Three above - all VA quilts that measure 36" by 45" to fit wheel chair or laps. They'll go to our local Veteran's Hospital.
These last three for our Church's quilting group - St. Anne's. All destined for new low-income mothers. Last one is just a flimsy - I make them for other members to sandwich and tie, then someone binds it. That way four have prayed over it and worked on it.
On behalf of all the charities you all work for, I'd like to say Thank You! during this time of Thanksgiving. Blessings!
Two little quilts added to the stack to take for Project Linus:
This used up the remainder of my cowboy boots fabric and the "No Girls Allowed" fabric. I have two other quilts that I quilted while in the quilting mood, but it may take me awhile before I get into the "binding" mood. I did forget my cute little labels for these two quilts. I'm glad I finished them, I was just going to send the pieces off and let someone else finish them, but a finished quilt to touch and look at is always nice!
It's been awhile since I checked on the blogs on my sidebar! I've been busy, but it doesn't seem like I have much to show for all the busy-ness!
Today is my mother's birthday. She turns 89. She's quite the gal for that age. She gets around even more than I do, I think. I had a quilt I was going to give to a friend, but I just couldn't quite get that feeling that the quilt was for her, so I set it aside. Then I thought, maybe I'll send it Project Linus, but that didn't feel quite right either. When I thought about my mother, I realized the colors are just perfect for her. Her birthday is in the fall, she loves fall and loves fall colors. So this quilt went to her and she has already opened the package and loves it. I don't know how many more birthdays she'll have. I live too far away to enjoy them with her, but at least now she has a wrap up from me. I didn't think she'd like one because she has many cover-ups. But, again, I'm shown that I don't know my mother that well. She has table toppers, and wall hangings, but maybe she'll use this one and think of the love that went into it. Scrappy quilts to her remind her of the poverty she knew as a child. I love scrappy quilts and making things from scraps, but she hasn't been too enamored by that process I love so much. I don't know, but I did feel that I needed to give one to her. My sis gets many because she loves them so much and I didn't want to have mother felt left out--it's just that she and my sis look at quilts in two opposing viewpoints.
and the quilting on my home machine
I have a bag ready to take to the pick up place for Project Linus here. These are the quilts I've finished
and this recent one:
In that bag, I had put some quilt tops for someone else to finish, but today, I feel like quilting so maybe I'll take one of the smaller ones out and quilt a bit. It's always fun to get a finish and then that way my bag to Project Linus won't look quite so small. :)
Each month I make blocks and send to our Sunshine Lotto which means that
some of the blocks are made into quilts for Quilts Beyond Borders and
Wrap a Smile.
This month the theme is black and white:
I won the lotto in July and have a couple of tops put together for quilts, but I don't have them finished yet. Maybe soon...
Just sharing a couple of quilts I am donating to Comforts for Children. Comforts for Children is a local organization here in Eugene Oregon that provides quilts to agencies that work with at-risk kids.
Our guild had a sew day. We were asked to make blocks for the quilts we give to the VA hospital. I decided instead of making 12" blocks to make an entire top instead. I found this patriotic rooster that was part of a pillow panel and added borders. It was easy to make the 36" x 45" wheelchair quilt by adding borders.
Just a quick post to share a fun idea. Our local food bank holds an annual event called the Empty Bowls Fundraiser. Many talented artists in the area donate work and some friends and I wanted to join in the fun. As few of us work in ceramics, glass or wood, we decided to focus on what we know and make some fabric bowls.
We simply sewed scraps onto heavy interfacing in a mosaic fashion. There are all sorts of tutorials available and they were really fun to make.
You can even add other embellishments like beading and metallic threads.
In all, I think we made about 15 bowls. Each has its own personality and beauty.
I highly recommend trying this great idea if you have a similar fundraiser in your area.