Comfort by the Long Island MQG

By Mario J. Mulea

We are the Long Island Modern Quilt Guild - an amazing, dedicated and enthusiastic group of modern quilters. Proudly, we are one of the newest members of the Modern Quilt Guild family.

We became aware of the charity quilt challenge and decided as a group to participate. Inspiration was next. While attending the Southampton Designer's Show house I was introduced to East End Hospice's Camp Good Grief. They are based on Long Island and is a bereavement camp for grieving children and teenagers, provided free of charge through donations. I proposed Camp Good Grief to my guild as our charity of choice. After reading their mission statement to my fellow quilters, my suggestion was unanimously approved.

Camp Good Grief and quilts have something in common- they both provide comfort. “Comfort” became the name of our quilt and the first row in the design process.

We also wanted the quilt to reflect Long Island (the largest island in the continental United States). To that end, I proposed the use of the nautical flag alphabet. What could be more modern or more traditional than using the nautical flags to convey a message that is bright, colorful and inspirational?

This alphabet was used to identify the charity, mission, location and a condensed version of their mission statement. The coordinates for the geographical center of Long Island and a nautical compass made from a New York Beauty block variation make up the center of our quilt.

We used Electric Quilt 8 to bring our design to life and AutoCad to figure out fabric requirements. Each block was printed in color as a reference and in scale to keep all blocks consistent. Design packets were made for each of the eleven participating members: nine makers for block and row construction, one for quilt row assembly, applique and sashing and one to back, bind and long arm quilt. All participants were so eager to to work on the project that the fabric packets were picked up immediately and, in fact, some were completed within 2 days!

My favorite part of the process, besides the finished quilt, was the immense enthusiasm and support of my fellow quilters in what seems to me to be a crazy idea that I could not get out of my head.

My overwhelming gratitude goes to my fabulous Long Island Modern Quilt Guild team: Amy Abrie, Janet Coe, Susan Cohen-Pessah, Maureen Hyslop, Colleen Kesterson, Lorraine Lucas, Nancy Mangieri, Julie Okwit, Kim Soper (of “Lincoln” fame) and Karen Wooley.

To learn more about the Long Island MQG, visit their website or their Instagram @LIMQG.

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Cheyann Neades