Sew A Simple Quilt For A Good Cause
Operation Alzheimer's Prevention
This year, Sew News and the Mountain States Division of Life Care Centers of America present Sew Your Support: Operation Alzheimer's Prevention. We hope to raise $5,000 in 2011 to donate to the Alzheimer's Association by auctioning small lap quilts made by you!
The Alzheimer's Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Life Care operates more than 200 skilled nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement living communities, home care services, and Alzheimer's centers throughout the U.S. The Mountain States Division hosts numerous fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for Alzheimer's research, and Life Care is the Statewide Presenting Sponsor of the Colorado Alzheimer's Association Memory Walks.
We've teamed with our sister publication Quilter's Newsletter, to bring you "Fond Memories," a lap quilt measuring 32"x40". (Full instructions below). Add a personal touch and make your quilt in memory of a loved one touched by Alzheimer's, if desired. Attach a label displaying a caring sentiment, too. Or keep it simple and utilize fabric scraps for the quilt top. Anything goes with this simple quilt pattern! If you own a quilt and would like to donate it, or if you have a different quilt pattern you'd rather use, please do so. The important thing is to participate!
We encourage you to get others involved. Share the directions with local churches, community organizations, Girl Scout troops or friends and family along with shipping instructions. The more quilts we provide, the more money will be raised! Donated quilts will be auctioned at events hosted by the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities in the Mountain States Divisions of Life Care. Auctions will be held throughout the year and the money raised will go directly to the Alzheimer's Association.
Send completed quilts to:
Operation Alzheimer's Prevention
741 Corporate Circle, Suite A
Golden, CO 80401
PROGRESS REPORT: Throughout the year, we'll update you on the progress of this effort!
Find a Life Care Center near you at lcca.com, or call (423) 472-9585.
Learn more about the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.
Visit quiltersnewsletter.com for more great quilt patterns, tips and techniques.
designed by Angie Hodapp, courtesy of Quilter's Newsletter magazine
From fabric A, cut six 8 7/8" squares, and then cut each square on the diagonal to create two triangles.
From fabric B, cut twenty-four 4 1/2" squares.
From fabric C, cut six 8 7/8" squares, and then cut each square on the diagonal to create two triangles. Cut two 2 1/2"x32 1/2" strips two 2 1/2"x36 1/2" strips for the outer border.
From fabric D, cut two 2 1/2"x28 1/2" strips and two 2 1/2"x32 1/2" strips for the inner borders.
From the binding fabric, cut four 2 1/2"x44" strips. Piece the strips along the short ends to create one long strip.
Trim the selvages from the backing fabric to create one 36"x44" rectangle; set aside.
Position one B square along one A triangle, matching the corners. Stitch diagonally across the B square (1). Trim the seam allowance to 1/4", and then press to create Unit 1 (2). Repeat to create 12 Unit 1 triangles.
Position one B square along one C triangle, matching the corners. Stitch diagonally across the B square. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4", and then press to create Unit 2. Repeat to create 12 Unit 2 triangles.
Align one Unit 1 and one Unit 2 with right sides together. Stitch the long edge, and then press open the seam. Repeat to create 12 blocks.
On a flat work surface, arrange the blocks in a zigzag pattern, referring to the Quilt Diagram at image for placement.
Piece the blocks, pressing the seam allowances of alternating rows in opposite directions.
Join the rows, and then press open the seams.
Position one long C border strip along each quilt side with right sides together. Stitch the long edge, and then press the seam toward the border.
Position one short C border strip along the quilt upper and lower edge with right sides together. Stitch the long edge, and then press the seam toward the border.
Position one long D border strip along each quilt side with right sides together. Stitch the long edge, and then press the seam toward the border.
Position one short D border strip along the quilt upper and lower edge with right sides together. Stitch the long edge, and then press the seam toward the border.
Position the quilt on a flat surface with the wrong side facing up. Position the batting over the quilt, and then the backing right side up over the batting. Pin-, machine- or hand-baste through all layers.
Quilt in the ditch, free-motion quilt or quilt as desired.
Trim the quilt so all edges are even.
Bind the quilt using the binding strip and the method of your choice.
Westminster Fibers provided the fabric: (800) 445-9276, westminsterfibers.com.
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