After many days of trying a variety of block layouts, I am happy to say the blocks are all on the wall and I’ve begun sewing the rows together! I’m a very symmetrical designer, so the challenge for me was to maintain a very scrappy feel, in a pleasing, somewhat balanced way. With the variety of fabrics and colors, and the varying numbers of blocks from each fabric, this stack of blocks did not lend itself well to a “symmetrical” layout! I can only hope that the quilters who so graciously gave their time and effort to make a block will be pleased with the final quilt. On Monday the quilt top will be boxed and shipped off to the quilter – yippee!!
It looks beautiful, Vicki, and I think we can all relate to that “Yippee moment” ; ) and we look forward to seeing the finished-finished quilt. — lisa
Check out some of Vicki’s other designs at Bloom Creek.
You might remember back in January, our Lucy Boston block challenge held at the Road to CA quilt conference? Well, over 130 blocks pieced by our quilting friends are now in the skilled hands of Vicki Bellino, as she creates a beautiful quilt for the 6th annual Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, sponsored by Quilters Dream Batting.
ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a debilitating disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone. The disease gradually paralyzes the patient, usually leading to death within 6-months to 5 years of diagnosis. Those suffering from ALS are fully aware mentally, but are trapped in a non-functioning body with no hope of treatment or a cure. Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS, to raise awareness about ALS, and to raise money with 100% of the proceeds being used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.
Thanks again to everyone who stitched all those Lucy Boston blocks that weekend…Right now, Vicki is completing the quilt for the July 31 deadline, so watch for the next installment of her in-progress pics, and for the Big Reveal of the finished quilt! And we’re not alone – check out this Quilters Dream blog post to learn more about the challenge.
This morning we sifted through more than 130 Lucy Boston blocks created by our quilting friends who visited Pati & Vicki at our Road to California booth, enjoying the view just before choosing the TEN prize pack random winners. Thank you again to everyone who participated in our Lucy Boston Challenge. Your blocks will become part of our donation quilts for the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS, created by Quilter’s Dream Batting. Each year, the Hopes & Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS collects hundreds of quilts to be given to patients living with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a debilitating, paralyzing disease that is currently affecting over 35,000 people in the U.S. alone. The Challenge raises awareness about ALS, and 100% of the proceeds are used to fund research toward a cure for this terrible disease.
Pati looks on as our retail division president, Stephanie Dell ‘Olio, chooses the ten lucky blocks at random…Below, check out what each of the winners will get — the fabrics may vary, but still, what a great haul! (You never know what’s stashed away in Pati’s office…)
Lots of goodies for the winners!
And the winners are:
Sabrina Cowley of Orem, UT
Bonnie DeBusk of Las Vegas, NV
Lisa Jenni of Redmond, WA
JoAnna Larmore of Glendale, UT
Lillian Loyd of Stockton, CA
Emma Moore-Kochlacy of El Cajon, CA
Donna Nordstrom of Etiwanda, CA
Brenda Simoni of Lancaster, CA
Berta Stone of Olalla, WA
Melissa Turner of Phoenix, AZ
Congrats to all of the drawing winners! And stay tuned for more on our quilts for ALS!