Realizations - Fabric Arts 

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Worthy Causes

Most of the quilts on this page were pieced by various groups, mostly from donated fabric, and quilted by Realizations for the cost of thread and batting only. The completed quilts are then donated to one of several agencies, mostly for patients of Hospice or the Cancer Center. Some are raffle quilts made as fund-raisers for non-profit organizations.

Most of the quilts are from the Comforters, a group of Bitterroot Valley quilters in Montana that I was invited to join in the Fall of 2002. The Comforters have been making quilts for Marcus Daly Hospital for more than six years.

This page also includes art quilts donated to various charity auctions in western Montana, benefitting the Daly Mansion, Teller Wildlife Refuge, and Safe Harbor. The title photo is of the finishing stages of machine quilting on the "Daly Mansion" quilt, a group project of the Bent Needlers, a mini-group of the Bitterroot Quilters Guild specializing in applique work.

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The "Daly Mansion" quilt, a group project by the Bent Needlers applique mini-group, members of the Bitterroot Quilt Guild. When completed, the quilt will be loaned to the Daly Mansion museum collection for display in one of the bedrooms in the partially-restored summer home of "Copper King" Marcus Daly. The quilt is approximately 104 inches square. Each block was pieced and appliqued by different members of the group and quilted with heirloom quilting techniques, including feather wreaths in the half-blocks, roses in the appliqued block centers, doubled quarter-inch diamonds in the sashing, a swag in the inner border, and a one-inch grid in the outer border. The background has a very tight stipple.

This photo shows a portion of the scalloped edge, with the binding machine-stitched to the top but yet to be hand-sewn to the backing.

This quilt was awarded first place viewer's choice in the group quilt category at the 2004 Missoula Quilt Guild show, 22-23 May 2004. It was formally presented to the Daly Mansion for display on May 26, 2004.

Detail of one of the appliqued blocks of the Daly Mansion Quilt. After binding, additional hand-quilting will be applied to the leaves and flower blossoms.

Another view of a half-block of the above quilt, showing the sashing and inner border treatment. The machine quilting on this heirloom quilt took approximately 48 hours.

This heart-theme wall hanging is Realizations' 2004 contribution to Montana Public Radio, and was offered as a premium in exchange for a $250 cash pledge during the March fund-raising campaign. Listen to the Montana Public Radio station in your area during Public Radio Week March 13 - March 21, 2004 for details, or pledge on-line at Montana Public Radio.

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