Wednesday, January 12, 2011

String Quilts at the Nursing Home

Yesterday I spent the day at my Mom's nursing home teaching string quilting to some of the residents.  We were piecing strings of fabric to 8 1/2" squares of paper.  We used an old phone book for the papers as the ink won't rub onto the fabrics and tears away easily afterwards.  The beauty of doing string quilt blocks is that it doesn't matter if the sewers maintain a consistent 1/4" seam allowance because the blocks are all trimmed to size later.
Some of the residents who participated had very limited vision and/or mobility.  Mom has Alzheimer's but spent most of the morning helping us sort the strips for the sewers.  My two sewing machines have knee lifts which really came in handy for most of the people using the machines.  Many couldn't reach behind the machines to lift up the presser foot.
We have 12 more blocks to make before we can make the quilt top.  One more day should do it then I can put the top together and we can put the quilt in quilt frames for people there to quilt on.

Once the quilt is completed we hope to donate it to "Quilts of Valour" for the wounded soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

This is Rosa who just loved the string quilting.  She's hoping to make a string quilt for her own bed.

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