Category Archives: charity quilts

Flannel Finish

The first Hospice quilt of the year is done! It’s such a happy and bright quilt and the flannel is so warm and cozy. This was such an easy finish as the donated blocks had been quilted onto batting.  I squared the blocks, pieced them, backed and did simple quilting along the seam lines and then diagonally.

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I’m thrilled to have a Hospice finish this early in the year. My gratitude to the donor for all the hours of work that were put into the blocks before they were sent to me. Our little quilting group meets this week and I can’t wait to share all the other projects that were donated over the last several months.

Don’t forget to visit the Island Batik blog hop – great projects and giveaways! My turn will be on January 28.

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In the Mail – Great Mail!

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A while back I received yet another box of goodies for the Hospice Quilts. There was no note in the box, and no return address. Such generosity! So whoever you are dear donor, thank you, thank you, thank you!

There were TWO jelly rolls…

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There were geometric print strips, enough to make a quilt…

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And, there were string blocks, sewn on batting and decorative stitches along the strips. I could not contain myself. I went ahead and put the blocks together. A backing will be cut shortly, some quilting and binding done and voila! A Hospice quilt for 2019. There was also a pile of the strips that were used in the string blocks – many, many strips.

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And if that weren’t enough – a pile of 5″ blocks. Oh what fun these will be to play with! Thank you just doesn’t seem adequate. Please check back dear donor to see what is made in the coming year with your generous donation.

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AND another wonderful box arrived from Debbie H.  She started this quilt some time ago, had it tucked away, and generously sent it to our group for finishing. Now here’s the kicker – this quilt is hand pieced and the quilting that was begun is by hand! We will gladly finish it…but…the quilting will most probably be done by machine. What made this donation even more fun is that she included the templates she used for the pattern – templates she made!

IMG_0020 (Medium)IMG_0021 (Medium)PLEASE NOTE: Donations to our Hospice group have been a wonderful blessing.  We now have more than enough to work on and will NOT be accepting any more donations until further notice. Thank you!

Last Quilt of 2018

Taking a break until 2019 is in order but I want to first share my final finish of 2019.  I had many 2 1/2 inch strips of Kaffe fabric. Some were from a design roll and some from another project.  Never have I ever done a Jelly Roll Race quilt so I thought that might be fun. However, after separating the light and darks, I decided on something a bit more dramatic.

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Matching the diagonal strips was a bit challenging, but once I figured out the method, it wasn’t too bad. I really like the look and best of all, the cutting was already done!

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I quilted straight lines and decided to do circles in three places. I began to machine stitch those but noticed that they weren’t showing up very well. I took the circle machine stitching out, found some hand quilting thread (a heavier thread) in my stash, and big-stitched by hand. I did a lot of the hand stitching while at a sewing get-away. I found it so relaxing. Best of all, I love the look!

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And now for my round-up for 2018.  On my monthly Project Progress Listing, I usually list only those projects that I’m currently working on. My goal has been to reduce my Works in Progress (projects already begun).  I’ve done the complete listing here and am so pleased to be at seventeen.  It is still a lot and because my goal is to get it to five, I still have a ways to go. Several are almost done – just need quilting. I’m doing more of my own quilting, so they won’t get finished as quickly as I’d like, but I strongly plan to get to my goal this year! (AND 17 completed and donated Hospice quilts)

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Thank you to all my followers and visitors to my creative journey this past year. Your comments are always so uplifting. I appreciate all of you so much. May you and yours have the best New Year ever!

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Fun & Generous Mail!

Donations in the mail have just been so fun! I am touched with the generosity to the Hospice Quilt ministry that I am a part of. A few weeks ago a box came from another generous soul.

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There were many, many of these Star blocks, instructions for making more, and the fabric to complete the quilt!

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Here are a variety of colorful and fun blocks.

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And another group of appliqued blocks. Our group can surely get creative with these.

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Many thanks to Carol at Tea Leaf Quilts for this generous contribution. Meeting with the Hospice quilt sewers in January is going to be a fun time as we pick and choose from the wonderful donations received.

 

Amazing Mail

A couple of weeks ago a big box of goodness and generosity arrived at my house. The donor wishes to remain anonymous and of course I absolutely respect that. But really, look at this: Some of these blocks are already sewn together. There is probably enough for 3 lap quilts! That is a LOT of sewing!!

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I love the mixture of vintage and black and white fabrics in these blocks. There’s also plenty of fabric to complete a quilt.

And more scrappy goodness!

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Lots of four patches here to make a wonderful quilt or two.

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More fabric to help complete where needed.

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Four patches, four patches – these will definitely be fun to put together. Love that they will also be perfect quilts for a male – not as easy to come by. And half square triangles – that’s a lot of sewing that’s been done here and they’re all trimmed too!

Last, and most certainly not least, are these triangles – lots of possibilities here.

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WHEW! Can you believe this was all in one box?! Our group will get together in January and there will be sorting and choosing to do. Not an easy choice for sure – I want to work on all of them!

Thank you, thank you, thank you again to this dear reader for giving so generously for something so close to her heart.

 

 

 

Yes, It’s Really December!

It’s been a sew filled eleven months. Typically I don’t get a lot done in December, but I’m going to try to get a few things down the road.

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Before being donated, I usually hang all the Hospice quilts I have outside for a pic, but days of rain, rain, rain, prohibited me from doing that. Instead, I laid them out in groups on the floor. I love seeing all the color and imagining the comfort and joy they will bring!

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And then, about a week ago the Hospice quilts were taken to Fairview Church to be dedicated. They just looked so beautiful. The pastor had a wonderful sermon tied into the dedication (not many dry eyes in the church when he was done) and then the congregation prayed over the quilts. Next week they will all be delivered to the local Hospice office and soon be given to various patients.

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My thanks to the so many who contributed to this effort:  Quilters at my retreats who put blocks together, blog readers who send blocks, flimsy quilt tops and completed quilts, and local quilters who donate flimsy quilt tops and completed quilts.

This wonderful process will begin again in 2019! And now for my November progress listing:

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Red “X” Blocks

I recently came upon the blog, “The 70273 Project” or as I think of it as the “Red X Project.” The project is fully explained on the blog, but very simply put, it is to commemorate the 70,273 people executed by the Nazis between 1940 and 1941 for being physically “unfit.” Upon examination by doctors, if a patient received two red X’s on their chart, they were executed within 72 hours. Jeanne is collecting blocks, quilts and donations to put together quilts containing a total of 70,273 blocks and putting the finished quilts on display all over the world to educate and to commemorate the victims.

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When I happened upon and read her post, I was so moved. The night before I headed to my retreat I had some time and decided that since my current projects were already packed, it would be a perfect time to make four blocks – two of each size. They are easy and my heart was definitely in it. The full story and instructions are on the 70273 project blog.

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I did get these sent off – it’s not a huge contribution, but one that will lessen the number of blocks by four. Thank you Jeanne for this opportunity.

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