In the Winter 2011 issue of McCall’s Quilting America Loves Scrap Quilts you will find my quilt, “Wings of Liberty.” At the time of publication, I lived in Boeblingen, Germany and attended the German quilt group in nearby Schoenaich. The group meets monthly in the Fellowship Hall (Gemeindehaus) of the Laurentiuskirche (Lutheran church). Each year the Schoenaich quilters make a quilt to raffle at the spring cake bazaar. I was thrilled that they chose to make “Wings of Liberty” as the raffle quilt this year!
Birgit, the raffle quilt coordinator, requested beige/white, red, and light and dark blue fabrics from the members’ stashes. She cut some from each donation and returned the leftovers to the members. Birgit cut squares and made kits for the beige/blue blocks. Helen cut and sewed the beige/red half square triangles and made kits for the triangles/squares blocks. The kits were distributed to the guild members. While they sewed blocks for the quilt, Birgit precut the blue border strips.
A guild retreat in Bad Herrenalb last fall provided the impetus for finishing the quilt top. Later, Lisa quilted and bound the quilt. The leftover blocks were transformed into pillows and pot holders. These also served as prizes at the bazaar.
The quilt raised a record amount, over 1389 euro, which will be used to help pay the church youth adviser (Jugendreferent).
More about the cake bazaar . . . In early spring, the Lutheran church turns off the heat in the sanctuary so that the donated cakes will rest on pews in refrigerator-like conditions.
They jokingly tell parishoners that no one can die or be married the week prior to the bazaar! All week the ladies of the church out-do themselves in making delicious cakes for the bazaar. And a local baker donates oven space. Bazaar day is quite the occasion in Schoenaich, whether you purchase a yummy cake or win a quilted prize!