Our first meeting for the 2012-2013 guild year brought a rush of Letort Quilters to the Comfort Quilt table. Upon their arrival they took a few minutes to browse the offerings available for busy hands to begin the work (pleasure) of preparing Comfort Quilts to be distributed to various groups in and around the area, such as Common Sense Adoption Services, Aseracare Hospice, Pinnacle Health Perinatal Units, Heart and Hands Sertoma, and Cumberland/Perry Domestic Violence Services.
In order to supply these agencies requests for comfort quilts, we have a supply of over 74 quilts in storage at this time. Once they are distributed, we will need to restock our supply. That is where you, as Letort Quilters, come in. All you have to do is stop by the Comfort Quilts table at the Sunday afternoon or Monday evening meetings and choose from a multitude of kits already made up for you to choose from. Along with the kits you have a choice of batting, binding strips, and backing to enable you to complete your Comfort Quilt at your leisure, in your own home.
- What size does my quilt need to be? - Our kits, batting and backing are for finished sizes of approximately 40" x 55", but any size is welcome.
- How should my quilt be finished? - You can machine quilt, tie or quilt by hand. Edges can be bound or sewn with right sides together then flipped. We can provide suggestions and examples.
- What should the label say? - Labels can be any size. Each should say "With Love and Comfort from the Le Tort Quilters." We can provide labels for you.
We're making pillow cases again this year! Many will be sent to ConKerr Cancer, whose goal is to give bright and cheery pillowcases to every seriously ill child in North America by 2015. Stop by the comfort quilt table at our meetings for more information. There are kits available.
Pillow cases are quick and easy to make, and there are many different techniques. Click on the link below to download instructions for the "hot dog" technique. Thank you for all the hard work!
Pillow Case Instructions from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center in South Bend, IN.
An Alzheimer's quilt is made for the lap of a person with Alzheimer's Disease. The quilt is both comforting and stimulating to people suffering from the disease. By using different textures of fabric and bright colors, it provides stimulation visually and by touch. To make a quilt you need thirty-six 6" square blockes of various different colored and textured fabrics.
Once you have chosen your fabrics and have them cut into 6" squares, sew them together into 6 rows of 6 blocks each. Tip: Since you are sewing many different thicknesses of fabric it is recommended to use a serge or zig zag stitch for construction. This will make the quilt more durable and easier to construct. Sew the rows together. Your finished quilt tops will be a square containing 6 blocks down by 6 blocks across.
To finish the quilt, add batting and backing and use the "pillow turn" or binding method to close the quilt. Keep quilting simple, such as a stitc in the ditch or zig zag stitch along seam lines.