Yesterday I decided to go to a QOV Sew-In. I’d never been to a Quilts of Valor activity so it was pretty exciting. I always love meeting new people that enjoy any kind of sewing activity…it’s a good bonding experience. AND the ladies there were AMAZING! All of them just welcomed me in.
I worked all day on a string quilt. I had no idea that I was going to be the only one working on it until around lunch time when some of the ladies asked me if I was going to be able to finish.
“oh. I thought we’d all just add to a pile of strings and then they’d get put together.” I really didn’t think I was actually going to piece a quilt top in one day or nuthin. Who was she kidding!
So about 1 pm I looked over at my stack of blocks and realized I was 2 blocks short of half way (24 blocks). I thought with four hours left to go I could do it so I pressed on. Some ladies who had finished work on brick quilts started to help. “keep working!” I called out. “we’re almost there!”. It was hilarious. We were sewing like mad women. My foot pedal was to the floor. A few of the husbands came by to joke they could attach a turbo motor for me.
At 5 o’clock I was 3/4 of the way to putting all the blocks together so everyone waited for another 20 minutes for the quilt top to get finished. We did it! At 5:30pm 48 string quilt blocks were finished! Whew!!!!
Everyone was already packed up to go so we grabbed the quilt, took a quick picture and then I packed up and was out the door headed for home.
I’ve browsed the website hoping I could find that last picture that was taken and here it is! Donna, the organizer took it. You can see more photos here at this link: www.heartstringsquiltproject.com