Spread Love and Joy with Accuquilt: June Island Batik Challenge!

This month’s challenge was FUN to do. Any time I get a chance I LOVE to make a quilt for an elder at the Chiniak Bay Elder House.

You see, years ago my mom, who had Alzheimer’s, was a resident of the Elder House at Providence in Kodiak. What I noticed that fellow residents would roll by her room and peek in and they often would slow down and look longingly at her quilts. About a year after her being an individual served by the Elder House they moved into the newly built Chiniak Bay Elder House. I went to the local guild and asked them to make quilts for all the 18 residents moving into the new facility. Of course, the response was overwhelming–yes! A quilt was made for each resident in colors they preferred and in a size (bed or throw) that they would use.

What I notice years later is that most men prefer blue and white quilts. I have made 1-2 quilt tops a year for any new residents and usually, in anticipation, in blue and white. The local guild, Kodiak bear Paw Quilter’s Guild, continues to support the effort to give each resident a quilt by paying for backing, batt and quilting for each top donated.

When Accuquilt threw down the Love and Joy Challenge I knew that I would use the blue and white Island Batik fabric I had to make a quilt to donate. I was given a Maple Leaf die in my January ambassador box and was asked to use an additional 8″ GO block to round out a quilt.

I had never used the GO! fabric cutter before but was all game to learn a new skill. The GO! Qube Mix & Match 8″ Block system is very clever. You pick the block you want to make, find the corresponding dyes, and make! I chose the Dutchman’s Puzzle block and began building a quilt top using Schmetz Needles in my Bernina and Aurifil thread:

I ended up with a VERY busy small quilt…

YIKES! That was too much and not enough! So, in order to expand the size and break up the pattern I added some “blanks”. Visually I also wanted to go from light to dark as well. I ended up putting it all together and immediately started sewing (forgetting to take a picture of the layout).

After a few borders and a quick picture session at the Chiniak Bay Elder House I felt like it was ready to hand over to a guild quilter to finish.

I have all the confidence in the world it will be well loved and used.

4 thoughts on “Spread Love and Joy with Accuquilt: June Island Batik Challenge!

  1. Love it! And what a great place to donate it. Interesting that blue and white is the preferred color combination for the male residents.

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