Time To Sew The Labels

What little boy isn’t going to fall in love with this quilt made from baseball fabric?  While my four-legged children were taking their afternoon siesta, I started sewing labels on this and 17 other quilts.  Happy to report 18 quilts “Made with love by Logan Lap Quilters” are ready for delivery to the Ronald McDonald house.

Thanks to Logan Lap Quilters member, Pat Harwell, for quilting two of the tops I donated, Jelly Roll Race and Mosaic Quilt.

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I also finished my March BOM for Logan today.  This was such a fun block, I might make another one.

I’ll close with the reason I’m unable to work on kennel quilts.  Hope your leap day was productive.

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Project Status

 

Binding and labels on two Quilts of Valor, ready for presentation.  This pattern is Split Rail Fence by Beth Karr.  There will be more information after the presentations.

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As time allows, I continue to fill special size requests for kennel quilts.  Fabric and batting are cut out for 6 large and 3 small are on the machine ready for stitching.

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The Kid’s Quilted Play Mat is near completion.  One more border is needed to complete the top; then a decision for the backing.  The binding will be the same fabric as the final border.

If you have a border fabric that you are not sure what to do with, this free pattern can be downloaded from Kid’s Quilted Play Mat.

 

 

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Playtime with Pinwheels is my Fat Quarter Quilt-A-Long (QAL)challenge for March.  This free pattern is from Aby Dolinger.  For more information on the QAL or for the free pattern, check out Aby Quilts.

It is still a work in progress with two borders remaining.  The fourth border is pieced with half-square triangles and pieced corners.

 

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When nothing else would fit in my drawer of 2 1/2″ strips, I pulled some out, added 2 1/2″ squares between the different fabrics and finished this Jelly Roll Race together as a Leader and Ender project.  Before you know it, a top is done.  I’ll add two borders and call it finished.

 

These are the projects I’m working on that I hope to finish this week.

What projects are you working on or getting ready to start?

Thursday Trifecta

The last three days are winners.  It began on Tuesday with the email from Aby Dolinger that started “I am in Columbia” and continued with the arrival on Wednesday of my long-time friend, Leslie.  Unfortunately, she left earlier today to return home.  Even though these were short visits, they were winners.

2016 is the 50th anniversary of my friendship with Leslie Wallis (Eley).  We met in Junior High School.  Both of us shy and awkward, we sat next to each other and began the friendship of a lifetime.  Leslie moved.  I moved.  No matter the direction we traveled, we have always kept in contact with each other.  The letters, now email, phone calls and visits, may not be frequent; but, whenever we see each other, it is like we just saw each other yesterday.  My best friend, my oldest friend, my long-time friend.

And Leslie’s mother, Lucy,  I thought she was way cool.  Lucy worked as a cake decorator at the Giant Open Air Market (I Grew Up In Tidewater) and in the back of my mind, I knew Leslie and her sisters ate one of those beautifully decorated cakes every day.

Leslie has been in Florida since December taking care of her father, Pete, while he recovered from an injury.  South Carolina is the halfway point – and I know how anxious Leslie was to get home after being away so long – so I’m really happy she spent this time with me.

The other half of Leslie is her “Sea Gypsy” father, Pete.  A man with a life doing the things he loved – and they all had to do with the sea.

A shy young man, Pete enrolled in dance lessons at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio.  While he may not admit it, we know it was to help him meet girls.  Pete went from student to teacher and was so good, he was hired by Holland America Cruise Lines as a dance instructor.  Pete worked for Carnival Cruise Lines and others; but spent most of his time with Holland.  He has traveled all over the world.

While not cruising the world, Pete and two of his friends purchased a biplane and started a tour business of the Florida Gulf Coast.  He must have missed the water because he went on to become the Captain of a tour boat that traveled southwest Florida between Tampa and Naples and the Everglades.  Pete also worked with a friend who operated a kayak and canoe rental shop.

When his father became ill, Pete moved to Virginia and spent four years taking care of him.  Now in his 50’s, thinking “No one will hire this old man,” Pete landed a job as Harbormaster on Norfolk’s (VA) Elizabeth River.  Pete kind-of, sort-of retired, working an occasional cruise until a friend asked to become Captain of his private yacht.  (Think Below Deck)

While hospitalized, one of Pete’s nurses, who was familiar with his work history, asked Pete if he had a girlfriend in every port.  His response was “Well, I haven’t traveled to every port” and it was at this moment that family, friends and hospital staff knew he was on his way to recovery from brain surgery.

Do you have a life-long friend?  How did you meet?

 

Tuesday Sew Day

The words “I am in Columbia” jumped off an email from Aby Dolinger early this morning.

What a pleasant surprise when Aby joined 30 other volunteers at Northeast Presbyterian to sew luoPads for women and teens in Zimbabwe.    We finished 165 pads today!  You can watch a short video on the luoPad project at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLj7LyNFUw4.

Volunteers are always needed and welcome.  Even if you do not sew, there are many other steps in the process that you can contribute to.

Several different sewing related projects are on the cutting mat and at the sewing machine.  Need to make labels for two Quilts of Valor so I can finish sewing the binding.  Binding is needed for a third quilt.  I was caught up with kennel quilts, batting is cut but I need to cut fabric and put orphan blocks together.  My cat border fabric quilt is in need of attention along with my fat quarter quilt-a-long for March.

Sew much to do.

What projects are you working on?

 

Greetings From Shelby, NC!

I might be in the “North” but it’s a warm 47 degrees this evening.  Maybe 47 feels so warm because of the warm welcome to the Foothills Quilt Guild meeting and warm welcome by Eleanor Morgan who offered home hospitality.

What a wonderful group of women and gentleman.  This small guild sews and donates an overwhelming amount of pillowcases and quilts for local charity groups.  Their generosity extended to the kennel quilt and luopad projects.  I’m returning home with donations for both.

I’ll be back with them in the morning for Stash Busting String Quilts.  Until tomorrow, enjoy a few photos from the Show and Tell.

The heart quilt are log cabin blocks, wouldn’t this make a great Valentine’s Day quilt?

Check out this watermelon fabric tool holder.  Made with an embroidery hoop.  What a clever idea.

Carolina Cats Kennel Quilts

DSC_0038Carolina Cats contacted me a few weeks ago with a request for specific sizes of kennel quilts that would fit their kennels.  Happy to do this as three of my kitties came from this rescue group.

With 32 finished and given the paw of approval, I turned them over to Pam Jackson who heads up this organization.

Look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow as I head out for a trunk show and Scrap Busting String Class with the Foothills Quilt Guild.  This will be my inaugural class in NC.  Watch my blog for pictures and other updates.

The Generosity of Quilters

The North Springs Home & Garden Club collects toiletries and other wish list items for the Women’s Shelter.  It is a project we have contributed to for many years.

My trunk was filling up with boxes and bags so it was time for a drop off.

In January, two quilts were turned in at the Logan Quilt Guild meeting for the Ronald McDonald House.  Since I would be in the neighborhood, I could drop those off too.

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There was excitement and much appreciation for the donations taken to both organizations.

The Logan Quilt Guild February meeting was yesterday.  Besides a great program, I received 18 quilts for the Ronald McDonald House.  Eighteen!  And even small quilts for doll beds.  Several need labels and washing with Orvis soap – and I’ve already started on the task.

The generosity of this group of women goes beyond what was turned in for Ronnie Mac, another 11 are going to the NICU.  A total of 29 quilts for charity.  I am so proud to represent Logan Lap Quilters and deliver these to the Ronnie Mac House.

DSC_0045Pink plaid with frogs for a little girl and bugs with dark green for a little boy.  And quilts for dolls too.

Do you have a favorite charity that you enjoy quilting for?

Valentine’s Day

DSC_0028If I didn’t get something quilt related for Valentine’s Day, my second choice would be dishes.  Not just any dishes, Vietri.

Hand made in Italy.  Every dish is a little different than all of the others.  Something about them draws me in.  On the expensive side, I don’t have many pieces, but I love each and every item in my eclectic collection.

And I love the new plates and bowls from the Sara’s Bouquet collection.  Thank you sweetie for the new dishes.Playground 2016

Happy to have finished binding the Playground quilt.  This is one I plan to keep for myself.

Finished making a binding for one Quilt of Valor; I need to make a label and finish hand sewing the binding.  Then I can make arrangements for the presentation.

And Erin loved her My Little Pony pillowcase and chocolate cookies with pink sprinkles.

I hope you had a memorable Valentine’s Day.

Customer Appreciation Sale

Shirley Johnson, owner of Pieces and Patches Quilt Shop, celebrated her second year in business with a customer appreciation sale.  I’m sure the number of customers in the building exceeded fire department capacity.  We were all looking for that perfect fabric, ruler or sewing notion.  It was like a reunion, seeing so many quilting sisters at the sale.

Yes, more fabric.  I did focus on fabrics for Quilts of Valor and kennel quilts.  Yes, I just went to Faust but there are some fabrics you just don’t need 15 yards of.

Tomorrow is Valentines Day.  I try to make something for Erin, who lives next door, for every holiday.  Erin loves My Little Pony and everything pink.  I’ll surprise her after church with a new pillowcase and chocolate covered graham crackers with pink sprinkles.

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Do you have a young person in your life that you like to make things for?