Ari’s Community Quilt

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.

thumb_IMG_7022_1024Cynthia 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.

thumb_IMG_6992_1024Ari’s dad is an American.

thumb_IMG_0727_1024His mom is from New Zealand

thumb_IMG_0698_1024They are proud first time parents.

thumb_IMG_7040_1024As always, I bring the supplies.

thumb_IMG_6967_1024And everyone gets busy.

thumb_IMG_7007_1024Most of the participants have made community quilt blocks before.

thumb_IMG_7004_1024There 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.

thumb_IMG_6987_1024Creatives of all ages participated.

thumb_IMG_7006_1024Amazing food is always a feature of these gatherings. YUM.

thumb_IMG_6974_1024And conversation.

thumb_IMG_7061_1024As the afternoon passed, everyone made their blocks. There were birds.

And bugs.

And things that grow from our earth

And landscapes.

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.

thumb_IMG_0718_1024Here are all of the blocks displayed in my studio for your viewing pleasure.

thumb_IMG_0732_1024Now 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.

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22 thoughts on “Ari’s Community Quilt

  1. Great images and a terrific idea! Can’t wait to see the second installment.

    • Nysha, I can’t wait to see the second installment either, but I am afraid it may not be until January when the huge list of deadlines shrinks a bit. I hope you and your family are having a great summer!

  2. Becki Morrison on said:

    You go girl………you have a wonderful selection to work with and “knowing you” i’m sure you’ll come up with something over the moon!

  3. Carole on said:

    Can’t wait to see the next installment.

  4. Diane on said:

    What talented people you have in McCarthy!

  5. Great photos and description of Ari’s block party! A community quilt is such a grand tradition.

  6. Susan on said:

    What a grand idea! Can’t wait to see how you put them together. 😉

    • I am looking forward to piecing this community together, but not until January. For a moment last week, I thought I would give it a go right now, but I have come to my senses and counted the hours and deadlines I have before me.

  7. Those are some awesome blocks!
    Looking forward to seeing them together.

  8. debby on said:

    Those are some pretty dang artistic blocks for a community quilt. What a special way to welcome a new baby to the world. I can hardly wait to see how you put them all together.

  9. Such beautiful blocks. I see that you wrote this post a few days ago. So are you done yet?

    • I most likely won’t be done until January. I am hoping to finish in time for Ari’s first birthday. I thought I could squeeze it into my schedule right now, but as always I am delusional about the time I have for stitching.

  10. Sheila on said:

    This is how I got started quilting as well. I sent out blocks and got back strangely similar results twice – buttons, woven ribbon, painted, iron-on patches. I moved on to fusing for group quilts – as most can produce a block with some fabric, scissors and those pesky irons ;). I was amazed by the creativity of my group and I’m amazed by yours as well. A fun project. And yes, I’d like to see the follow on. Cheers!

    • Sheila- Great minds think alike! I love being able to introduce a community to quilt making in a way that they can be successful and that produces amazing quilts! I loved to see photos of your community quilts if you have any.

  11. Oh Yes I encourage you! As a fellow kiwi I enjoy seeing some NZ motifs here and it’ll be great to see how it comes together to be a quilt

  12. I love seeing the Alaska AND NZ references in many of the quilt blocks. It is going to be a great quilt to put together. Thank you for stoping by Camilla.

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