Category Archives: charity quilts

Hello July!

Another month already! Whew – is it just me or is the summer already flying by?  There has been a lot of sewing going on this past month here, but somehow I never seem to feel as though I’ve accomplished as much as I’d like to. About a week was spent sanding and painting my new table. I also took several days to prep backings and bindings for Hospice quilts. Here is one all finished. The quilt top was generously donated by Laurie J. She has donated several to our Hospice group and it is so greatly appreciated! My favorite part of quilting is the piecing, and at this point my least favorite is the quilting. I am trying to build my skills, but really am not complaining because receiving quilt tops is such a boost to our cause!

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I also went to the Pineapple Fabric sale last week in Archdale, NC.  If you are ever close enough, it is worth the trip! There was a huge clearance tent and the fabrics were about $4 a yard.  There was a room of batiks and their main room was packed full of wonderful top quality quilting fabric all at discount prices. I went for specific needs for existing projects, but couldn’t resist these precut strips.  Can’t help myself – will begin this one any day now.  I love a mindless project!

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And here is my June wrap up.  All in all, I am very pleased.  Add to that, my studio got quite a bit more organized so I am one happy quilter!

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Two More!

Needle and Thread ThursdayMy goal for June was to quilt and finish as many Hospice quilts as possible.  I have been working on it for the last few days, but because so much of my time went into finishing my new sewing table, I could not begin earlier.

I pulled out all the quilt tops and if I had not already had a backing stored with them, I chose one. I also prepped the binding for each. Oh my – look at all those bindings!

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I prepped the batting for two of the quilts and sandwiched them. Now it was time to quilt!

I especially like this one because it is well suited for a male. See the lion peeking out?

Lion Hospice

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This paintbrush quilt is so bright and cheerful and is sure to bring a smile to someone in Hospice care.

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The blocks for both of these quilts were pieced by those attending the Quilt & Sew-In retreats. I then put the blocks together and finish the quilt. It is a great way to get more charity quilts done and is fun for all!

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New Sewing Machine Table

This quilter is so lucky to have a hubby who is not only very handy, but very willing to improve my creative space! I recently got a new Jazz machine that I blogged about here. My Bernina is set into my big sewing desk and I love it.  We talked about the possibility of doing something similar for the Jazz with the craft table I had. It proved to be easier and much better to just make a whole new one.  Hubby sketched it out and went to work.  Amazing – he had it built within two weeks! I had the chore of sanding and painting.  Not my favorite chores, but not to complain when the end result was a great table complete with bookshelves!

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Hours after the paint dried we carried it to the table’s new home. It took me about two seconds to begin rearranging things and filling up the shelves!  I have even quilted one Hospice quilt on it and am prepping another.

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There’s a back shelf for the Jazz’s parts and bobbins, and my empty project containers.  The front shelf has my books, small dies for the Big Kick and photos that I plan to get to (someday). I recently mightily downsized my book collection and have found that I now enjoy them more. The top of the desk is also home to my Scan n’ cut.  Hmmm…now I’m thinking it may be fitting to recover my chair…

Quilt Cabinet and Topper

It made me sad to have a pile of my quilts hidden away in a closet. I do have three quilt ladders in the house and quilts on beds and sofas. It was clear I needed a cabinet to house my quilts that made them somewhat visible. I so lucked out at a local antique mall. Technically it is a curio cabinet, but I just removed the glass shelf, neatly folded the quilts and placed them in two stacks – a total of seventeen! And what a bonus to have all that closet space back!

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Now the top of the cabinet needed something. I thought about doing a small table runner, but I have vowed to not begin any new quilts for a while. Ah Ha! A rope table topper with fabric scraps. It was done in just a few hours and is now on the cabinet top. Another score!

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All this made me curious as to just how many quilts I have in the house. Without going around actually counting, I came up with the number 41.  Later I did count quilts, wall hangings and table runners in my home and the grand total is 64.  I know that’s far less than many quilters have in their home, but wow – really – it’s still a lot! And when I think of all the quilts I’ve given as gifts and to charity! Some day soon I’ll go through my blog and see if I can come up with a count – or maybe I better not – it could scare me away!

May was a very productive month – maybe because it rained, and rained, and rained…

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Surprises & A Great Retreat!

Last week was the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat and it was a blast! There was so much sewing going on, but that is truly the least of it. The sharing, assistance, laughing and teaching moments were all such treasures. The generous spirit of all who attended was just amazingly wonderful. How lucky am I to bring these quilters back together each year!

And there were surprises! Beverly made these darling heart appliqued bags for everyone and a few extras for the wonderful employees of the inn where we stay. She also made  cute little butterflies (mine, unfortunately, is camera shy). She is the resident crochet queen! In addition, she blessed me with the crocheted doilies (if I ever made one of these, I don’t think I’d be giving them away!) and a sewing machine cover with pockets for tools.

Sandra made everyone this cute finger pin cushion (on the right).  It is going to be a real bonus for me when I am hand appliqueing.

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In their goody bags, each attendee received a pin cushion with a Velcro backing – perfect to place on your sewing machine or table or wherever you might find it handy (above left). Several were put to use shortly after receiving them! Both were made with bottle caps as the base.

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Something very special that happens at retreat is that there is a bucket of block “kits” for each to sew if they choose. The blocks are then put together for Hospice quilts. Everyone sewed one – some more than one! These batiks are going to make a beautiful quilt. The very masculine blocks were put together and the quilt top is already finished – Yeah!

AND there was a last minute sponsor – Woo Hoo! Northcott Fabrics so very generously sent these goodies. Sponsor generosity helps to make the retreats so very special.

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In the Fall we retreat again in Blowing Rock. Lucky me – I of course get to be there!

Two For Charity

image10.jpegThere are several completed quilt tops in the charity bin and finally I quilted and bound one of them. This was done with random width strips of a fun and colorful nautical fabric donated by a fabric company. The strips were sewn into groups of three at the last fall Quilt & Sew-In by several of those who attended. It feels so good to have one completely done!

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The second finished quilt was donated by a friend and generous quilter. Laurie showed up one day with this sweet, sweet quilt completely finished! I especially love the quilted motifs in the blocks. This quilt will surely bring a smile to someone’s face and give them comfort. She also brought with her some blocks and quilt tops –  Thank you Laurie for your generosity!

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Donations of blocks, quilt tops and finished quilts are always welcome! Just leave me a comment that you would like to make a donation and I will send you the address. All finished quilts are donated to the local Hospice office and they in turn give patients quilts to help comfort them during their time of need. Last year our small group donated about 27 quilts and we would love to increase that number as the local office has hundreds of patients.

Thank you quilters – you are a generous group!