Friday, September 30, 2011

September Donations, Finishes, WIPs

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
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