Writing a blog is a funny thing. Most of the time I have too many ideas—as in what do I share next? Decisions. Decisions.
And then there are those times, when I want to share a particular story, and then I remember I never finished sharing a previous story. As a friend and reader once pointed out to me—You have a lot Part I’s but you never do the Part II. Whoops. This is very true.
Back in October 2014, I wrote a blog post called Building a Community Quilt Part I . That was almost two years ago! I have had readers email me asking when I will write Part II. Well today is ALMOST that day. But first, I’d like to share my most recent community quilt building party.
Here we go.
One of the ways I justified making quilts in the early days was to make community quilts for new babies. I would collect blocks from other quilters and assemble them into colorful celebrations of new life.
As time went on, I realized that if I used a fusbile technique for making the blocks everyone could participate—not just quilters. I also realized that if I made the event a party, we all had fun, and I could collect all the blocks at once. Not to be total stickler, but it really helps me out if I am not marching all over town to trying track down loose blocks.
Early this summer, McCarthites gathered together to make quilt blocks for Ari a new member of our community.
Cynthia Schidner welcomed all of us into her home for the block making party. If you are ever in McCarthy and need a place to stay, look no further. Cynthia and her husband Andy own Currant Ridge Cabins which is the epitome of wilderness luxury. Here is the view out the Schidner home’s front window.
Ari’s dad is an American.
His mom is from New Zealand
They are proud first time parents.
As always, I bring the supplies.
And everyone gets busy.
Most of the participants have made community quilt blocks before.
There was a big discussion about having your idea BEFORE you get to the party. It just makes the process go more smoothly when you have a plan.
Creatives of all ages participated.
Amazing food is always a feature of these gatherings. YUM.
As the afternoon passed, everyone made their blocks. There were birds.
And things that grow from our earth
Some were nature in the abstract.
Here is old Hardware Store which is now the Wrangell Mountains Center. This is where Jared first worked when he came to McCarthy.
And some even told a complete visual story.
Here are all of the blocks displayed in my studio for your viewing pleasure.
Now I won’t promise anything, but the idea is that I will show you how to put all of these blocks together! Sooner, rather than later. Maybe if you all give me some verbal encouragement I can do it in a timely fashion.