Community Quilts from Ray

I always love it when I open my email and there are messages from Ray. Today I’m sharing those messages with you.
Ray writes:

I have a bit of a story to tell……

Back in February, Karen H. in NE sent me a package with 4 UFO’s in it.

As you know, I have been on a roll longarming commission and community quilts. I love what I do but I could use a change of pace now and then but just have not found anything that is grabbing my attention. That is until now. A group at church formed a very informal group called Crafts, Coffee, and Conversation that meets on Monday mornings. No agenda…just come. Well I have been attending along with knitters, cross stitchers, needlepointers, beaders, and floral designers. There is even a lady who is gluing crystals on upscale alcohol bottles. It is so much fun to see what everyone is doing. Well, I was caught in a dilemma as to what to do. I definitely could NOT load up the longarm and take it with me. It needed to be easily transportable and not involved. BINGO!! I had it! This was my excuse to work on UFOS/WIPS. I went to the projects and found the 12 cross-stitch star blocks from Karen. Yes, small, and transportable. I even found some fabric to use for sashing and cornerstones and cut that. I had a project and was ready to go. Everyone was impressed when I whipped out my project and started sewing. In a couple of hours I had a quilt that just needed a border. I was on a roll. I added a border and longarmed it. A completed project! I can do it. I even gave the little Christmas quilt to the ladies for sale at the holiday bazaar in December. Now I need to grab another project.

My thanks to you, Karen and Judy C in IL (the backing provider) for the support to finish this adorable quilt.

Oh, I used the star meander motif and white thread to longarm.

I finished another quilt from Linda F. in AZ. This one is a sampler quilt with beautiful colors.

It is so bright and cheery. The colors all work together so well.

I selected the twig motif to longarm it.

My thanks to you and Linda and the backing supplier for the wonderful pieces to bring another quilt to life.

Great work Ray. It’s good to hear you got some time at the sewing machine…and the longarm. GREAT WORK. Many thanks to those who helped make the quilts happen.

I hear all of these community quilt stories weekly and they still never fail to impress me. Thanks everyone!!

9 thoughts on “Community Quilts from Ray”

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and always enjoy the posts about Ray’s quilts. I’ve always assumed Ray is a man and I thought that’s an interesting project for a man to do, but this morning I got to wondering if Ray is actually a woman – please clarify when you have time.

  2. I really enjoy what Ray is doing for his community and love the looks of the quilts he and so many others have worked on. And he gives us so many great ideas!
    Love and prayers

  3. Patrice Vincent

    I got excited when in your last post you showed the Quiltmaker’s Gift fabric someone sent you.
    I have just finished a sampler square quilt with the same fabrics. I haven’t added the blue border, yet.
    I’m new to your blog. I’d like to send a picture. Do you have an email I can use?
    I enjoy your blog.

  4. Rebecca Burch

    Your new “craft community” sounds so fun, Ray! I’m so glad you’ve got them!
    I love the Christmas Star quilt you “inherited”. The sashing/cornerstones is/are the perfect finishing touch.
    And the colorful Sampler is a real beauty! So cheerful!

  5. Beautiful quilts and the quilting is perfect for the tops. Ray is the Energizer Bunny! I enjoy seeing all the community quilts that you post Jo. So many talented and generous piecers and finishers. Hats off also to those who donate fabric and supplies for the cause.

  6. Barbara Firesheets

    Great job Ray! Love that the Christmas quilt was sewn at a group gathering then donated to their sale. Always love seeing Ray’s work!

  7. What a great little quilt Ray made! Such a fun sounding crafting group. A church I attended at one time had something like that. It is just fun to see what others are doing and have some fellowship time.

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