This is the wonky charity quilt I made to help keep someone warm and get me out of a rut. I made the border separately and will add it later today. This was a great stash busting project. Naturally I'll be glad to see it finished and get on to using up other fabrics in my stash.
Check out the gift Aaron brought me from his neighborhood romp. He hid it behind his back and popped it out like it was a bouquet of flowers. Melted my heart for sure.
Hope you have a wonderful surprise in your day as well!
I've been in this deep rut and I'm working to get out. With much encouragement from friends I decided to sew. When Beth suggested I sew something new and I thought she was nuts. I have so many UFO's how could I start something new? Then Rosemary/Waldo offered to make a charity quilt and insisted I make one too. Karin continually sends me photos of her projects that are inspiring and finally a miracle occurred....I started to sew.
Note to self: When in a rut, one can not always see clearly or know what may be helpful, consider trusting your friends.
I just paper pieced this wonky twin quilt top. Initially I used paper Waldo gave me as the foundation and then I noticed that a cheap tearaway machine embroidery stabilizer worked perfectly (very little need to pick at tiny pieces of paper that can get stuck). I highly recommend the cheap tearaway stabilizer and of course shortening the stitch length.
I used the Westminster 2 /12 inch strips I won a few years ago. I
thought the bright fabrics might bring some fun to a person who is in
need of cheering up with a free warm quilt.
So many scraps remain I decided to try piano keys along the border. The width has not been decided yet but the photo above is just a trial to see how I like it. What do you think?
On the subject of what do you think.....do you like or love your washer and dryer? We are in need of both and I have to say we have been highly dissatisfied with machines for quite some time.
This is the front of our washing machine. It is a Kenmore Catalyst Cleaning Action King Size Capacity Plus Quiet Pak 4. We bought at Sears approximately 8 years ago. It has required 4 or more repairs in the past 8 years (not cheap to have a repair person to the house). The power button wore down rather quickly and that was disappointing as well.
The heating element on the dryer has gone out and I recognize it can be replaced but the machine has been repaired once before. Repair bills are now very close to the purchase price of a new machine.
One problem with shopping local stores is the machines are not plugged in and you can't test them before purchasing. No one tells you how quickly the buttons break or if there are secret re-set codes that are only provided to the service repair people.
We once had a man come and push a few buttons and the washer began working again. When it broke later, Rick had to pay to get the codes from the internet. Other times a code would not suffice so we phoned a repair company.
My question to you is, do you love your washer and dryer? If so, can you tell me briefly what it is you really like about yours and the brand/model you purchased?
We have reviewed Consumer Reports and we did then when purchasing the Kenmore's 8 years ago. This time, I'm going with a friends advise....I trust my friends to tell me what they honestly think.
What happened to the good ole days where things were actually built to last and there were no secret codes requiring purchase?
Superbowl Sunday....I hope your team wins! I have no team....but I thoroughly enjoy the 1/2 time show!
Not only is it finished....but thanks to Waldo...it was finished ahead of schedule. I had a hard time finding a place to take a photograph because it is so long.
I hope it goes to a young woman who is very tall...it is one long twin quilt!
Here is a close up of one of the blocks. I think it came out nice and there will be a young girl who will be absolutely thrilled to have a quilt of her very own.
Next project already underway and hopfully it will be finished soon so I can share photos. It feels so good to finish a project doesn't it?
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We had a great turn out for charity work night at The Gathering of Quilters Guild last Thursday night. I don't know how many people were there but every table was full and people were working the entire time. There were separate tables set up for a variety of charities including: Mended Hearts, Project Linus, Quilts of Valor and Hospice Comfort Pillows.
I took the AccuQuilt Go to cut fabrics from a variety of pieces Project Linus had in a bin. My girlfriend Dana and I had some good laughs while we were cutting 2 1/2 in strips and 3 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch rectangles for Project Linus Quilts. For more information about the Toledo/Lucas County Chapter of Project Linus Quilts please e-mail Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had fun fussy cutting some of the fabrics with sharks and other pictures. I think that the rectangles will make a very fun scrap quilt with lots of really neat fabrics that we cut for them on Thursday night.
I was surprised by the number of people who had not seen the AccuQuilt Go before. I demonstrated how it works and let them have some fun with it too. If you are local (Toledo OH vic) and would like to use the AccuQuilt Go, feel free to e-mail me at IHaveANotion@yahoo.com and I'll let you give it a whirl....it is lots of fun.
Then of course was show and tell. The first quilt here was done by Dale Burnett. Had I known in advance she was working on this quilt I guarantee I would have found my way into her home and stolen this quilt...or at least had the urge to do so!! Isn't is just soooo cool? This quilt, "Zebras", was designed by Lisa Moore and published in the Sept/Oct 2009 Fons and Porter Love of Quilting magazine.
The hand embroidery on this next quilt, "South of the Border", was done by Thorneta Hinkle. She is 88 and has been doing hand embroidery for over 80 years. She donated the embroidered blocks and some ladies put them together to make a beautiful quilt for charity. I know if I were in need and received something this beautiful it would renew my spirit.
I happen to know some of the ladies how did some of the Hungarian Embroidery on this next quilt. During some of our gatherings I watched as they stitched these beautiful blocks for a raffle quilt. It is absolutely stunning, the photo does it no justice. It was raffled by the Calvin United Church of Christ in Toledo Ohio. Joyce Smith was the lucky winner of the quilt and she brought it to show and tell. I'm going to start buying more raffle tickets....can you imagine winning such a treasured quilt?
This next quilt cracks me up. Sheila Painter can take the credit for this fun quilt. I know many people spend hundreds of hours putting together their Dear Jane Quilts. Sheila did what I would do....she bought a convenience panel while on vacation and machine quilted it.
I can hear the booooos and hissssses through my computer girls. I know, I know.....but think about the people who have no clue as to the hundreds of hours putting together a "real" Dear Jane Quilt. This type of thing is for them. They will see it and say....oh that's nice.
This last quilt here really grabbed me. Candy Colleen Rudd made this quilt. This is Candy's first quilt that was created with all hand work. She did needle turn applique, embroidery, hand piecing and then she hand quilted this wall hanging.
I only wish my photography was better. These photos do no justice to the real magic in this quilt. I love to do hand work and this piece is very inspiring.