Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I love it!! Thank you...

Here is a recent recipient of one of our quilts.... the nice part is the quilt pattern is called Soduko and this lady plays Soduko every morning with her best friend (one of our 83 yr old members).

She was so comforted by it, she dozed off.....
It's machine quilted by Laura McCarrick with angel wings (design) and it's appropriate in the fact that this lady's husband died in the accident she was injured in.

Somehow, the quilt spoke to us that it needed to be with her.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer off...

Well, I have a few things to organize, schedules to plan, a quilt or two to 'fiddle' with and come Sept. we'll be back to having fun and finishing more quilts.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Last Year's Record broken!

Okay, so it isn't the MOST we've ever made for this group in one year, but it just went over last year's numbers.

We have just struck 20 quilts/items made for the year!!

I recently gave four away... Black Rose Panel (to a young woman with ALS, who is now bed-ridden), Rectangle Sudoku with Wings (given to my mom's BFF, who was injured in a terrible car accident- broke 6 ribs, collarbone and split lip-stitched-- and who's husband died), Shattered Italian Tiles (to a young woman who is going through 9 months of chemo for breast cancer), and Monet in Teal (to a woman who is going through her 3rd bout of cancer). And thank God we are blessed to have more in our stash for others.

I have two in my house I'm working on.... one that needed quilting (SITD) and binding(an orange one that WAS a pieced back-turned in to a top). One that needs to be pin-basted and tied, then bound (lasagna).
I think I'm gonna be a tad more laid back this summer. After all, I have a wedding I'm imvolved with for my oldest daughter (July 24th).

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sad news.....

Back in spring of 2010, we sent an emergency quilt to a friend of Mavie (of Maine). Mavie, a well known quilter on the Yahoo group, HeartstringQuilt Project, didn't have a finished quilt, but felt the need was urgent. We sent off one of our quilts that had been blessed in St Mary's during a service, with Mavie's thanks. Check out our last post regarding this amazing lady, Jackie L.

The sad news... Mavie's friend passed away recently. Under the quilt. Her husband will find comfort in holding onto that quilt, I'm sure. Thanks for the update, Maive. It means a lot to us, too.

Mavie sent us 48 heartstring blocks as a thank you (I'm sure to replace the empty spot in our church's stash- it wasn't necessary, but appreciated). We put them together and named the quilt, "I Got the Blues in Maine", because it had blue center strips in each block.

We backed it with a lovely yellow print which we rolled the backing over to the front to make the binding and sealed the deal.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June Event!

What a success this was! Although I didn't have people show up right away (and let me tell you, I got nervous), I did end up with a great crew. Let's see... who showed....

Margaret M, Muriel S, Brenda K (who is usually in FL when we meet), Janet G (who's dad is doing much better-- must have been the quilt we sent him! LOL), me, Marilyn L, Carol "C" G, ... yup, that's it. Seven of us.
Here is my mom, Muriel (age 83) and Margaret on the right working on Wonky Log cabin.
Here is the noodle table (you'll see them in action later in this post), and the "Fishing Lines" at the other end, ready to be tied.

Marilyn's "Monet in Teal" was finished and ready to be sent to it's recipient, but it need to be blessed on Sunday. I'll send it from work tomorrow.

We were auditioning the binding for "Shattered Italian Tiles" , but after tying it, we decided to roll the backing over and use that. At least we have some extra bindings to use at some point.

Margaret rolled the backing over and is pinning this, so I can hand-sew it. Then it should be done.

Marilyn is stitching the rolled backing, used as the binding on this one. Almost done... yea!

Now, this shows the pool noodles in action. The backing and batting are rolled on the back one (left). The top is rolled on the (right one). Line them up, then press out wrinkles (if you have any--since you should have hand-pressed them out when the initial rolling was done). I think they tied it as they rolled it (although you could pin it instead. Just move the pinned area off the table in front of you and you can keep rolling the two noodles 6"-8" back further. We figured out we need a stiff dowel in the center of the noodles so they don't curve. Of course, they ended up with wrinkles on the back (we fixed them), but they figured it was because they were talking and having too much fun!
BTW, Brenda (middle), what are you using those scissors for?... lol (I know the truth, don't I?). I'm SURE you were helping "C" and Janet...

Marilyn's done! Now that one can get blessed.

Number 3! This one is finished....

This is the backing, but we 'oops-ed' the label on the backing, so we had to 'patch it'. It worked, but we still have to label it.
What WAS the best part??? (other than getting four quilts done and ready to bless..)
Dessert, of course! I had a blast making home-made ice cream cones (and waffle bowls) the night before. I brought all the fixin's for ice cream sundaes
Now, who says we don't have fun!!!!???? (this is me)
The funny part was, that a few others in the church found us and we offered to share our dessert... and after a discussion of the waffle cone maker and where I bought it, I heard there was a 'run' on the store and three of our parishioners bought them out!!!! (at $15 each they WERE a steal!)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Just got a heads up that there will be a reception after a wake/funeral at 4pm on the day of our event. (!)

What do we do now? I usually have a relaxing time taking all the tables down, cleaning up, etc. after all the ladies have left. Now, I'll feel as though I'm rushing to be out of there much earlier than usual (we usually have our quilting event from 9am-3pm or 4pm). Now I'll either have to have it from 8am-2pm or move it to another Sat.

I'm hoping to talk to the secretary to see what can be done.(we can't move it to another part of the church as the only other space is downstairs and I'm NOT lugging ALL the stuff needed for our event, to the other end of the church AND down a flight of stairs! I'd rather move the date. We spend too much time going into our cabinets for supplies and that's right off Anderson Hall (where we both need to use the space).  Hopefully, we can find a compromise. Hard to have to change the plans at this stage of the planning. Somehow, God will provide (just wished his timing was different, ... but then, it's HIS timing, not mine. )