Back in early 2007, following the bushfires that roamed across Victoria over that summer, Jasmine suggested that quilters make quilts to be donated to the local CFA Brigades that they could use to fundraise.
I was working at a local government council that had 2 staff members who were volunteers at two local brigades, and much to my delight discovered that Jayne, a newly returned from maternity colleague was also a quilter, so we decided to see if we could drum some interest up at work to make a couple of quilts for the two local brigades.
We ended up with a mottly crew of quilters, about a dozen women and 1 bloke, some of whom had quilted before, some crafty ones and some who’d never used needle and thread!
Jayne donated a truckload of blue/green fabrics and I donated backgrounds and leafy prints and we fundraised to buy borders and backing, and over a 12 month period made 2 quilt tops, one pieced and one buttonhole appliqued.
Our friend Jules professionally quilted the larger quilt for us, and Jayne quilted the smaller one, and finally this year the two quilts were finished.
One was donated to a brigade, and the other raffled at council for the other brigade.
I’m very proud of both these quilts and all the people who participated in their making.
- if you don’t know the skill levels for group quilts – stick to buttonhole applique!
- Even if you give people marked up squares, everyone stitches differently, so we ended up with odd size blocks
- Putting blocks on point makes it hard to fit the same size blocks in the border (hence the blue strips in the outer border!)