FAWCO Friendship Quilt General Information

    Here is some general information for making our annual Friendship Quilt fundraiser for The FAWCO Foundation.

    Timeline:

    January-February: Roberta drafts the instructions for the following year’s quilt. If you have suggestions or something you’ve been wanting to try, this is a good time to contact her (the earlier the better).

    April: Instructions go out to past participants by email, and they get posted on the Foundation’s website. The TFF VP Communications generally sends thanks and a photo of the previous quilt to the list of participants via email.

    April-October: Anyone who wants to contribute a block gets busy stitching, ideally before the end of the summer. Don’t procrastinate!

    October 1: Deadline for getting the blocks to Roberta.

    October-November: Roberta assembles the blocks and does the quilting, ideally by around mid-November.

    November-December: Raffle tickets go on sale on the TFF website.

    March of the following year: The winning ticket is drawn at the FAWCO conference.

     

    General instructions for quilt squares:

    Use 100% cotton fabric, no synthetics or blends. Everything has to stand up to a very hot iron! Do not add beads, buttons or other embellishments that will get in the way of quilting.

    Blocks are 6.5” square, unfinished size, unless otherwise specified. (They will finish at 6”.) But be sure to check the current instructions, we have used other sizes in the past.

    Cutting instructions for pieced blocks include a scant quarter-inch seam allowance.

    It’s nice if you sign your block. After all, this is a friendship quilt! Use your name and/or your club’s name. Do not add a date, there will be a date on the label. Use acid-free archive quality permanent ink such as Pigma Micron pens. You may also embroider your signature. Place the signature where it can be seen, i.e. not on the back or in the seam allowance.

    Please respect the deadline. You know the postal situation where you live, so don’t wait until the last minute. Plan to finish construction before September, who needs the stress? If possible, don’t use a commercial carrier that requires a signature on receipt. It’s expensive for you, and annoying if there’s no one home during the day to receive it.

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