Cabin Branch Quilters contributes quilts to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Potomac Hospital. They are given to the mothers to be worn next to her skin so the quilt will get the mother’s scent, then the quilt is put in the incubator with the preemie. This is meant as a way to start the bonding process. The quilt can also be draped over the isolet to provide shade from the bright lights in the NICU. Think of your Quilt as a graduation present for a newborn. It will become a treasured item!
Quilts are 30” x 40”, but doesn't have to be exact. It can be any pattern you can make from your scraps or a border or two added to left over blocks from past projects. Please only use 100% cotton fabric for the quilt. A cotton/ polyester blend for the batting and thread can be used. Flannel or embellishments can not be used on NICU quilts. Labels are available at guild meetings along with fabric kits.
Over 1500 preemie quilts are needed annually.
Crib, lap, or larger sized quilts are made by members and donated to ACTS in Dumfries for the local Abused Women's Shelter and SERVE in Manassas. Volunteers sort donated fabric, cut fabric into strips and squares, and assemble kits. CBQ members stitch these materials into quilt tops and finish the quilt by machine quilting or tying with crochet thread or yarn. CBQ’s goal is to provide ten or more Caring Quilts a month, which equals to at least one quilt per member a year.
Instructions for a simple crib sized quilt (40"x52")
Cut 63 - 6" squares out of 100% cotton fabric
Lay out squares in a 7 x 9 grid in a pleasing pattern.
Stitch the squares together in nine rows of seven squares and then sew the rows together to complete the top.
Layer batting, backing, and top right sides together and sew around the edge, leaving an opening to turn. Turn quilt rights sides out. Stitch the opening closed.
Quilt as desired or tie with crochet thread or yarn.
2016 Block of the Month
This years BOM will be pattern variations of the Drunkards Path Block. Each month a different pattern will be constructed. All patterns will be constructed using sixteen 5” square drunkards path blocks, which will finish at 16 1/2” blocks each month.
If you want to make a quilt with all of the blocks, you will need to have 3 1/2 yards of a dark fabric and 3 1/2 yards of a coordinating light fabric. The final quilt will be 72” by 54” without borders. If you want to add borders or sashing to make it larger, plan on purchasing an additional 1 1/2 yards of fabric.
To make the drunkards path blocks, cut a 5” by width of fabric and a 4” by width of fabric strip of both the light and dark fabrics.
Cut 8 - 5" squares and 8 - 4" squares. Measure in three inches on the 5” squares and remove a three inch quarter circle from each. From the 4” squares, measure in a half inch and create a three and a half inch quarter circle from each. Pair up the eight light 5” background pieces with the eight darker 3 1/2” quarter circles, and sew each together along the curved edges. Pair up the eight dark 5” background pieces with the eight lighter 3 1/2” quarter circles and sew together along the curved edges. This will give you sixteen 5” squares, eight with light quarter circles and dark background and eight with darker quarter circles and light background.
The Block Exchange is a voluntary program that gives participants an opportunity to try new methods of assembling a block, try out new blocks, get a wide variety of color interpretations, get some assistance in making blocks or any combination of the above. Each month one or two participants prepare a “kit” to give to the other block exchange members. This “kit” might contain pre-cut fabric with a pattern and directions. It might only contain fabric and ask for you to choose a pattern or contain a pattern and ask you to provide some or all the fabric.
Kits should take no more than 90 minutes to assemble and are to be machine pieced. Completed blocks should be returned at the following month’s guild meeting. Sometimes when schedules get very hectic, you can at least know you will be sewing a block or two each month for the block exchange, if nothing else!
This program will start in September, skip December and have the last set of kits go out in May. Depending on how many participants we have, you may receive 2 kits in one month.
You might want to consider this as an interesting way to make a quilt for the Silent Auction!!!!
Please let Carol Moonan know if you would like to participate at email@example.com or 703-491-9634.
Point of contact: Kathy Shumer, 703-878-3173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Bruno, 703-680-9734, email@example.com
The farewell block is a wonderful way to say, "remember me" to a fellow quilter who is moving from the Woodbridge area. If you know of someone leaving CBQ please contact the Farewell Block Chairman six weeks prior to departure, or as soon as possible. We would hate to miss giving them a set of farewell blocks!
Directions for making farewell blocks are as follows:
Cut two pieces 6 1/2" x 2 1/2" from a solid color or a print and one 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 from unbleached muslin. Piece all these together with the muslin in the middle to make a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" block.
Sign your name on the muslin strip using a washable ink pen. If you do not have a washable ink pen, Pigma Pens are available at the monthly meeting.
1. Ironing a piece of freezer paper or putting a piece of scotch tape on the back side of
the muslin makes it easier to write on the fabric.
2. To make several blocks at a time, use the strip piecing method by cutting lengths of fabric
2 1/2" wide, sewing them together and rotary cutting them at 6 1/2 inch lengths.
Blocks are also available at the meetings for $.25 each.
Tickets are available for $1 each or 6 for $5
For information on purchasing tickets contact us
Drawing will be held on April 2, 2017
If you are a member in need of raffle tickets to sell please contact Kathy Schumer or Jane Bruno.
As a guild member you are encouraged to make a CBQ badge to wear to guild activities. Instructions are provided for a postcard style badge and traditional piecing or you may use your preferred piecing method. You may also embellish and/or embroider your badge, if you wish.
Postcard Style Instructions:
Print this CBQ pattern and follow the instructions on the printed page.
To make your badge stiff like a postcard use a heavyweight interfacing like Timtex or Pellon 72.
Traditional Piecing Instructions:
Print this CBQ pattern and follow the instructions on the printed page.
CBQ has several bees that meet during the day or in the evening. Members bring their own handwork to stitch and sometimes there is a planned activity. Occasionally these groups go on field trips to museums or quilt shops etc. Add your name to one or more of the groups email lists and you’ll get reminders of when and where the bee is being held. Or you can host a Bee and your quilting friends will come to you.
Further details can be found in the Member Only section of the website.
The Virginia Quilt Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. Located in the historic Warren-Sipe (1856) house in downtown Harrisonburg. Designated as the official quilt museum of the Commonwealth of Virginia, its mission is to "Celebrate and nurture Virginia's quilting heritage". It has revolving quilt exhibits throughout the year, but always has a "Civil War" room to showcase quilts and life from that period. The museum has an executive director and curator, who will educate volunteers in preservation and conservation techniques for the quilts in the museum's collection. There are also lectures, workshops, teas and other events scheduled, which are open to quilt museum members and the public. Opportunities abound for anyone with a passion for quilting and/or quilts to volunteer in a number of capacities to support the museum. For more information on museum activities, exhibits, membership and volunteer opportunities go to www.vaquiltmuseum.org. The museum is located at 301 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA. 540-433-3818. It is open seasonally from February to December, Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (It closes for inclement weather - call or check it's website.) It's about two hours drive from Northern Virginia and well worth the visit.