There's still time to participate!
A second Fabric Exchange has been started!!
Fabric needs to be sent in by September 1, 2020

COVID-19 Tribute Quilt Logo

Always remember...
The COVID-19 global pandemic has forever changed the face and heart of our EARTH. Without discrimination, COVID-19 has destroyed millions of lives and livelihoods. Quilters around the world have rushed into action to construct facemasks, gowns, caps and other protective gear. At at time when we want to gather together, we are encouraged (and sometimes, ordered) to stay apart.

One year from now, five years from now, one generation from now, how will you remember COVID-19?
What stories will you tell your children, grandchildren?


Join us - and Join Other Quilters Across America

     Remember, back in the day, we met friends and kept friends as pen pals. We communicated by writing letters, telling of our daily activities, sharing secrets, and securing life-long friends.
     During this pandemic, we are fortunate enough to be able to communicate through cell phone and internet technologies, but there is still a place for good, old-fashioned pen pals.
     While you construct your COVID FRIENDS quilt, you will be sending and receiving fabric scraps from quilters across America. Share your COVID-19 story with your new quilting friends. Meet your new pen pals online during (optional) ZOOM quilt alongs. Who knows, maybe someday soon, you will have the opportunity to meet up with your quilting pen pals at a quilt show or festival. And maybe, just maybe, your COVID FRIENDS quilt will be hanging in the show.


Introducing...COVID FRIENDS Quilt
COVID FRIENDS Quilt - white background      COVID FRIENDS Quilt - black background   

Dig into your stash (or come in to Country Stitches and purchase fabric). For each exchange you will need:
    (1) 2 ½" x 20" strip (80 strips total)
    (1) 1 ½" x 20 strip (80 strips total)
Your total fabric outlay will be less than 4 ½ yards - but don't forget that you will also have to plan for postage costs to send ONE flat rate envelope with your fabric strips to Stitchin' Tree (the host of this program). Sign up with Country Stitches but Stitchin' Tree will coordinate the exchange of all quilters. Stitchin' Tree will collect all the fabrics, and will redistribute them with copies of the information form to other quilters. You can choose whether or not you want to share your contact information with the other quilters you are exchanging with. You will cut a variety of colors. Depending on the fabric selection that you choose (see below), you will be cutting a minimum of five 4" cuts (1 ½" + 2 ½" strips) of Blue, Green, Red, Pink, Purple, Yellow, Orange, Teal/Turquoise. You can choose to cut five strips from the same fabric, or choose five fabrics from each of the color ways.

Stitchin' Tree first introduced their pattern "Old Friends" in 2012. The pattern features nine classic quilt blocks set in an Ohio Star block with 9 by 9-patch setting units. Quilters will select nine block centers from ten block options. Each block center tells part of the COVID-19 pandemic story. 

Anvil of Opression block  Big Apple  Chinese Lantern block  Faith block  Hero Love block

  Masked block  New Baby Bunting  New Friends block  Pandora's Box  Self Isolating block

The deadline to participate in the Fabric Exchange has been extended. If you would like to participate, please make sure your fabric is on it's way to Stitchin' Tree no later than September 1. You can also still sign up to participate without the fabric exchange.  The cost to join is just $40 (with or without participating in the fabric exchange). The quilt measures 108" x 108" when finished. Your membership will included:
- Quilting Pen Pals
- Fabric Exchange (*Fabric Exchange postage costs to distribute to the other quilters)
- Private Facebook Group (although you can participate even if you aren't on Facebook)
- Fabric Exchange Prompts
- Block 1-2-3 Quilt Along - ZOOM - August 17
- Block 4-5-6 Quilt Along - ZOOM - September 21
- Block 7-8-9 Quilt Along - ZOOM - October 19
- COVID FRIENDS Show & Tell - ZOOM - November
- Quilt Along Video Library 

Download this FORM for the fabric exchange. 

Quilters who do NOT want to exchange fabric are also welcome to participate in the COVID FRIENDS quilt.

Click here to purchase the COVID FRIENDS Patterns from Country Stitches

You will also need to add eight yards of background fabric of your choice - white, off white, cream, gray, black, or any color you choose and two-three yards of coordinating fabrics.

Please call or email if you are interested in participating
517-351-2416 ext 3 or


Choose Quilting Pen Pals with Your Fabric Preference
Choose one of the following themes and your fabric will be exchanged with others in that group.

Bright & Cheery
Blenders & Prints

Red, Orange, Yellow,
Green, Blue, Violet,
Bright & Cheery

Red, Orange, Yellow, 
Green, Blue, Violet,
Deep & Rich Cotton
Blenders & Prints

Red, Pumpkin, Gold, Green, Blue,
Violet, Teal

Deep & Rich Cotton

Red, Pumpkin, Gold, 
Green, Blue, Violet, Teal