I have been a member of the Plantation Quilters Guild for approximately 9 years now. The guild meets at a Georgia State Park called Jarrell Plantation, and you can click here for more information about upcoming events at the park. The park is located just down the road from the tiny, yet famous, town of Juliette, Georgia. Yes, as in Whistle Stop Cafe. As in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.” It’s just a little slice of Georgia. (And oh how I love me a fried green tomato sandwich- just a little slice of heaven.)
Because the park has been so very good to us, and there is always a need for funding for such parks, we as a guild like to support an organization known as Friends of Jarrell Plantation. For more information about them, and other like organizations, just click here. This year we decided that along with our donations to the gift shop, we would also like to raise funds via a raffle quilt, and so this journey began!
We chose to make “Ice Cream Sandwiches” by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. The pattern is included in her book “Scrappy Firework Quilts”, and is simply fabulous. I am a huge fan of her work, and it doesn’t hurt that she and her husband are two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. You can learn more about her and her products by clicking here.
The pattern consists of (675) 3 1/2″ square ice cream sandwich blocks, which our guild members lovingly and diligently made. I was getting packages in the mail for weeks, and honestly, it went to my head a bit because I like getting mail! The original pattern uses 552 blocks, but we wanted ours a little larger and added a couple of rows and columns.
As you can see from this picture, all of those seams shrink a quit up pretty quick! The bottom is all sewn together, but the top is just displayed on the design wall. The finished size is approximately 75″x81″.
Now that the top is pieced, the torch, or rather the quilt top, will be passed along to the next guild member who has generously volunteered to long arm quilt it. Then along to the next guild member who has offered to bind this baby- all in time for Jarrell Plantation’s Ol’ Time Independence Day celebration. Hope you can come!
Interested in donating to the Friends of Jarrell Plantation for a chance to win this quilt? Watch for future posts and I will let you know when it’s time!