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.
The classes are great, I'm learning a lot. So different from my first machine, no classes, had to learn on my own. Today is the first class on the embroidery arm, so it'll be a very busy day. Going to River Lakes to set up for the Thursday morning baby quilters, then leave for my class. 10 til one, I get home about 2. Have Mondays laundry to finish and then want to practice what I learned yesterday with the giant stitches (wave) on my built in sewing stitches. Yesterday we programmed the machine to shut itself off if left for over an hour without sewing. A good thing to have. It also has an energy saving sleep mode. We learned how to access the built in videos on how to thread the machine and wind the bobbin. I had hoped to photograph more place mats but with all the rain, it's too wet outside on the lanai and quite dim inside even with my ott lite.
I practiced the wave built in sewing pattern on a Isolette baby quilt. It will take a bit of practice to get it to line up perfectly at the corners, but all in all I'm pleased with the chance to use up some of my variegated threads. Now I'm working on some ladybugs.
just a question, Mittsy.. when these placemats are delivered with the meals, does the recipient get more than one or are they distributed throughout the MOW delivery areas? Your group makes so many lovely mats, I was just wondering where they all go? The Council on Aging that was involved in my grandmother's MOW programs usually had the same route, and delivered to the same people, although there were many routes throughout the counties...
One of the 'tips' on F&P show that I watched previously, was sent from a woman that used her orphan or test blocks to make placemats for the elderly in homes and nursing care facilities. And I thought " I already know someone who does that!" LOL
The guild I belonged to in NY did this so I thought I could organize it for Brevard County. This county is huge and has a MOW wait list. When I asked how many were currently receiving meals I was given the 640 number, so that became the goal. We will stop at that number. Each receives only one.
The hand sewing has been done so posting a few more to bring us up to date.
483, 484 - 487.
I did take a lot of pictures of the Isolette Quilts in progress so if interested check out the Isolette thread.
A few more, I'm almost caught up on my photgraphing. Still some in Judy's garage. I'll get them when we spray baste again. More orphan blocks, aren't they a nice variety?
488, a variation of Bear Claw, 489 with a little emb. embellishment, 490 D9P made by me, love this fall color combo and have so many 5" squares waiting to be used, 491 lovely purples, and 492 a country house. Sheila has a bunch she's going to quilt on the long arm, so we are making progress. I'll really be glad to have this service project finished as it is a lot to keep track of with the baby project, too.
Set of four, 493-496 and 497.
We were given some lovely Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks all beautifully hand sewn using the English paper piecing method. We will turn them into wonderful placemats by top stitching them to rectangles. I need to start another batch of kits as they are asked for at my community sew ins. My classes are going well and just fell in love with the cording foot, can't wait to try it out. I'll have to but a corded edge on a placemat for practice.
Yes we did one three or four years ago. It was great. Nichole sent me a beautiful set I kept for me and also a set of pumpkin ones that I passed on to my daughter's family. I believe I sent a set to Canastrid,
Yesterday I took a sampling of the placemats that were made from the orphan blocks to Coastal Quilters, they were pleased with the results and so happy to see their blocks transformed into something so nice and usable, too. The member sitting next to me had donated the appliqued butterfly, pieced star and the bear claw blocks. Friday's Chinese Auction at Rocket was very entertaining and I came home with some wonderful treasures. An orchid pin, half finished quilt kit, a CD with cutwork embroidery by Anita Goodesign and a brand new set of premier Prismacolor colored pencils. Today we are driving down to Vero Beach to visit family and tomorrow I have another embroidery class, so the week is off to a good start.
Busy playing catch up and camera just doesn't want to "auto" focus most are too blurry to see detail, so I'll have to try again when I have more time.
Turned in this morning 529 orphan block, 530 & 531 from Dottie's green stash, 532, 533, more transformed batik orphans.
538, 539. Blossom has four matching ones for me so we are officially under 100! Have a few that need a little hand work. Can you believe it, I'm early for next Christmas. I just finished the grommets in my "Tree" shower curtain. Also finished a kids quilt for Margie 's Coastal Quilters and a baby quilt for the neo natal unit.
We had our farewell brunch for Mary B, who isn't returning. We had quiche, bruschetta with olive or roasted red pepper tapinade, broccoli slaw salad, potato salad , two different types of deviled eggs, brownies, and a wonderful chocolate cake.
I hope to have some soon of the Pink Team (NASA robotics) pink beards we knitted (50+). Kathy and Shelia have gone to Washington to watch the competition. We
Garnet got an email from Lois, Hospice has been called in for Gary, the chemo didn't work. Carol V is started a new chemo this week so please keep them in your prayers. My EKG was good, no heart attack, now I need a stress test. I'm trying to de-stress my life, but it ain't easy. I have given up heading our Isolette project, Blossom will take over in the fall, she lives at River lakes, so we'll be able to continue on there.
It's not easy giving up leadership but you may find that you really like to become another "worker" without quite as much responsibility. Reducing stress by reducing obligations can be a very good thing! I used to force myself to sit quietly out on my bench next to my homemade water feature, behind the screen of clematis everyday. A quiet peaceful refuge from a demanding life. I could not be seen easily there. Find yourself a quiet nook and make it a habit, even if it has to be forced in the beginning.
Find yourself a mantra kind of thing, something you can say to yourself to remind yourself to slow down and de-stress... "It's OK to just BE" rather than always working and accomplishing. "Quiet time is NECESSARY time" "Relax and enjoy, take it in", whatever will work for you. If you think something more spiritual would work better for you "I can't serve from an empty well."
You and friends will be in my prayers. Please take GOOD care of yourself, OK? YOU are irreplaceable to friends and family!
So very well said Pat. Mittsy - I don't think you know how much we care about you. You are a part of our family and would be devastated to lose you. Please take care as much as possible. Your friends will be I my prayers...
Please tell Judy she has a wonderful smile!!!!
Well, we did it!!!!! Now all I have to do is pick up the last two from Shelia, photograph them, and post the pictures. If I wasn't so tired, I'd get the cable for the camera and upload the remainder on hand tonight. But as I am trying to take care of myself, it will have to wait until tomorrow. We can deliver either Monday or Tuesday. Thank you everyone for sharing your orphan blocks.
Mittsy - I am so proud to call you friend. What a wonderful thing you and all your ladies have accomplished. The folks there are so blessed with people who care...
By the way, could you use some blocks to get you started again? I have some to pass on if you do...