Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sew Night --fun stuff

I took some of my block of the month blocks from two years ago to cut out but didn't even get one done.
Remember the dish towels that Jerilu was working on?  She finished them and they are so dang cut I think I might take up embroidery   It seems like I wasn't very good at it and ended up only doing cross stitch as that was hard to mess up.  The complete set.
this one is my favorite. 

Jeri is now working on a wool wall hanging she has it pinned together it is going to be a great. 

I happened to see her needle holder and took a picture for you all to enjoy.  Yay, spring is coming and with it strawberries.  
Becky got her Irish chain. from the class she took from Melissa last winter, back from the quilter.  Very pretty. 

Then she decided she would learn to applique, she wanted to do it a specific way and I didn't get all that she said she did but she followed these tutorials  .  There are eight of them altogether.  She said she watched them all before she started.  This is the result so far.  I may have to check the tutorials out.  
Until next time.  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sending these to be quilted.

I am struggling to get the backings together then they will be off. I haven't had anything quilted in quite a while.  I am pretty excited.  This one is going to my uncle who will be moving to an assisted living home in the spring.  It is bittersweet by Benartex fabric. 
 I know that usually the braids all go the same direction, but when I was laying this out my son said he liked it this way better and so this is the way it went together.   I used the Gypsy girl fabric for this.  
This next one is all from scraps. 
I followed the tutorials on Missouri star quilt co.  for all three of these.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I finally made it to sew night.

I love yellow and white and Jeri found this great block pattern.
Dianne was doing the binding on this for her daughters birthday.  She like to do buggy barn.

These are the cutest snowmen ever.  Shannon is teaching this class at quilt walk.  So fun

 Jeri Lu is working her way through the book that this table runner is in.

 Helen is working on this fun hexagon block.
Lauretta does awesome embroidery with her machine.  These onsies are to cute.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quilty Hugs--Emily Bailey, You can help too.

When Jan asked me to write a little about the quilty hugs I give to Happy Chemo, it took me a while to think of what I wanted to say.  This cause is very dear to my heart for so many reasons.  First I would like to thank everyone that has donated a quilt so far.  Then let anyone who may be thinking about giving a quilt that these quilts are given to real people and they make a big difference.  I am also  I am need of backs and people who can quilt tops.  We accept donations of fabric, and blocks. 
Thanks to the generosity of so many quilters I have been able to donate over 600 quilts.  Each quilt is given individually to a person going thought the throws of cancer.  I wish I could share the smiles, hugs and kind words I receive as I had these out.  I have been able to make so many new friends and had my life touched so deeply because others are willing to give of their time and talents to make beautiful quilts. 
Let me share a few of these stories.  I’ve changed names to preserve privacy. 

Jill is a twenty something artist with melanoma.  She does beautiful work in many mediums; painting, music, jewelry.  She is positive and has great plans for her future.  She has had to put many of these plans; school, work etc.  on hold while she undergoes treatment.  But on good days she makes jewelry with her mom to raise awareness for cancer.  She was ever so grateful for her quilt.
I met George in the chemo lab with his lovely wife Gloria.  We found we knew many of the same people and were practically neighbors.  We enjoyed many wonderful conversations.  When I took his quilt to his home/farm his family had just finished removing popcorn from the cob.  They showed me the cool machine they used for this and shared two quart jars of their home grown popcorn.  It is the best I have ever tasted.
Shelia is a teacher valiantly fighting breast cancer.  She shared a funny story with me.  Her students had all made cards and drawn pictures for her.  She said one of the cards had a pirate on it.  She could not figure out why this little boy would put a pirate on her get well card.  Then she realized it was not a pirate but a picture of her with the scarf she wore on her head.  We had a good laugh over that.
I could go on and on.  Cancer sucks and strikes far too often.  But the quilts that are donated make a difference and touch real people and make their life a little better.  Thanks again to all those who have given so generously.  And if you could spare a quilt and want to make a difference in someone’s life let me tell you a quilty hug is just what you are after.
These quilts are some that have been given to those fighting cancer.   If you want to contribute at the quilt walk, Emily will be there.  You can use the free sew room to work on a quilt or whatever you want to contribute.  I have a quilt ready to go, well except for the binding.  You know I how I feel about binding.