Quilts for Sonoma Fire Survivors

Free Quilts for Sonoma Fire Victims

Yes, we have quilts! When the Sonoma fires broke out in October, I had to do something. I’m not built for firefighting, and I wasn’t able to donate money, but I had fabric, a sewing machine and a bunch of crafty friends with more fabric and batting who also wanted to help! Here we are quilting away at Black Squirrel in Berkeley. Several quilts tops were older projects that just needed batting and a backing, and we were happy to oblige. Several people donated fabric and batting from their stash, and we made simpler, smaller quilts to make them more portable and washable.

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Normally quilting is a solitary practice for me, but this project allowed me to learn from more experienced quilters, as well as teach others who had less experience than myself. It was also fun to see the wide range of colors and styles that people chose. I adore this abstract asymmetrical quilt top by Andrea Slater. This piece is already earmarked for a recipient.


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Here are the quilts that are currently available. Each is assigned a number for identification. To request a quilt, send me an email at ilah@eatbetterfeelbetter.com with the number for the quilt you would like and your mailing address. If you wish to order a quilt for someone else, please let them choose the one they want and make sure they have the space to store it. Do not ask me to pick one out for them. If you don’t see a quilt that suits your taste, wait a few days and check again.

Be warned that they are currently stored in a house that contains a cat. If you are allergic I will wash and package them immediately once they are clean.

The dimensions and people who made them are listed below each picture.

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 1. This cheerful quilt is 3′ 10″ x 3’10″ and was pieced by Susan Correa and quilted by Ilah Jarvis.

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2. This sweet little quilt is 2′ 9″ x 4′ 3″ and was made by Susan Correa.

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3. This geisha covered quilt top is 6′ x 4′ 4″ was made by Sarah Arrindell and quilted by me. The full sized photo doesn’t do it justice. Check out the detail below. Gorgeous.

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FullSizeRender (14)4. This one is a mere 2′ 7″ x 3′ 8″ by Dianne Rodrigues and made us think of a tropical vacation. 

Note! The following three quilts are no longer available. I apologize for not removing them from this page due to technical difficulties.

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5. This amazing, detailed quilt is This quilt is 4′ 8″ x 4′ 8″ and was made by master quilter Sally Bingham

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6. This and the next quilt are very similar, but not identical. This quilt is 4′ 8″ x 4′ 8″ and was made by master quilter Sally Bingham

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7. This quilt is 4′ 8″ x 4′ 8″and was made by master quilter Sally Bingham

There are several more quilts in progress, which I will post as soon as they are finished.

Big Thanks go to the following people for their participation in this project:

Sarah Arrindell, Rebecca Anaya, Sally Bingham, Chase Clark, Paquerette Clark, Susan Correa, Elizabeth Kwok, Heather Pleva, Dianne Rodrigues, Andrea Slater, Nana Witzke and Mitch

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