Indian Summer Baby Quilt-A Collaborative Work

Amy Friendcharity, Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild16 Comments

I swear I have never been involved in as many collaborative charity activities as I have been the past few months. But that is a good thing!  This time, Sarah Watson offered our guild, the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild, some of her Indian Summer fabric line.  Her wish was that we use the fabric for charity.  We decided to divide the fabric to make four collaborative baby quilts.  Peg from Sew Fresh, donated the coordinating solids.  Volunteers got together geographically in groups of three or four to make the quilts.

I was lucky to work with Laura who pieced the center medallion of the quilt with the stars, as well as two of Anna Maria Horner’s feathers.  I like the way Laura latched onto the Indian Summer theme with the night sky and feather motifs.

The quilt then passed to my mother who added the forest at the top of the quilt. I love the way the bear and owl heads are peeking through the trees!  She also added the river at the bottom.
Additionally, my mother pieced the back of the quilt making use of nearly every scrap that we had left!
I got the easy job! I just basted, quilted and bound the quilt. I decided to keep the quilting light since the quilt top has a lot going on in it. I also wanted to keep the quilt soft for a baby and heavy quilting tends to make a quilt a little stiff.  I started at the bottom of the quilt and used the “river” to start my wavy free motion quilting.
I found a quarter yard cut of a DS Quilts print in my stash that worked well for the binding.
I am looking forward to seeing the other three baby quilts completed by our August SMQG meeting.  We are hoping to donate them to families with infants in Moore, OK.