I'm so glad you knew where the pattern was as I had no idea. They were given to me at the Rocket Quilter's meeting last Friday. I have another stack in the garage that came from a group of quilters from St. Johns in Viera. I keep forgetting to bring them in to photograph.
I sure miss Judy. Happy for her that she was able to be in NH for Thanksgiving with her daughter but missing her none the less. Her unit is being painted and Coco, her Siamese is not happy with the "stranger" being there. Every day she tells me all about it in cat talk. She is waiting at the door and starts to talk the moment I open the door. She misses her, too.
Mittsy - in my cleaning yesterday I stumbled on some orphan blocks that I will send out to you. Better they be put to a good use than put back in my "someday" pile. Will probably go out in Monday's mail.
OK, Jean, I'll add them to the box. Hope to get a couple of big stacks delivered early next week. Had to hide Judy's pincushion so Coco couldn't get the pins. We don't want ay emergency trips to the vet while mama's away.
From reading back post, Im figuring these are 16" square...is that right? Also, do you stack these then flip them to the right side and sew around to make a 'binding'.
Can others dontate the finished place mat, or would you just like the orphan blocks.
Sliced 9 patch - start out with 9 five inch squares sewn together into a 3 x 3 nine patch, then pressed and cut into quarters, then recut into 6 1/2 inch squares keeping the 2 1/2 inch square as large as possible. Rotate two opposing sections towards the corners and resew. Then add a 5 inch border to one side or 2 3/4 strips to each side and continue with batting and quilting. Then backing and turning and hand sewing closed. No binding necessary.
We'll take orphan blocks or finished mats, but would prefer that you donate locally if at all possible. Most of our mats measure around 12.5 x 17" No set size is required.
I'm finding it very difficult to find any orgs locally that want anything. Even trying to donate to Wounder Warrior, which has HQ in JAX, takes an advanced degree in "Logistics". My quilt guild does do a yearly donation of quilts for kids to the County Sheriff Dept. Maybe my NY resolution needs to be to do some digging & find out what can be done and some good POCs.
Im having trouble myself finding places. Im just going to keep working on the 1 million pillowcase challenge. I think its great way to get thru some of my stash.They have lots of places that take them, including Quilts of Valor. Im going to go to the meeting of the guild here at the next meeting to see what they are up to.
When I get the actual quilting somewhat mastered, Ill do blankets.
Local sherriffs dept, local police dept, fire dept. area churches...does your county have a Mayor?? ask him/her, they should know of local charitable organizations.
we have a group of women here in my little town that do this thing they call "anonymous baby shower" they collect donations, $ and items from various people and places, and items are given to women in need, who are expecting, or have just had baby. I don't know how they get the info on who has a need.
they put together packages including diapers, bottles, formula, baby clothes, blankets..etc. etc... The mayor gave me a name of one of the women in the group, and told me where she works. I want to go to talk to her.
does a local church have a food bank? maybe you could give to them, and they could give to someone that come in for food?? My Momma knits hats and scarves, for her local food bank...how ever many she does per month, they give away next time they give out food.
I worked with a group to sew cute little stuffed bears we made to the local police etc to give to children. Some officers really liked the program, I've heard others HATED it. I should/ could look into that here, it's something I could do again to reduce my stash in a meaningful way.
well Doc I can tell you from the recipients end of that program...I think it is wonderful. Many years ago, two of my boys were in an accident, sledding.
the youngest just barely turned five. when police arrived they gave him a teddy bear, it helped him get through the firemen moving him, and cutting his snow pants, and jeans.
I can look back and snicker a bit now, then it was horrible to go through. He was very upset that they wanted to cut his pants, he had just gotten them for Christmas gifts, and it was the first time he wore the snow pants. the little darlin had two broken legs, in 5 places !!! and he was worried about his pants getting cut... one of the reasons I HATE SNOW !!!
They both healed well, and quickly. I am much grateful for that.
Thanks Thunder, after hearing of the "We hate them" I've been reluctant to do more!! Pesonally, I thought they were very cute. One summer it was part of a young group church project and we sewed and stuffed more than 200. Sides, a front & back seam, turn, stuff, slip stitch closed, tie a ribbon around the neck. I'm almost embarrassed to tell you how we got all the stuffing FREE... Funeral homes, the caskets come wrapped in batting to prevent scratches. We just ripped and pulled the batting apart for stuffing. ALL the fabric had been donated by local women sewers... you know who you are!! Those of us with leftovers of 1/4 yards, 1/2 yards or heaven forbid - yards of a fabric we no longer want or like. Some of the least likely fabrics turned out the cutest.
When i packed to move I used scraps of left over batting to wrap a lot of my items. After I moved I gathered them all back up and have them for other uses.
Now i need to go find the local funeral home & see what they do with the batting. Think pillow forms, purses, wall hangings,etc.
Yesterday while in Buffalo I found 302 more quilt shops..in one of them was a large sunflower st in blocks of 4 that surrounded it..then the leaf was sewn on leaving but a small opening for fork/knife/spoon..thought how cheery they look...staff photo copies the design for me (fee $8.00) now all I have to do is pick up some bright yellow /green fabric and try a few for the Seniors home
Sheila. Finished placemat photos. Breakfast was blueberry muffins, coffee and tea. Lunch consisted of starters of humuus with pretzel dippers, chicken salad with apples and pecans on assorted crackers . Followed by a a box lunch complete with small tuna on whole wheat rolls and and egg salad on potato dinner rolls, potato salad, deviled eggs and home made unrolled cabbage rolls with meatballs soup. All this was finished with iced tea, wine, and pineapple lemon cake. I'm sorry I didn't get a picture of the food but I was too busy eating. We toasted Garnet as it was her birthday. Everything was delicious. Now to photograph the next 40 placemats so I can post those pictures. 344
380, 381. They took home inspirational fabrics from the overflow box, I was thrilled to see only a bit left in the bottom. But then I got a gift package in the mail from someone I just met at Margie Engle's Coastal Quilter's meeting so the box is filling up again. I had hoped to top 400 before I leave in May so we may meet the goal. I had to decorate my tote so I embroidered the tropical sewing machine motif (emblibrary) and Coastal Quilters. The cross stitched scallop shell I found at a thrift shop, $1.00 as a small framed item. I removed it, washed and ironed it and decorated the tote pocket with it. So very Coastal Tropical, don't you think?
The director (of MOW) called to thank us for our donation. She didn't want her picture taken so didn't leave her office area to speak with us. She had replaced the last director and wasn't familiar with us and didn't understand our goal of reaching everyone in Brevard County. She does now. She will distribute them at seasonal times to correspond with the motifs, if possible. Number 382 will be my pinwheel made at Margie Engle's Coastal Quilters meeting. I finally got more of the purple background fabric so I can complete my two remaining sections and finish the block. I missed the last session as I was making my concrete leaf casting. It came out wonderful, but broke in five places so needs to be glued before painting.
I've started casting mine using a different method, set my leaf and mark the area to match size of leaf I'm going to make, then dig hole in the earth, tamp it down with a cover of sand, cover with crinkled seran wrap and set in my mixture, set leaf over it vein on the mixture..lightly tap so that the veins will be marked,leave it for 2 or 3 days to get a better cure..did birdbaths same way just digging deeper hole, when formed add allies,glass,sea shells..got to love creating your own works of art.
Love you project..looking forward to seeing it completed
I now have three lugs (totes) full of partials, kits, batting, backing, orphans and embroidered pieces. Today I organized and sorted and filled three clear queen size comforter bags with kits. I hope to hand them out at the next Rocket Quilter's meeting to be returned to me a week later when we go on GDO to Wandering Stitches and Ikea. That will be my last hostessing of GDO as we'll be leaving for KY and the trip home to NY.
394, 395, 396, 397, & 398 What to say, the Christmas one was a donation from someone who didn't want to finish it after starting to hand quilt it, I'm thinking maybe 50's. The flower basket was an orphan that I embellished with a quilt block of embroidery . Love the sliced and diced 9 patch, always a winner. Carol V.'s 3 1/2" squares shoebox was overflowing so she decided to make enough fabric to get the cover on.
404 & 405, leftovers from Judy S's first quilt she made for her daughter Deb in Orlando. That was 2006. It has faded and softened in color, but is much loved. Deb's DH requested that the next one be one block wider so anyone turning over in bed would still have plenty of cover. This is the same DH that couldn't believe that Judy and I made the headboard to her bed. He thought it looked too professional! Kids, gotta love em! I have a few more that need finish work, and then I can pack up the supplies until fall.
We have no restrictions nor guidelines, doesn't even have to be from an orphan block. Many of the clients eat on a tv tray so if they are a smaller size that works out perfectly for them. It's a really great way to make a practice block before commiting to a full quilt top. If it isn't the one you want then at least it's getting put to good use.
Over the summer I'll be working up a few variations with the Little Twister as we are going to teach a workshop in the fall. I think it lends itself welll to placemat use. Going to try it with brights and black background and black & white with black background.
I've made several twisters, bought about 10 pattern packets, did do the big basket of flowers..drat forgot I had that one in a tote, best get it quilted.been so involved with making Christmas placemats that I completely forgot how lovely a few sets would be done with twister. Hmmm
Now you've got me thinking, likely you've given me more work.