Many know of the mass shooting that occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday, May 31. Twelve people were fatally shot; eleven city employees and one contractor who was at the building to obtain a permit. Four people remain in critical condition at area hospitals. This senseless tragedy leaves behind grieving families and friends and community. Virginia Beach is a sprawling suburbia/rural community that feels like a small hometown. Everyone knows you, or knows someone that knows you. We are in shock. We are hurt. We are sad.

Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild members have been asked to create #vbstrong quilts for the victims and grieving families. The quilt blocks consist of a low volume background with a blue plus in the center. If you would like to help create one (or more) of these quilt blocks, please contact the VBMQG or leave a comment. The guild would like to gift the quilts as soon as possible. Sewing information on the blocks may be found here.

Gun control in the United States is a sticky, contentious, controversial mess; with every acrimonious discussion. I have family and friends on both sides of the issue. Today, let’s set aside our differences to create something for these families, small as it is, to let them know they are not alone.

We quilters are a community and when needed this is what we do.

Thank you for your help — Joanne

Wedding Gift Quilt

Well, that’s it. Party’s over.  For many students in the States, it’s back to school (ummm, we started back two weeks ago). It still feels like summer and it’s a beautiful day to photograph a gift to my friends! This is the first quilt I’ve made that I am giving to someone outside my immediate family. No pressure!  😉 

quilt_lisa-deck1My dear friends are blending their families when they get married in September. I thought long and hard for the right design, feel and color. I wanted to give them something from my heart.


They live at the oceanfront with their four boys and two dogs. Michael Miller’s Indigo Ikat line reminds me of the water, while not appearing too girly.quilt_lisa-beach1

I envision this new family snuggling together by the fire on winter nights as they watch a little TV wrapped in their family quilt.quilt_lisa-back

I hope they enjoy it for years to come!


Have a good week! – – Joanne