Friday, February 15, 2013

45 Cuddle Quilts for Valentine's Day

There's nothing like "sharing the love" on Valentine's Day! Members of the Choo Choo Quilters quilt guild created 45 Cuddle Quilts that were delivered to the Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter this past week.
The Choo Choo Quilters Guild presented 45 Cuddle Quilts toChildren's Home/Chambliss Shelter on Valentine's Day. Shown (from left) are Elizabeth Sexton, Volunteer Services, Paulette Acord, CHCS Director, Sherry Reed, Choo Choo Quilters Cuddle Quilt Program Chair, and Nancy Allen, Choo Choo Quilters guild member.
"The staff at the Children's Home were very grateful for the quilts," said Cuddle Quilt Program Chair, Sherry Reed, "they commented appreciatively about the time and effort it took to make [the quilts] for the children."

The Cuddle Quilt project has been a long-standing community service project for the Choo Choo Quilters. An annual full-day workshop is scheduled some time during the year for guild members to get together as a group to sew blocks, assemble quilt tops, baste and prepare the tops for quilting... as well as socialize. Many hands working together get a lot accomplished and it's also a fun day to spend together. Kudos to the guild for all the wonderful, beautiful quilts!

Monday, February 4, 2013

2013 is off to an excellent start!

The Choo Choo Quilters held their first meeting of the year on January 18th, and we had a big start to the year. Team Sherry started off the year with a program on Lasagna Quilts, with instructions for making one in several sizes. But even more impressively, they had an entire basket of jelly rolls ready for sewing. Everyone present was able to pick a jelly roll all ready for sewing.  We are to make up a cuddle quilt and bring it to the February meeting. Word on the street is that valuable prizes are involved!
Happy Birthday, Choo Choo Quilters!

And in honor of Choo Choo Quilters 21st birthday, we had extra special refreshments.  Not only did we have some delicious lasagna in honor of our program, we had a lovely birthday cake to celebrate! 

Our show and tell in January included some beautiful creations by our members. We had one quilt made from a program back around 1998 - a series of borders added to a central block of our own choosing.

Nancy brought a quilt she plans to donate to the Quilts of Valor program. According to their website, "The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor."

Remember, Team Sherry is also providing the program for February, and we all have our homework to do!  Each of us is to sew up our jelly roll into a lasagna quilt and bring it to the meeting.  The winner of the Viewer's Choice Award will win fame, fortune and even a prize!  We'll see you at the meeting on Monday, February 18th.