By Sarah Ruiz, Vice President
The Gulf Coast Modern Quilt Guild was formed in early 2018, and our 2019 QuiltCon charity quilt was the first major group project for our quickly growing guild. Our effort began in August. After brainstorming several ideas as a group at our monthly meeting, we settled on a colorful layout based on our new guild logo. The patchwork wave design evokes both our love of quilting and our location in the Houston/Galveston area along the Texas gulf coast.
GCMQG Vice President Sarah Ruiz finalized the quilt design, calculated block and sashing measurements, and created templates for the many curved blocks that form the outer edges of each wave. Members enthusiastically signed up to make more than 50 blocks featuring tiny piecing techniques and using either the 5 bright colors or the 2 neutral colors specified in the challenge criteria. Members were free to choose any design for their blocks, which resulted in a wonderful modern mix of styles from precisely pieced to improv that all work well together because of the shared color palette.
Once all the blocks were complete, the guild hosted a sew day just before Thanksgiving to piece them into the finished top. After the exciting “reveal” at our December meeting, GCMQG member Jackie Rodewald volunteered her longarm quilting services, adding wave-like swirls to echo the waves formed by the piecing. The quilt binding, label, and hanging sleeve were completed in January.The finished quilt represents the combined effort of 21 GCMQG quilters — that’s about 2/3 of our entire membership! Creating this charity quilt was a wonderful and rewarding experience, and was a meaningful way to bring our members together as we chart the course of our new guild. We are so excited to have our guild included in the wonderful display of charity quilts at QuiltCon 2019!