Quilting Collaboration - Episode 1


Hello hello! How are all of you this week?! Here in Portland, Oregon, we’ve recently had some bouts of extremely beautiful, sunny, spring weather, and it has me feeling inspired! Don’t you just love that about spring?!

This spring energy and inspiration has opened up my eyes (when they're not swollen shut from allergies! Achoo!), and I have noticed a “trending topic” in my surroundings that I am dying to try out - Quliting as a collaborative activity!

You may remember that I’m definitely not a lone wolf when it comes to quilting, but typically, I keep ownership over my own projects and work parallel with whomever else is in the room versus working together on the same project.

By no means is working together on a project a new, innovative concept. But for some reason it has come up in my life a few times recently and has moved it to the forefront of my mind. For that reason, I’m going to feature a few quilting collaborations/stories in this and upcoming posts.

The first collaboration feature is one I witnessed first-hand. On a recent Sunday at Nancy the Quilting Goddess’ house - well, actually, a couple of recent Sundays. It was so massive, it took her a few weekends to quilt on Lenni the Longarm.

I hadn’t seen her piecing it, and because it was so large, I was certain that I should have seen it before, because a project of that scale would have been hard to hide away!

The quilt had, in fact, not been pieced by Nancy. It had been mailed to her all the way from her cousin-in-law in Texas to quilt for her niece here in Oregon.

The niece is an angel on this earth, caring for people in a way that few others could our would. So the cousin-in-law made a gigantic angel quilt. It was maybe 9 feet tall? Am I exaggerating? Possibly, but also possibly not! I never measured.

A picture of the angel in process on Lenni is below. Stunning, right?!

Regardless of the actual size - it was a beautiful design, and Nancy quilted it equally beautifully. Their collaboration was amazing, and they never even sat in the same room to do it!

I think this kind of collaboration is pretty common - one person pieces, and another quilts. But common practice or not, it was really fun to see this particular quilt come together that way. Especially for such a deserving recipient!

Stay tuned for the next tale of collaborative quilting next week! I loved hearing the story, and I hope you will too! If you have a collaboration project you'd like to share with us - enter it into our "WHY I Sew" Contest! Click this LINK, we hope to hear from you soon.

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  • Carolyn Knees
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  • Ardie

    I belong to a group, Prayers and Squares, at my church. We make prayer quilts—but it is a work of love by many: one person selects the design and cuts the fabric, another sews together the quilt top, another one or two sandwich the top/bottom, another sews on the binding by machine, another sews it down by hand and adds the ties and labels. Sometimes we meet and all members present will work on two or three tops and complete them in an evening—and the process continues with binding and tying.

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