My thanks go to Mary Bordeaux of Augusta, Georgia, who sent me this story about her quilt group, Best Quilting Friends (the BQFs). If you’d like to make one of these quilts, you can purchase the complete pattern from Linda Hahn at www.froghollowdesigns.com.
“Marie was the first to see the posting about the American Quilter magazine online-only Block Buffet mystery quilt and was going to participate because she loves doing mystery quilts. When I saw the posting, I challenged my BQF group to make it together. All of these wonderful quilters were members of Pieceful Hearts Quilt Guild and opened their arms to me when we met while taking classes at a local quilting store, Quilt Shop on the Corner (which sadly is now closed). The other ladies gathered fabrics from their stashes. I’m still a new quilter, so I don’t have a stash and purchased all new fabrics. Doing a batik quilt is on my bucket list, so for this project I chose batiks that closely followed the color palette provided in week one.
I had lost track of who was working on this project and when I attended our January 2nd guild meeting, Sharron and Julie showed off their finished tops. I was a little embarrassed because at that time I hadn’t even started on mine, other than purchasing the fabrics. Right around the time the project started, my father entered the last stages of his battle with leukemia and I wasn’t doing much sewing during that period. But I promised the ladies at that meeting I would get started the next day. Marie and I finished our tops at our annual quilt retreat during the weekend of January 14-15. Another one of my BQFs is teaching me how to do longarm quilting on her Gammill, and I decided this was the perfect quilt for another practice session. By our February 6th guild meeting, there were four completed tops and we posed for this group photo.
There are several more members of my BQFs group not pictured here, and I treasure the friendship I’ve developed with each of them over the past three years. We are all guild members who met at Quilt Shop on the Corner. Some of us are also members of WINOS (Women in Need of Stitching), an appliqué society. We take advantage of any opportunity to get together and bond over our mutual love of quilting. Block Buffet was just one of those opportunities and we thank American Quilter for giving it to us.”
Posted by Christine N. Brown, American Quilter magazine editor-in-chief