Thursday, December 10, 2009

Whew! Its Cold!

It has been in the teens here and right now its 11 degrees Fahrenheit. That is super cold. This last week we got a load of flannel, which I immediately loaded on the long arm.
I managed to get 5 quilts on this one long piece of backing. Thank You! Thank you!
These 2 were whole cloth and will get a bright binding to make them pop. but I also use the same back to quilt this cute girly quilt:

Its adorable! Thank you!
We also got 2 finished quilts

Thank you!
I am so grateful to everyone who have sent fabric, tops, finished quilts Thank you thank you!
Every bit helps!

Here is the cookie monster getting quilted. Thanks Marsie and Sue! When I took it in, Lisa said "Oh, some one is gonna love this!" I bet they will.

I know its beeen awhile since I posted, besides doing this I'm trying to get my Xmas presents made. I know everyone is busy with Xmas and family so taking time and money to give some strangers some help this season is really generous and I can tell you every bit will get used.
Some quilts are being set aside to be used as Xmas gifts in the family shelter. Some will go straight to the warming shelter, some will be held for new clients.
I'm trying to get as many as I can done for Xmas giving. For the next 15 days or so I will post as many as I can to even if I don't get them all posted here.
Thanks for sending them and keep them coming!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I am Thankful!

I have been hearing from so many of you regarding donations and sending things in. . Im actually tracking quilts and tops coming to us from across the country as well as local folks getting involved.
Thank you so much!
Part of me is getting a little scared that it's too much and another part of me knows that if we need local help it's out there for the asking. Knowing that we have the support of locals and friends means so much.
So here's a little update of whats finished:

This is a completely experimental piece made from leftovers and waste. . I used left over binding as the stright bits and LUSH paint dot fabric as the dots. On the one hand it's a finished quilt, that can stand regular wash and wear, on the other hand it's not a finished idea. I will be doing a series of these probably till I grow the idea into a finished quilt that is more to my liking. Stay tuned.

A whole cloth piece It turned out great. So fresh and feminine. Me likey.

Another whole cloth in a really girly version.

A baby quilt made from an experimental block I found in a drawer, just waiting for a border or just a smidge of attention from me to make it into something a child could live and hold close.
It finished about 30" square. Maybe you have a partially finished top laying around? A few left over blocks? throw a border on it, sew those few blocks together... do as much work on it as your able/willing to do and pass it along for finishing.. .. OR finish it up and we will see it gets to someone who really NEEDS it.

I have a few more in various states of unfinished.

Have a great Holiday

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thank You Westminster Fabrics

A big thank you to Westminster Fabrics for sending a box of fabric for the Give a Kid a Quilt project.  I sent out an email a few weeks ago to the fabric companies for their help and Westminster not only responded right away, but sent a box FULL of their beautiful fabrics.  I asked for fabrics specifically for boys and girls quilts – and that is just what they did!  There are so many lovely fabrics from the Freespirit and Rowan lines and I can’t wait to share all of the quilts that are made from them and donated to the cause.  I hope that you will consider sending in a quilt to help a child have some warmth and security in their life.  …and support such a great company for their dedication to helping others.

A few posts back Rachel blogged about an article in the Portland Tribune, about a family that had been living in their car because of the lack of shelters in our area for families (article here].  Something that really spoke to me, and why this cause is so important was this line from the article:

"Then it was back to the car, where there were piles of blankets. Blankets would become among the family’s most treasured possessions in the months to come."

We are starting to get very cold here.  I open the door in the mornings and Brice tells me “Cold!”.  I can’t even imagine having to try and keep him warm if we didn’t have a place to stay as our temperatures drop below freezing at night.  Homelessness has always been a big issue in the Portland-area (as I'm sure it is in other places) – but never have I heard more about families being displaced.  If you have never experienced hard times, you can’t fully appreciate how frustrating it is to try and get back on your feet.  I know the general thought is that “They should just get a job” or “Isn’t that what churches are for?” or “They should go to a homeless shelter.”  Unfortunately that isn’t always an option – while there is help out there, it is often times hard to find the help.  If my family was displaced today, I wouldn’t know where to go for help. 

I wish there was more that I could do, but I have to start somewhere.  This is that place to start.  I’ve spoken before of having a security blanket of my own over the years.  The second one I acquired (after the first fell apart – literally from too much love) is sitting in the bottom of my hope[less] chest still.  I still sometimes dream of having my security blanket with me while I sleep, so obviously it was a big part of my childhood, and I am happy to be able to provide that for a child.  I hope you will consider donating - finished quilt, quilt top only, quilts ready for binding – we’ll take them all! 

Friday, November 20, 2009

First Mail In my Box!

I went to mail my international customs form required etsy orders and check my PO box and found a package! I have recieved several wonderful emails from quilters requesting more info and telling me they are sending something. This is my first box. Thanks Audrey in Hawaii!

With plenty of time before Xmas I can quilt this up and get this country beauty done in time. Looks like it was hand appliqued and I am sure some baby out there will love it.
Keep them coming folks!
I snipped off the return address label from the box ad put it in a container... in case we need it for drawings or prizes ... stuff in the works... details coming..
Stay tuned for that!
Thank you so much!

First Bundle Delivered!

Well, we did it! 10 quilts got delivered yesterday evening. We are on our way!
I have started to get mails telling me that folks are sending in tops.. SO stay tuned!
Thank you all -

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Man, its cold!

Today the high was 45 degrees, and currently its 40 degrees. My mother and I enjoyed a salmon burger at Red Robin. Going to and fro from the car it was cold, really cold. Last night it was 29 degrees. So you get it right? its cold.
Here is a story about a homeless family. One of the children is our target of "kids under 5".

For now they are out of the cold, but they are not the only family in our area sleeping in this weather. Breaks my heart to hear of those young kids sleeping in the cold. Please consider sending a quilt or top.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Woo Hoo!

We are off and running I got my first donated quilt top for me to quilt... seriously hurrray!
Im so excited!
I went over to help some friends(Washington County Blankets of Hope) clean out the fiber closet at the facility since it was a holiday. The folks got some awesome donations and all the volunteers gathered together to go thru them and edit our stock etc.. etc..
I walked in and my girl friend said "Here, I brought this for the Community Action folks.. "...
What?? A donation....?? woo hooo!

So far we have 7 finished quilts and about 6 waiting to be quilted, bound or being quilted...
This is one I made as an experiment and am quilting in a sampler style. Different parts will have different styles of quilting so I can practice different skills..

I rawe edged the dots on and am pebbling around them. I think it will look pretty good when its done..and washed.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The First One!

The first ONE

I went and had a look round and met the public liaison. It went great and we have been given the go ahead.
So we are off! This is #1 the first in what I hope is a long string of quilts and tops going to warm babies and young children in the Pacific Northwest.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Going Dotty!

dot label ... . by you.
Aren't these dots cute? I am planning on numbering each quilt to keep track of who gave it, where it went, went it was done. In the other group I volunteer in, they label and can look things up. It is very helpful. Plus I want a way to mark the quilts without it being something that says "look at what I did!" I want it to be kinda Anonymous and also kinda modern. I really, really love it... We have plenty of Lush paint dots in blue and red, so I can do lots of these!
If you plan on sending one, please feel free to add your own dot (not black so I can write a #number in it) I just raw edged it around several times and trimmed it after. easy peasy. Any light dot larger than half inch will do.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

First Blankies Finshed

blankies by you.
Do you do a little practice before you quilt a big project? I do. I took 2 fat quarters and practiced some loop de loop. Trimmed and bound it's the perfect size for a stroller or car seat. Stuffed in a changing bag, it's great under the hiney, where ever.
I have 40 yards of batting so lets get cracking!

Sunday, October 11, 2009