The first local donation of "Guatemala Quilts" went to the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. A friend contacted them and was told that all but 6 children there already had quilts. So six quilts were sent over. Here they are. Above is from Pat in Idaho. The first two below are from Pat in Anchorage.
This one is from Marta in Palm Desert:
This is by Jo in Portland:
And this one is mine. I pieced it in 1980 (!!) and it had been sitting in a closet ever since. I finally got around to quilting it. After 38 years, I still like it.
I sent off the last shipment of quilts to Mayan Families two weeks ago. With a new executive director and board in place, they have decided not to receive and distribute the quilts any longer. They are in the process of streamlining all their programs and reevaluating priorities.
So thanks to so many who have contributed over the years. One hundred quilts went to the orphanage at Santa Apolonia. Two hundred and nine quilts went to the Kids in Need program at Mayan Families. What an accomplishment! Thanks so much for your participation and generosity. We had a good run.
Here are the quilts in the last shipment. The first three are from Pat in Idaho.
Geology: Bonnie Bucknam Art Quilts opened yesterday at The 610 Arts Collective in downtown Ridgway, Colorado. The opening will be First Friday evening, September 7th, at the gallery. Ridgway is a quaint little town with an active arts community. It's about 25 miles from Telluride. Stop by if you're in the area.
This past week, six of us from the SAQA/High Fiber Diet group spent 4 days in Waldport, Oregon. We made 5 tops for my Guatemala Bound project!
We all brought scraps, sewing machines, and supplies to our wonderful on-the-beach rental house in Waldport. We literally could walk onto the sand from our deck. The first night we took inventory of what fabrics we'd brought and identified 4 possible projects. We set up and dove in.
This was our first project. It started with several pieced blocks and a jelly roll that Pat had brought.We made 30 wonky blocks, then sized them all up with solid greens and yellows log cabin style.
Mary and Jill took on these pieced blocks with the black tic-tac-toe strips. They found fabrics to coordinated and made a stripy quilt.
Jo made a bright rail-fence-inspired kid's quilt from her various scraps.
Mary and Jill were on a roll and made another lap-size top from some precut squares.
Pat, Susan and I made this stripy quilt starting with some square-within-a-square block that I had brought with me. And Susan finished the hand binding on another quilt.
It was a productive 4 days and a wonderful opportunity to get to know one another a bit better.