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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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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!

New Machine & Feb Wrap-Up

February? Really? I’m quite a bit behind as everyday life took a turn recently. A loved one was in the hospital for several days. The good news is that all is now well but it does take me a while these days to get back to normal – whatever normal is!

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Now for my good news! A new machine – the Bablock Jazz! I will be using this primarily for free-motion quilting. Look at all that room! It even has 27 stitches and does 1,000 stitches a minute. That’s fast! It’s also very smooth. (Please note: I am in no way connected to Babylock; this is just a personal review.) The LED lighting is also quite wonderful.

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I’ve played on it, but haven’t yet tackled a quilt. I’ve got some smaller must do’s first. There are ten charity quilt tops waiting to be quilted, so I’ll definitely have lots of opportunity!

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Here is my February project listing. Some progress is definitely better than none!

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Lucky Thirteen

 

That’s how many quilts will be making it out the door for Hospice next week! Add that to the works of other quilters in our little group, and we are donating 24 quilts this year! A week ago they were dedicated at a church service.

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Blurry pic, but does show how great they all looked together for dedication!

Making quilts for Hospice has been a passion of mine for several years now, but I certainly don’t do it alone. I have incorporated sewing blocks into my quilting retreats.  All attending have the option of making blocks from “kits” that have been prepared.  This fall blocks were sewn for 5 quilts!  During the year I will sew the blocks together and complete the quilts. The old adage “many hands make quick work” is so true!

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Even better, others have jumped on the wagon to help. Last Spring Cindy donated several quilt tops. Beverly has donated several quilt tops and surprised me at Fall retreat with a complete quilt! In the spring Tina was so very generous to take blocks home, sew them together and quilt two quilts. What a great army of generosity!

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I have a bin dedicated to this project.  It holds some backing fabrics, completed blocks to be pieced, a few tops that need borders and several quilt tops that need to be quilted. I love knowing that the completion of some of next year’s donations is not far off.

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Beverly’s Quilt

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The two quilts that Tina Pieced and quilted.

 

A preprinted label is added to the back of all the quilts. Rather than trying to come up with a name for each quilt, I have decided to name each one “Comfort and Prayers” for that is truly what these quilts are all about.

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I strongly encourage any quilter who is presented with the opportunity to work on a donation quilt to do so – the rewards are great for all involved.

Quilt & Sew-In Fall II

For one hour, there was silence in the retreat room on Wednesday and then…the magic began again. Attendees of Fall II arrived! Once again there was so much creativity, productivity, conversation and laughter. For me it was double the fun, double the laughter and a little more exhaustion! For the whole week I even got to meet 8 quilters I had never met before which is just awesome.

What can I say about this one except that it is exceptional! Dolores took scrappy to the next level. Even the back is scrappy strips. That is a LOT of sewing!

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At the Spring 2017 retreat, Tina took some of the charity blocks home, squared them, and put them together for two quilt tops. At this retreat she quilted them. (Both are the same). Won’t this bring joy to someone in Hospice care? Thank you Tina – having to just bind these quilts made life a little bit easier for me and gets these quilts to Hospice a lot sooner.

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Two retreats, Double the fun – thank you all for the memories!