DONATIONS:Victoria from Bumble Beans issued a challenge to meet the goal of 750 quilts for Basics Housing in Bronx, NY.... see Bumble Beans blog at http://www.bumblebeansbasics.com/
and click on the link there for more information on Basics.
Here are two quilts that are on their way to the Bronx to find a new home. Hopefully they will bring some comfort to their new owners.
I've also made two quilt blocks this month. A girl that works at our local library asked all local groups and donors/supporters of the library to donate a quilt block which she will then make into a quilt for a display at some future date. The second block is for a quilt for Meghan who had been badly injured in a car accident.
I made this brightly colored table runner just because I loved the color combination in the side fabric. I found some coordinatng fat quarters to make the pieced blocks. I do have some remaining scraps and hope to get a coordinating place mat or two made to go with it.
I also quilted this "Only Christmas Spoken Here" wall hanging which has already moved on to it's new home.
I participated in a 9-patch swap some time ago and had these extra orphan blocks remaining. So I put them together into this 42 inch wall hanging/table topper and moved it over to my pile awaiting it's turn to be quilted.
I also finished the applique on this basket sampler wall hanging started in a class by Pat Sloan back in July. I hung it up, unquilted, just to have a more fall-like wall hanging (my husband was tired of looking at the christmas cardinals I had finished last winter) Now that I have seen it up, I think I may have to add another border so that it fits between my hang-ups better. But for now I'm officially calling it moved to my waiting to be quilted pile!
Back in the 70's when I was still in high school, my Uncle Tom and Aunt Polly discovered they were pregnant. She was busy/exhausted raising 2 year old Rachael and she asked me to fly to California and be a mother's helper during my summer break. I agreed and took on several odd-jobs babysitting, housecleaning, window washing and delivering newspapers saving every penny to pay the airfare. Michael T was born on June 11th and as soon as school let out at the end of June I took my first plane ride cross country! I ran after and entertained Rachael while my aunt took care of the new baby... I'm sure I had a turn or two at changing diapers and feeding him bottles too! While I was there I was honored to stand up at his Christening as his Godmother!
Being on opposite sides of the continent I didn't get a chance see him growing up into the man he has become. But, I recently connected with him on Facebook. In our online conversations he mentioned that he would like to have a quilt, so I started making Strip Twist pattern for him. So far I have the 40 "light" blocks made and am working on sewing the strips for the 40 "dark" blocks.
I know, the picture doesn't show much... but that's on purpose... I want the final results to be a surprise for him!
Oh... and just so you don't think I'm a slacker.... I've had booths at 3 different shows and quilted 13 customer quilts this month! Check out my facebook page to see them.www.facebook.com/HillsdaleQuilts