Milky Way the Modern Way (Quiltcon Charity Quilt)

The Hillsboro carpool gals (eight of us from Portland MQG and one deserter now with San Antonio MQG) worked together to create this 71″ x 94″ charity quilt that will hang at Quiltcon in Pasadena next month and then return to Portland to be donated to or raffled off for a charity that has yet to be decided.

It was easy for all of us to agree to this challenge and once we decided that we’d make improv stars, off we went.  One of us purchased Kona solids per the predetermined color palette.  Each of us could add any solid or print that matched the chosen colors and made three stars each finishing at 3.5″, 6.5″ and 9.5″.  PMQG has Sew Days at Fabric Depot, so we met two consecutive months with a plan in mind, then one last time at a member’s home.  One member made the back from scraps, another quilted it and then another bound and applied the sleeve.

Probably the thing we learned in this challenge was about each other.  Our carpool ride is usually 1.75 getting to the meetings and an hour back, but we spent a lot more time together on this quilt.  It was great having one member not sewing and moving the blocks around and giving direction.  Occasionally, we would all break and get a consensus.

For me, I love the name of the quilt and that we met the deadline and will get to show it off at PMQG next Thursday.  Important to all of us was to use fabric from fellow PMQG members:  Elizabeth Hartman, Mo Bedel and Violet Craft and Monica Solorio-Snow.

Quilt Front

Quilt Close Up

Quilt Back


Here’s a photo of our girl cat, Clyde, that my husband took today.


4 Responses to “Milky Way the Modern Way (Quiltcon Charity Quilt)”

  1. Christine Sherman Says:

    This is so beautiful!

  2. Dawn Says:

    It turned out so well! Love the back, too. Kudos to the team for including fabrics designed by PMQG members!

  3. Joanne Says:

    That is a gorgeous quilt. Good luck at quiltcom.

  4. quiltcharette Says:

    It’s a great quilt! And a fun creation story. I hope you’re all proud of yourselves, because you should be. 🙂

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