Thank you to the Lunch Bunch Quilters (Alicia Campbell, Sallie Jones, Laurie Keogh) for submitting this story.
“They say every quilt has a story, so here is our Block Buffet story.
We have a group that quilts together during most lunch hours. We annually enter quilts in our local fair—Orange County, California—as the Lunch Bunch Quilters. We have a lot of fun, share techniques, and are the repository for fabric from co-workers and more; the old adage of “She with the most fabric when she dies, wins” applies, and then it gets donated to my group. We have a shelving unit about 40 ft. long by 8 ft. tall, and it is full of fabric, batting, and quilting supplies, almost all donated and definitely not coordinated.
When I saw the Block Buffet mystery quilt pattern offered in my weekly email from AQS (the On Point newsletter), I knew this was a group project we could do, and we would be able to use up fabric from the stash. So our number one requirement was there was to be no purchase of fabric or supplies. Since we worked on this pieced project for 45-minute increments at a time, we sometimes forgot where we were so there are a couple of size errors in our blocks. But when the quilt was done, it did look very similar to the reveal photo. We constructed the quilt following the six weekly installments posted on www.QuiltViews.com, completing it with the final installment and always guessing what the next step would be.
This quilt will be used for one of our employee appreciation fundraising opportunity drawings. Over the years we have made more than 150 quilts on our lunch hour, many which are donated to groups like the Veterans, Project Linus, and Senior Santa and Friends (our employer-sponsored charity for seniors and other adults that don’t have family and are part of the Social Services recipients group). We also have an annual opportunity drawing with the proceeds going to Operation Santa Claus, an employer-sponsored charity that works with Toys for Tots and supports kids in foster care with birthday and Christmas presents. We have fun, get to quilt, and support our community.”
Now THAT’S a productive lunch hour!
Posted by Christine N. Brown, American Quilter magazine editor-in-chief. Editor’s note: The pattern and instructions for this quilt may be purchased from designer Linda Hahn at www.froghollowdesigns.com. (It is no longer available through AQS.)