Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thanks be to...

Sometimes we get a thank you that is just so touching, ... so appreciative, that in sharing it on our blog, I hope it inspires those who donate to continue doing what they do. Not just the quilters in our group, but those who donate batting, money for supplies, threads, fabrics, time... You are so appreciated by me and I feel blessed we can do this.
Recently, we sent a quilt to a parishioner who's been dealing with cancer and having a rough time. Here is her letter to our group.

... Dear Nancy and ALL the Peace by Piece Quilters,
 I can't tell you how surprised and honored I was to receive the absolutely beautiful quilt you made for me. I was so touched by your kind thoughts and prayers for me it brought me to tears.
The work that each of you do, Piece by Piece, Stitch by Stitch, Hand in hand, is truly a beautiful calling.
Thank you from the bottom of the heart. I know I have been "touched by Angels"....

The card that this note came in was equally beautiful and I know that it was expecially chosen for it's words...

... Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained ANGELS. (Hebrews 13:2- NKJV)
Blessed are the angels who walk with us,
 Though we are unaware
Those people who take time to listen,
 To understand and care.
Blessed are those with unseen halos
 Earned through deeds of love,
For they will always be for us
 Sweet blessing from above....

This is why we do what we do.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Where do we Start?

Well, we didn't have too many people for our January meeting,... Muriel and me, Jane, Margaret, Marilyn and Pat (our ironer).

We did get a quilt sent home with Marilyn to finish quilting and she'll use the back to roll over and finish for binding. She got it finished by Tuesday night and dropped it off. Thanks Marilyn!!! You are amazing!

We sorted through the quilt tops that we need to finish and put a backing on the PS I love you (envelope quilt). That one was hard to find a backing that would look okay and not overpower it (believe me, you CAN overpower a quilt from the back), but still look like it actually 'went with' the quilt. We all seem to love this design, so we may make more of these. We'll tie it from the back (so the ties hang back there) and make it so the 'tacking' of the ties get put through the tip of the envelope to 'seal the flap'.

We also pieced a backing for the Green/raspberry HS quilt (cream center strips) that we thought matched just beautifully. We got it pinned together and put it aside for the Feb quilting event. I will probably get more batting for the event, but it was good to go over and organize them.

I will go over on Friday (my first day off for the slow season at work,) and check out what we need for embroidery thread colors. Make sure I have enough big-eyed needles for tying the quilts. We should be all set other than that.

Hopefully, it will feel like a quilt show when we get the quilts (made from this event in Feb) blessed in church.