Monday, February 1, 2016

Small quilting

I have found 2 organizations that I can do small quilting for. 

First, our local quilt guild is working with one of our local churches. They do a meals on wheels type program for their seniors.  A place-mat is provided with their first meal.

New mats are given at Christmas. This is a picture of the backs.

This of the front, totally reversible. I have set a personal goal of 2 per month.

The local chapter of Giving Dolls sends hand made dolls to children in need through various organizations. So sorry I don't have a picture of some of their amazing dolls. Several hospitals are on their list.  Dolls going to hospitals are accompanied by 24 inch square quilts.  Good size for wheel chairs.  Personal goal for these is 1 per month.

This one has this great back to go with the monsters on the front.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Two more quankets for foster kids

bear paw quilt
Papa Bear ~ December 2015

medallion quilt 
Marigolds ~ November 2015
I recently read a quilter’s comment that there are “so many quilts to try and so little time“, which I can totally relate to! As 2015 winds down to an end, I am pleased to have donated a total of 19 quilts to foster kids this year, and each done in a different pattern ;)

Marigolds and Papa Bear mark my 56th and 57th charity quilts since beginning on this journey just over three years ago. My ultimate hope is to inspire other quilters to donate to foster kids, since in many instances, these kids have it rough and probably need a little extra love.

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.