Monday, November 23, 2015

Quankets for foster kids

Star surround quilt
Flower Power
August 2015

Hourglass block quilt
Country Fair
September 2015

Quankets for foster kids
Don’t Fence Me In
September 2015

Wagga Rug
Virgie’s Wagga Rug
November 2015

Here are four more quankets that I donated to foster kids over the past few months.

In the U.S., there are over 463,000 children living without permanent families in the foster care system. This is a staggering number. Since beginning my Love Hugs project three years ago, I have donated 55 quilts to my county's Child Protective Services. The quilts are given to kids as they enter the foster care system, since a lot of these kids are literally pulled from their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. I hope that the kids that receive one of my quilts feels comforted in knowing that they are loved by someone that doesn't even know them.

If you are a quilter looking for a new outlet for donating your charitable quilts, I hope that you will consider donating to your local child protective services agency.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Remembrance Quilt

I made this quilt for a friend from her late husband's shirts.  He loved his Harley and had many Harley Davidson shirts.   I used several of the Harley emblems in the block centers.

 He passed away earlier this year from complications from a fall, and leaves his beautiful widow.  I hope she wraps up in his shirts and rests her mind on his love and their good memories.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Two Quilts

These two are going to a reservation in Northern Minnesota, where they have an annual baby shower.

The farm scene quilt was a sample that I purchased in a quilt shop and then finished.

-Carol E.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Two more quilts for foster kids

charity quilt
Don Diego
June 2015

Don Diego is the 50th donation quilt I have made since I started on this path over 2 years ago. I typically like to finish one girl and one boy quilt and then drop them off at the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services. With the completion of Mr. Blue Sky, Don Diego was donated in July 2015.

Mr. Blue Sky
July 2015

The center section is based off of a standard 16-patch block. I played with the color saturation, making half of each block light blue and half dark blue, with the color change occurring on the diagonal. I also played around with the arrangement of the blocks. It was amazing to see how with a simple rotation of each block, the entire quilt shifted to read either as light or dark blue. I preferred it “reading” as dark blue, and I think it will be perfect for a boy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For a Friend's New Granddaughter

On May 23 I got a letter from my friend, telling me that her daughter was due to have a baby in early June. Later in the evening on May 23 I got an e-mail saying that the baby had been born on May 22. So I sat right down and made her a quilt. Will put it in the mail soon.

--Carol E.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Around the Table

charity quilt
Around the Table
June 2015

This is a framed squares quilt pattern. The center of each square came from a donation I received of a book of tablecloth samples, which is partly the inspiration for the name. As I sat sewing this quilt, I thought a lot about the many fond memories I have of gatherings around a table: Birthday celebrations, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with family and friends; times spent when my two girls were little playing games at the table and now with them and their families playing games around the table! The name Around the Table just seemed right for this one.

I donated this quilt to Diana Jasany’s Girl Scout Gold Award project. You can follow Diana’s journey on her Facebook page.

Monday, June 1, 2015


charity quilt
May 2015

This is a log cabin quilt. To understand the name I chose, you may need to zoom in on the picture to see the actual fabric – I think it’s perfect for a boy’s quilt!

I donated this quilt visa vie the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2015. I chose to donate it to Nita who blogs at Because You Matter since her goals and focus are similar to mine: to make and give a quilt to a person who is having a hard time and would be comforted by a handmade quilt to snuggle up in, particularly children in foster care.

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