Ladies! I would like to organize a Quilt swap for baby blankets to be donated. The way it would work is like this: ONLY One person would send each swap member 1/2 yard of prewashed cotton print baby fabric. Each swap member would then choose their own design and other fabrics to coordinate with the 1/2 yard given to them. You would then donate your baby quilt to the charity of your choice.
Many of us are already making and donating quilts to hospitals, Project Linus and other organizations. This would give us an opportunity to "work together" and see how someone else would use the same fabric.
Psychw2 has offered to send the first 1/2 yard of a bold primary color toddler car print. If this is a "success" we might consider making this an ongoing project with each of us taking a turn providing the 1/2 yard. Anyone want in? This first project is "unlimited" until Psychw2 runs out of fabric! She bought a LOT and still has more. We want to see if there is good follow through and not overburden the person who is providing the 1/2 yard each and postage for the fabric, so future swaps will be limited in size, more like 4 to 6 people.
NO DEADLINE, this "challenge" for this thread will "end" when psychw2 runs out of this fabric. Then we'll open MORE of the same threads with different people donating the fabrics.
Please use only 100% prewashed cotton and post a picture of your completed project and a description of WHERE your quilt is going. There is no firm "deadline" for completion but by May 20 would seem doable.
Ladies, REV-UP your sewing machines and sign up to participate and get your first 1/2 yard!
Realistically no one will be "turned away", any one can sew with us.
thanks for the compliment doc, I am enjoying working on these baby quilts...and while I was working on this one I got a fantastic inspiration for another...with some fabric I've been trying to figure out!!!!
He is so SWEET!!! He has so completely captured my heart. I only get to see him a couple of hours a month. When he reaches for me with arms outstretched I'm so grateful. I always worry that as little as I get to see him he will be afraid of me or just reject me as a 'stranger". I'll be moving back to WA soon I hope, his Dad & him may be moving in with my Sweet Husband & I.
I would love to participate in this quilt thread. Please tell me where you all are, and what I have to do? So we make one quilt per month? I have a womens shelter here, that I donate things to for the holidays, and we also have a hopsital that would love the quilts.
Welcome Linda Kay. Psychw2 has some children's fabric and she is sending 1/2 yard to each person who wants to join in until the fabric is almost gone. She is saving a little bit in case someone needs just a little extra. You then add your material to it to make a baby quilt that will be donated when done. All we ask for is pictures of the finished quilt before it is donated and we would like to know where it was donated. We really want to see all the different ways the same piece of material was used for the same purpose. This trip through was a test to see how many would be interested. I'm pleased at how many have signed on. We thought we would try for one every three months and break it down to 4 to 6 people in a group to share material. That way there is no burden on any one person. We were VERY FORTUNATE to have Psychw2 donate fabric for this run and I understand she still has some left. I will let her know you would like some (if she hasn't seen your post already). Thanks for wanting to help others and welcome again to the challenge. Barb
It is totally your choice of other fabric and pattern. If you look back through the previous thread you will see different sizes that have been made. Mine will be about 40/44" by 46/48". I like this size as it can be used for a crib or a wheelchair as my quilt is going to a cancer center. Looking forward to having you with us. If you look at the previous thread you can see the donated fabric and choices that others have made. Barb
This particular one should go to a child as the fabric we are all getting has cars, planes, etc for a young boy. That would make a great leadin for another challenge though. Boy my mind really is spinning with ideas now...
Hello everyone, April will be here so soon and everyone will be out playing in their gardens and enjoying the welcome weather of spring. Just thought I'd drop in to our thread and see how everyone is doing with their fabric. I know you still have plenty of time but this will bump the thread up to the top. don't want to lose anyone!!! Enjoy!!!
ANYONE who has not yet received their fabric and would like to sew along, please send me your address by d-mail!!! This will serve as my reminder to me. I've been sick and I KNOW there is some people who wanted to join in late that I've missed. THANKS!
~ Pat (and yes I know I could look them up in Extras if you are listed, please send them by dmail)
I just discovered a new local sewing shop! they sell more machines, and accessories than fabrics, but do have fabric truck load sales from time to time...so they call themselves "sewing" center. not quilt shop...anyways...they have a connection for a local hospital that takes donations of quilts (any size) and pillow cases..so this may be where my baby quilt will go??
I still want to talk to local fire dept, and I am thinking of asking the mayor If he knows of anything local?
a good part of my top is done, i am pondering border fabric????
Thunder that is just wonderful. Checking with local officials is a great thing to do too. We always seem to think of hospitals and cancer centers but tend to forget our own. How many times would a police officer love to be able to give a victim of child abuse something to make them know someone cares??? Or a fire victim??? Let us know what they have to say please????
Your glutton block will be mailed tomorrow along with some of those scraps I promised!!!! Barb
thanks, I am very pleased with this one,I love to do bright for baby quilts. the borders will "come to me" I'm sure.
green then blue sounds good doc, I will give that a pre-view. I had been thinking of using more of the blue swirls.
I keep hoping the mayor will stop in where I work, as he does from time to time, so I can ask his input, and he would know about the fire and police depts...I've just been to busy to make the time to go to his office on one of my occasional weekday days off...
Thunder, your baby challenge is wonderful. I live the idea of donating local. Whenever we go to a quilting function we are usually introduced as those wonderful ladies that donate all the beautiful quilts to the babies. I think that I why we get so much beautiful donated fabric.
Thunder, I love the alternate block with the bright colored pattern. The mixture of the pattern and the colors ae so interesting. I see things ilke that and say "I wish I could have picked that combination" but I know that I might not. One of the reasons I think my DIL will be good at quilting is that she does have that "eye" for what works together.
I work in a garden shop, and the Mayor is a plant "nut", He taught the middle school agriculture class for years, he had the kids set up a green house and start plants, and then they sold them to make the money to keep the green house going. a great guy...so he comes in to buy plants, or supplies...He has one of the most beautiful yards in town !
About a year back I went on a fabric donation drive. I listed an ad on craigslist and got several responses. The fabric was used by several different women to make quilts that were donated to various organizations. Right now we have a shelter that needs twin bed sizes so that is our next big push, we generally are looking to stock up on Queen size!
I always enjoy the fun of doing a baby quilt. Its smaller and I seem freer to express more creativity with a smaller project. Not to mention cheaper to make!
Tater55 Pat's DH is having knee surgery today. I'm sure she will get back to us as soon as she can. She has had a lot on her mind lately and I'm sure it is just an oversight. I did send her a dmail though. Barb
Well, not there is a break in the bad weather, I can sign on for a few minutes. I finally found the coordinate pieces I wanted for my baby quilt so should be working on that before very much longer. Didn't do anything today as we had some really rough weather and I am down with that stupid thing called "sinus" yet again. Bummer!!
Marion you're really gettin hit this spring. Sounds like you could use some of BJ's minerals.. I'm so sorry the weather has been so bad. Seems like that is all I see on the TV. Things need to change soon for all of us...
My bad, I was waiting for one more person who said she would let me know if she wanted in or not, I was going to mail all 3 at once. Since she has not gotten back to me, I'll take that as a no. Fabric will go out later this week, sorry for the delay.
My Sweetie's surgery was today, it went well, I just got home. I need to be up at 3:30 to be at work by 5 so I'm signing off now!
So glad to hear DH's surgery went well. It will be nice to eventually be pain free. How is your Mom doing? I've been worried about her too. Get as much rest as you can and drop us a note when you have time. Prayers will coninue for you and yours. Barb
I used the serpentine stitch built into my machine with the walking foot. I did the center vertical and center horizontal rows first, then alternated, stitching the border last. It was easy and the width setting can be adjusted to fit your walking foot.
Thunder, would you please share the sizes of your blocks? I just love the green, it makes the focus fabric pop.
I have some wonderful animal print fabric that I can just see in my mind and it would be wonderful with your pattern. You have me designing number 13. So much fabric, so little time. I don't know how I ever worked, as my retirement days are just crammed full!
I only do HW when guests are coming. About the only ironing I do is for my sewing. After the basket get so high, I decide I really didn't like that much anyway and donate to a local thrift shop. Most of my friends are also quilters and like the comfy wrinkled look. When I do wear something freshly pressed I have been told, boy, you really clean up good. That's because it's not a look they see very often!
My mother would rollover in her grave. She ironed everything; my dad's boxers, sheets, even towels! If it has to be ironed, I don't buy it.
I can remember taking my ironing, sprinkling it (you know, with water), wrapping it up and putting it in my refrigerator until I could get to the ironing. With 3 under the age of 5 yrs. that sometimes took a while and the clothes would mildew. Euh! Those were the days...and I don't miss them at all.
RPFLOL Janice I remember those days and doing the very same thing oh so very well. As woman today what is a "sprinkling bottle" and all you get is a blank stare. Iron? Hummm other than quilting use it for a door stop!
My iron is an EXCLUSIVE sewing tool...when I was little my dad used to pay us 10-25 cents a piece to iron his t-shirts, and bowling shirts ! His way of giving us an allowance? while teaching us the meaning of working for a living??
My grand-mothers sprinkle bottle is a "prized antique", it is actually a lovely old coke bottle that no one is allowed to touch !!!
And I remember that ironing being in the fridge!!!
I will pull out the pattern I used for the quilt, and post it in a bit...
thanks for all the compliments...If I ever get to really retire, I plan to spend much of my time quilting...as it is now that is about all I do when I am not at work...
...ah! I remember them well. I even remember learning to iron with flat irons heated on the stove. Wonder if that is why I hate ironing. Then came the gas iron and boy did I think we had "moved up town then". Funny the things we forget and then all of a sudden remember.
Waiting for the pattern Thunder--really love the colors.
Isn't it a shame we have to work to pay for our hobbies? If I just didn't have to work these three days a week I wouldn't have this hard decision to make this Friday: do I sew or do I get out in the garden and do my spring cleaning? It is supposed to be 70 here for the first time! So much fun...so little time!!
I am going to try to put a link to the pattern I used, they don't always work for me...
I added in the very narrow yellow border, cut 1" wide..between the patterns borders, and on the wide border I put on the sides first, then the top and bottom..I just think it looks better that way.
I did two of these quilts at the same time, on one I used two greens in the double v block.
I did the two tops, up to the first border in one day, then it took me a while to decide how I was going to continue...I tend to get "flashes" of inspiration...
I saved it and I'll share the site with the baby quilters, too. Thanks so much. We love to try new patterns. Today was our last meeting to sew for the babies. Most of the snow birds are packing up to leave the end of this month. I'll turn in five quilts tomorrow then pack it all away until mid October. my frien in NY tells me we have a Hobby Lobby opening soon. I'm hoping to get baby fabrics at a good price.
My Mom would put her sprinkled clothes in the FREEZER because she wouldn't get to it before it would mildew. She was one of the first women to go "all perma press", she HATED to iron. (She threw the frozen mess out!) When I got married 35 years ago (the first time! hehe), I said "I dont' iron, I don't match socks. I suggest you buy all matching socks!"
My X used to *itch occassionally because I didn't iron his work shirts but I just REFUSED. They were perma-press, if wanted 'em better, HE could do it, the lazy, spoiled jerk. (I'm not bitter, honest, I'm not. hehehe)
I am now married to an Angel. We've been married almost 3 years. If I iron something for him he always says "I can do that."
I brought my Sweetie home from the hospital yesterday, he's doing well. It kills me to see him walk on those crutches. With one artificial leg and his "good leg" cut from shin to almost groin (for his knee replacement), I am terrified he will fall.
Wishing your DH a quick recovery, pamper him a bit but make sure he follows through with all his physical therapy. Living in retirement heaven I have many friends who have gone through knee replacement surgery. The PT is so very important.
It will help him, if he takes his pain meds, just long enough for them to kick in, before pt shows up! That is what I did. I knew it took them about 20 minutes to kick in for me, so I took my meds 30 minutes before pt came to the house! It helped a lot!
I turned in our finished quilts. Here's the photo of me presenting the challenge quilt to Diana for the neo natal unit. Our regular meeting place is closing. This is our new meeting place. It is owned by the Kiwanas. We can use it for free as long as it isn't booked for a paid event. The lighting is wonderful and the view of the river is beautiful.
Pat did fabric go out to all? The last names I have are Doe41 - Audrey and Taters55 - Linda Kay. We are down to the last three-four weeks and I'm really curious as to how things are going with everyone. Can we get an update please?? Thanks, Barb
Last two went out, I've only LOOKED at my fabric, bought companion fabric and looked some more! I did go out and buy new sewing machine needles! My machine is messing up a little, I'm hoping I don't have to go in for service again.
I am still waiting for that "inspirational flash" on what to do for the backside; I do have some thoughts on the quilting ;-} And still not sure where I am going to be donating to, I have not seen the mayor, so I guess I've got to call the town hall tomorrow.(if I can just remember to do so )
Don't worry about the "deadline" that was the suggested mark when we began. Just get it done and donate it, don't forget the PICTURE! Honey, you are in Texas, I guarantee it will NOT be there for several days.
I picked up a nice quilt book (40% off) at JoAnn's yesterday. It is for making childrens donation quilts, mostly using scraps. I probably have patterns for allt he blocks already, but these are all scaled down to smaller size blocks and were done with such nice bright colors.
I'm way too busy to do this effort with you all this time through, but come fall, will definately be looking to make some quilts to donate the Children's hospitals.
Also, do you know about Conkerrcancer.org? They collect pillowcases for the kids.
I had heard not to long ago about the pillowcases and even printed the directions. I have no clue now where I put them. That would be a nice thing to add to the collection of baby quilts. I located some isolette quilt patterns from the Tallahassee Quilters Unlimited website that I printed. Excellant way to use up odd and ends of pieces in my collection.
wow, sure sounds like the start is being made!
good for you.
since we are being artistic, may I jump in, with humungous, ear to ear grin...forgive my boldness and well sistah's, pride.
Here is what Breenie, Sabrina, roflol, Breeniegirl! my Babe IS working on...OHWAH!!
Sistah BJ, my, I am sooo impressed with your home...believe me, I know what it all about, lolol..&lol some more!
OK, here is my Girls work...(take a peak, it's in the works!
That looks really nice, Still working on mine! Guess I need to get the machine back out. My Dad is now living with my Brother in Colorado, so I have lots more time on my hands!
I will post when it is getting finished!
Tia, I really like your block. Can you give the dimensions? What is the square focus fabric size? How big a block does it make. I have no machine until I borrow one from somebody, but I can still collect patterns.
I sent mine to Thunder too. Speaking of baby quilts - I was fortunate to go to a yard sale today put on by several of the ladies I used to quilt with before moving here to Hillsboro. I got bargains galore on fabrics and one the things I picked up thinking of Thunder and Mittsy are panels of Care Bear blocks. There are 20 - 8 1/2" bear blocks on each panel. I got 7 of these panels for $2.00 ea if anyone is interested in them.
Oh my Barb...youu are evil...send me two...but no hurry!!!!! I will send you monies along with the next batch of Christmas blocks...which will go out a few days after I get back from vacation...Planned for a few days at home too, to get caught up on some sewing/quilting...
Right now I am busy, busy with things for the new grandbaby but I have a bolt of fabric for childrens quilts that I would be more than happy to share. I bought it for this swap and then some of you already had fabric to send so I held off. Maybe after September you all might want it. I used it for the backing on the baby quilt I made for Stacey for the Reunion Shower at Cookie's this June.
Wish I could send a picture but the camera is broken.
Would you believe I checked my camera and it is now working, don't know for how long or what was wrong but I took advantage of it to snap these two pictures of the fabric I have lots of.
Here's the close up...
If any of you would be interested in having some of this fabric just let me know. I have quite a lot on a bolt and would be glad to know that it was going to some kids that would enjoy it. As you can see, the major cool is a light green so it would go for girls and boys.
If you would send me one half yard, ( or if you wouldn't mind cutting it, I'd like twelve 6 1/2" squares). I'd make a kit for the isolette quilters to sew this winter. It, of course, would be the one I can plan in my sleep, Ring Around Rosie. Here's a few we donated in 2008.
Bob The Builder
Mittsy, I will see that you get some of the fabric. If I have time I'll do the squares otherwise it will be the 1/2 yd. We got word that Stacey may have the baby earlier than we first thought so I am pushing to get those things done first.
Any other takers?
Janice, I would love a yard and a half, I can do two of those lovely ring around the rosie quilts, one more "girlish", one more "boyish" to send to my sheriffs dept...
I think I could do focus blocks and binding with a yard and a half, and maybe have a little for pieces on the reverse side??!!
Mittsy, I just love that pattern !! thanks again for sharing it with us!!!
there's always room for more projects!! I am not in a "good sewing place" if I don't have many projects going...guess I must be an "ADHD" quilter!!! have to go from one to another...get "bored" with one thing after a bit, or get "stuck" and can not figure out next step, what colors to add, what border, what quilting stitches??? etc.. etc...so leave that one and go to next...and sew on and sew on...
I have a note on my desk that says Kizmo wants atumnal tones. I finally got downstairs again this morning for a while and found quite a few. Now I don't know which thread it was posted on...So you will find this message all over!!
Go back up to August 11 and you will see some fabric I bought to make a baby quilt for a new grandson. I have lots left and offered some to anyone who wanted to make a quilt. Let me know if you want some, Housse.
As we are being deluged with rain, I decided to work on the baby quilt and wouldn't you know after a couple of hours of cutting, pressing and entertaining mom, who was helping, I discovered that I am short one 6.5 inch square, I cut these squares at the same time I cut some cute fabric from Barb so I'm hoping that it got mailed in a large box to my quilting friend Judy. She called me yesterday from Cocoa Beach but had terrible interference on the line so I didn't get to ask if it was in the box. So frustrating when you want to work and can't. Two of the boxes have arrived, so that's good! Only two to go. I hope I am up to date on postage as this time of year gets crazy. If you've mailed me something and I owe you, please lat me know.
that is adorable fabric but because of the rain I have lost my sewing room(It turned into a pool) not sure when I am going to be able to get room back. Insurance people are working hard but to many floods...thank you for the offer of fabric.
Zizmo I will be glad to send you some fabaric but it will be after Oct. 19 if you can wait that long. I just found out I need to got to St. Louis to be with my Dad and then on to Lansing about my house so it will be that long before I get home. I put a note up for me but you might want to remind me around then. I will be off line for most of that time.
I wish! I had a buyer but the people next door (low income housing) were nasty to them and they decided they didn't want to live in the neighborhood. I could have told them, "just wait and the rotten neighbors will move out soon". That was last May and nothing since.
Yep, I was looking thru the old threads looking for inspiration! I was given the most beatiful Retro cowboy print by Marion and I am looking for an easy way to turn it into the focus fabric in a baby quilt top.
I've seen a couple of boot patterns. Maybe that is how I need to add to what I have and not lose the "cowboy". Make a couple of boot blocks and add to the cowboy print blocks to make the quilt. I have always liked the quilts that combine styles... hummmmmm... maybe I'm finally making mental progress on this quilt!
Jean --- can you post a picture or two? I can make up the pattern for myself after viewing your finished project boot block.