We broke our previous Cuddle Quilt record of 27 from 2011 with an astounding 45 spray basted quilt tops at a Cuddle Quilt workshop! Are the Choo Choo Quilters amazing or what?!?
|Group spray baste session—a real team effort!|
|An assortment of pre-cut quilt kits were available at the workshop.|
|Backing fabrics, scraps and blocks for quilt top assembly.|
|Scrappy "Make Do" patchwork blocks.|
assembled quilt tops and pre-cut batting ready for the spray basting session...
|Pieced quilt tops and pre-cut batting await basting.|
|Guild members bring dishes to share for the workshop.|
Layout of the kit quilts began.
|Marti (left) and Nancy at the cutting station.|
|Laying out the blocks from the kit.|
|A lovely floral surrounded with colorful small print blocks.|
|Cristy (left) counts out blocks for 3 quilts. Martha (right) begins chain piecing.|
|Linda works on one of the kits.|
|Marti (left) and Teresa show their completed quilt tops.|
|Garie shows a Snuggle Up top (left) and a Wonky Star quilt top.|
Group spray basting session—always a winner!
The highlight and probably the most productive aspect of the workshop is the group spray basting session. We've got this down to a science, folks—like a fine-tuned, production basting machine!
|Ginny (left), Kaye (center) and Garie roll out batting for quilt basting.|
Ginny headed up the spray basting process this year and indoctrinated several of the newer guild members to the procedure.
|Measuring the batting and trimming to the right size for the quilt.|
|Ginny and Linda (right) smooth out the basted top.|
|Spray basted cuddle quilt top.|
|The spray basted quilt top pile grew and grew.|
|Two tops made from fabric samples and scraps from the February "Making Do" program.|
|Veronica free-motion quilted 5 cuddle quilts during the workshop.|
So, if all the quilts from this Cuddle Quilt workshop are completed and returned, the total from this workshop will be 47.
NOTE: In 2010, the Choo Choo Quilters initiated and participated in the Great Cuddle Quilt Quest that resulted in 73 quilts donated to the Chambliss Center for Children.
Can the Choo Choo Quilters surpass this record, too??