonderful quilts, Margie. Hope you had a wonderful time at the quilt show with Victoria Findlay Wolfe. I'll bet it was inspiring!

KaHolly said...

Lovely quilts! How did the collection go?

Mary Ellen said...

Lovely quilts, Margaret. As always.