Friday, June 26, 2015

Quilt for Mother Emanuel



The Charleston Modern Quilt Guild is collecting blocks to be assembled into a quilt for the Emanuel AME church to show our love and support for their members.  Requested blocks are simple brick style and measure 3.5” tall by 6.5” wide (to finish at 3” x 6”).   Please make sure all text is inside the 3” x 6” area.  Each block should prominently show the maker’s city and state – or city and country! – and the maker’s name. Recommended pens for fabric are Sharpies and Micron, but most permanent markers would likely work.  Blocks should be a single piece of fabric and in a solid or print that reads as a solid.  The location and name of the maker should be clear and easy to read.  Completed blocks can be mailed to Charleston Modern Quilt Guild, 
PO Box 723, Sullivans Island, SC 29482.  Requested deadline for receipt of blocks is 
August 1.  We thank all of you in advance for your help in making this quilt happen!

And thanks to Gina Pina of Austin, TX for allowing us to use pictures of her amazing quilt as inspiration!




36 comments:

  1. I recommend Sakura's Micron Pigma pens because they do not bleed like the regular Sharpies do. You can get the Pigma pens in most quilt shops and craft stores. Jerry's Art-a-rama sells them individually in many colors and thicknesses (tip size). The easiest thickness to find is 05 (that's with one zero) which is a good average size for this project. You can also use 01 or 03 if you want a finer line. If you don't have pigma pens on hand and want to buy some I recommend the set of 8 black markers in assorted tip sizes and styles: http://www.amazon.com/Sakura-30067-8-Piece-Micron-Graphic/dp/B004QHI43S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1435433353&sr=8-2&keywords=micron+pigma+set+black That is a link to the item on amazon so you can see what it looks like and read the specs. There are other brands, of course. Search for "fabric markers" and then make sure that the item you choose specifically says that it's made for fabric. Hope this helps. Great project, Modern Quilters!

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  2. Footnote to my previous comment: Sakura's website states that the Pigma pens are for "decorative fabric art", meaning for fabric art that is not going to be washed, so they are not guaranteeing anything for quilts that are going to be washed. My guess is that they are not guaranteeing that the ink is fade-proof if you wash it. From my own experience over 25 years of using these pens for quilt labels, I have had no problems with fading. To be on the safe side, I heat-set the ink with a hot iron. I've never had one bleed.
    And regarding Sharpies, their website recommends only two of their products for fabric: their "Stained" and "Rub-a-Dub" markers.
    In any case, the quilt for Mother Emanuel will probably be hung up for display and seldom, if ever, washed. Just my 2 cents. ;-D

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  3. I am interested in doing this - can I embroider my name/place instead of writing it on?

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    1. Of course you may! Thanks for helping us out!! xxxooo

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    2. I don't see the names on the sample quilt shown--Just City or State. Are you sure we're suppose to put out names?

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    3. Hi Christine! The sample shown is one done by another quilter and she just wanted city listed because it was all about people's hometowns. We would like your name as well since I think it makes the blocks - and overall quilt - more personal for the church. Thanks for helping us out!

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  4. can we have more than one block from each place? for instance, i would love to do one too...

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    1. Of course! Thanks for helping us out with this project!

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  5. Thank you for inviting Brooklyn Guild to contribute. I am so broken hearted, this feels tangible and healing. I started quilting with the AIDS quilt so quilting has a healing place for me. Thank you, Geri

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    1. It's the little things we all do to help all of our different communities heal. Our hope is that this will bring a lot of love to the members of the church. Thanks for your sweet words!

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  6. Just a comment: I do not recommend using a Sharpie, as the ink bleeds. I recommend Pigma or Micron fabric pens.

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  7. Do you just want one block per person?

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    1. Thanks for your pen advice above! Just one block per person would be great. I think we're going to get a ton of blocks!! If we get enough, we'll make multiple quilts or wall hangings that will all go to the church. Every block we receive will be used somewhere.

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    2. This is awesome! I would like to collect some blocks from my church. Like Emmanel, we are an AME church but in Boston, MA. Would that be ok? It could be a lot of blocks! Just want to make sure the guild won't be overwhelmed...

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    3. Hi Andrea! We'd love to have blocks from your church. The more, the merrier! Our thought was that if we received more than we needed for one quilt, we'd make some smaller wall hangings. Don't worry your pretty face about it. We'll use everything we get! Thank you!!

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    4. Thank you this is great! Maybe if you have tons of blocks you can make a quilt for the church and wall hangings for each victim's family. Just an idea...keep up the good work!

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  8. Should we wash the fabric prior to cutting it?

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    1. Hi! I'm heading up this project for the guild. No need for prewashing the fabric. This isn't a quilt that will likely ever be washed.

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  9. Just saw this. Our modern group will meet the first week of August. Will you accept blocks that arrive a little after August 1? Can email me at queenp51@sbcglobal.net

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  10. I am from Delburne Alberta Camada. I would like myself and 2 guilds to contribute if that is OK

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    1. Of course! We'd love to have your blocks join. Thank you!!

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    2. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I WILL COLLECT THEM ASAP AND MAIL THEM TOO YOU!

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  11. Can I list my family name and city and state or must I list a first and last name with the city and state?

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    1. Your family name along with city and state is A-OK! Thanks for helping us out!!

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  12. My blocks are on their way...Love from Wilsonville, OR!

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    1. Blocks received. Thanks, Diana!!! xxxooo

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  13. I'm sorry that I'm a little late, but I'll be putting mine in the mail tomorrow.

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  14. I mailed some about a week ago. Please let me know you've gotten them when you have a chance. Thanks!

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  16. Hi! My name is Deborah. I sent a quilt block from Shelby, NC in early July and was wondering if you were able to ise it in your quilt for Mother Emmanuel?

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    1. Hi Deb! We are working on assembly this weekend and will definitely be using your block. Thank you so much for helping us out!! We'll be posting pictures here on the blog, on our Facebook account and on our Instagram account.

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  17. Hi Phoebe, I sent blocks back in July from my church and my usps tracking says the package arrived on the 20th of July so I am hoping it did. I see in your comment dated August 3rd that you were working on assembly in early August but I haven't seen any updates and I am curious how it is going, am I missing a post somewhere? Your guild was wonderful to take on this important project.

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  18. Hi - Are there pictures available of the finalized quilts? I'd love to share with people in my church that donated blocks

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  19. Hello! I'm wondering, as Andrea posted above, if there are pictures of the final project? I lead a group of little girls, kindergarten - 5th grade who sent in blocks and would love to show them a photo of the completed quilt.

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