Saturday, March 8, 2014

Quilts from the Heart

I have to say "sorry" in advance. This is rather a long post with only two pictures at the end. But I need to share.

I have long wanted to belong to a charity quilt group. Don’t get me wrong! There are lots of them and I’ve been offered opportunities but I hadn’t found one that suited me! I wanted one that had local ties. I admire everyone who does charity quilts, no matter their destination, but I wanted to support local needs. There are many wonderful church groups and although I know I would be welcome there, I just am not a person that regularly attends church and I wasn’t sure that was a good match for me.

I had been motivated and inspired by Sarah of and had thought that if I couldn’t find a group that was what I wanted I would review her helpful blog for help on creating a group.  I believe Sarah is even writing a book on that topic.  And then there is Beth, if you read her blog   you will immediately love her. Beth also hosts this blog.  She does many, many wonderful donation quilts. I’ve helped by sending her orphan blocks and bits of fabric.  I’ve contributed money, blocks, fabric to other groups and calls for help. Quilts of Valor, Katrina victims, and others.  Any time one of the bloggers I followed called for help, I helped where I could. Now tho’, although not forsaking all others. I’m thrilled to be a part of a close knit, hands on local group.

When I moved to Ocean Park, WA I knew there was a quilt guild but I wasn’t aware of the charity group “Quilts from the Heart” It is wonderful! The people are great! We are fortunate in that we are able to use the Senior Center for our activities. Each person can do a whole quilt, or part of a quilt. We have many who we call “toppers” people who like to piece but never get around to quilting those tops…but never fear! There are people in the group that will do it for you!  Dixie is one of the fastest FMQ quilters I’ve ever seen but there is also Marge and Brooke. And many of use, me included, are happy to do quilting with our walking foot.

Yesterday was a day designated to layer quilts.  This is my least favorite thing to do. But when I got there, the parking lot was full! Everyone was there to help. I have no idea how many tops got layered yesterday but as they say “many hands make light work.”  We had fun! We laughed, we got to know each other and it was like being at camp. We even had a woman who played the piano and we sang old songs as we worked.  Aren’t you jealous?  I came home thrilled to be living where I live and fortunate to have met a group of people that are “my people.”

So am I happy? I sure am! And I'm taking a lesson from Michelle of Michelle’s Romantic Tangle and giving my donation quilts human names. Just as she does. You will be amazed how many baby quilts Michelle does. She is my idol! So, finally, I present Abby, or Abigail, my first start to finish quilt for Quilts from the Heart.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Quick Quilt

 Here's the lap quilt I made using Jenny Doan's Self Binding Receiving Blanket tutorial.  Go here to read about it.  This one is going to a local Kaiser Permanente Breast Cancer Center. I was wondering if it would work as a rectangle - Jenny made a square one - and yes, it does work as long as you mark those centers. It measures around 38" by 46".  I'll be making more like this one.
I only had about a 5" square of waste using this method.

Here's the back.
It took me about 20 minutes to make not counting washing the flannel so that it would shrink.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Quilts for babies in Papua New Guinea.

Hi Sarah and Beth, it has been a while since I posted anything here, but there has been a lot happening Down Under with quilts for charity!  Aussie Heroes are still going strong, and received a fabulous write up in one of our Aussie patchwork magazines last year.
I have created a blog for quilts that are being made for native babies in Papua New Guinea.  A cousin by marriage (actually my husband's cousin's wife) works in third world countries with displaced people, and a year or so ago, she was telling me about the work she does with natives of PNG.  I was so touched by what she told me I offered to make some quilts for the babies, and that is how this project was born.  You can read about it on my blog Patea PNG Quilt Collective, and I would be happy for you to add it to the sidebar on this blog!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Deanna, Fern and I worked on a QOV(Quilt of Valor) quilt Feb 1st during a National Service Day sponsored by The QOV Foundation. There were 29 of us working away to start 15 quilt tops. We were the first done - took about 3 hours.  Deanna made the embroidered blocks , Fern did the lay-out. I measured and cut out the borders, and all three of us sewed.  It will be given to a local wounded soldier.  Measures 62 x 69. Oh and the Natl org called and Deanna won one of the prizes for the day. We've got a second one being assembled now.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quilt Top For a Fire Fighter

I sent in a quilt top for the collection named in the post below.. Deb's Smokin' Hot Quilt challenge. I was so glad she was willing to accept tops! Here is what I sent:

Carol E.
Giraffe Dreams

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

An opportunity to GIVE

Happy New Year!
Hope this is a year FULL of giving quilts AWAY!
Debra posted today about a GREAT opportunity.
She is hosting
Stop by her blog and find out what it's all about.
She is making and collecting quilts
to cover ALL the beds in a FIREHOUSE.
She would like masculine quilts.
She'll even take quilt tops.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Quilts for an Enlarged Family

One year ago I was asked to make Christmas stockings for a family who had just adopted several older children.. I think it was three that they adopted, increasing their number of children from three to six. So I made 8 Christmas stockings for them, from fabric they had all chosen as their particular preferences, with one same fabric in each to show that they all belong together. That was a lot of fun to be a part of. I asked the mom if I could keep the scraps. She said sure.

My plan all along was to use the scraps for quilts for the same family. They didn't ask for quilts, but the "scraps" were so numerous that I knew I could get a couple of quilts made.

Recently they were completed, and I will soon mail them to the family. They will be totally surprised as they did not ask for quilts and are not expecting them. Wish I could be there to see their faces, but it's fun just to send a happy surprise like this and to be part of the celebrating that this family was able to expand their hearts and welcome in three more children.