Archive for the ‘Charity Quilting’ Category

WISQ June 2013

July 17, 2013

       Quilt group was at Adele’s in June;

my favorite night of the month for chatting, laughing and sharing our quilting habits.


Charity quilt from the Nickel quilt patterns.  Love this easy, but fun block.  Looks good scrappy too.

Thanks to Cathy this one is done.



Two more charity quilts for Project Linus from Karen.  Is your stash used up yet, Karen??

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More quilts.  Aren’t these beauties?  I believe the bottom one was a stash buster pattern from Glad Creations in Minneapolis.




Goodies from the MN Quilt Show:  a cute fabric bundle and two patterns from This and That.



I always love a surprise when I look at the back of a quilt, and these from Cathy did not disappoint.

Like having two. . . two. . . two quilts in one.

Happy summer,


WISQ March 2013

March 9, 2013

I’m back!  I’ve been overly occupied by my real life job – darn it having to work  – that I’ve neglected my real, real life of quilting.  At first it seemed a little embarrassing to admit I’ve haven’t posted on my blog for over a year.   But on the other hand, it seems just too sad for me to abandon it.  So I’m starting up again where I left off.  Yay!

My BQFs (best quilting friends) and I met for our monthly heart-to-heart talks, laughs, and of course SHOW AND TELL.  A picture’s worth a thousand words, especially in the quilting world.  So here it is.  March 2013 show and tell:



Block of the Month from Quilted Treasures: Laurie Smith pattern


Love this back: Prairie Paisley II by Minnich & Simpson


Knitted hat for the new grandbaby-to-be


. . .  and a diaper bag

PotteryBarn Quilt

Pottery Barn look-alike quilt, tied not quilted



Beautiful! Which Christmas did you say this was for?


Laptop bag: oops, a little too small but gorgeous anyway


Modeling the sweat fabric perfect robe



Our embroidery diva did it for Halloween


Nice work Claudia



 Fun block. How many of these did you make?


Piece of a crazy quilt from Grandma.



Gift from Cindy (conundrum, does this belong in Cindy’s section or Karen’s)


Inside with lost of pockets for quilting stuff


Charity quilt


Charity quilt


Charity quilt


Absolutely gorgeous log cabin, another of my favs of the night



Charity quilt, block from Nickel Quilts


Egyptian cats (you read it right)


Halloween fun


Devil’s Tower bag

Mary Beth


Baby quilt, girl or boy would you say?


Table topper 1


Table topper 2


Another charity quilt

Jan (me!)


Latest BOM, not a huge pink and brown fan but this is gonna be one gorgeous quilt (stay tuned)


Reteaching myself how to crochet


Okay Mary Beth, give the quilt back now, it’s time to go home

Quilts for Japan

March 19, 2011

If you’re like me you’re feeling for the people of Japan.  I wonder what to do.  How can I possibly make a difference?  I found a way for quilters to help.  Quilter’s Newletter Magazine is collecting quilts for Japan.  Here are the details from their blog.

Quilters Newsletter has long enjoyed a friendship with Patchwork Tsushin, a leading Japanese quilt magazine. So when Editor in Chief Naomi Ichikawa emailed to say her magazine is collecting comfort quilts for those impacted by the recent earthquake in Japan, we wanted to join the effort. QN will gather quilts from U.S. quiltmakers then forward them to Naomi and her staff, who will deliver them to those in need. (If you live outside the United States, email me as indicated below, and I will provide information on how you can send quilts directly to Naomi.)

Here’s how you can be part of this important worldwide response:

•    Send quilts of any size from baby to adult to:

Dana Jones
Quilters Newsletter
741 Corporate Circle, Suite A
Golden, CO 80401

•    Mark your box: “Quilts for Japan.”
•    Send quilts as soon as possible and no later than April 30, 2011.
•    Enclose your name, address, phone number, and email address with the quilts.

If you have questions, please email Dana Jones.

I’m going to make a quilt and sew it up with love to send to someone in hope that it will make a difference for someone on a dark and cold day.  Will you join me?

Freehanding on My Longarm

January 10, 2011

I had one more charity quilt to finish for my quilt group’s 2010 project.   I decided to try doing freehand quilting on it, which I’ve been wanting to dive into for a while.

I took a look at some videos on the internet to inspire me.  Here’s the ones I watched several times.

Basic Swirl Part 1

Basic Swirl Part 2

Echo Swirl

Like I said I decided to take the plunge.  Here’s the finished quilt . . .

and a close up.

It turned out okay, but not great.  Guess that’s what I can expect for my first try.  It was sooo much harder than I anticipated trying to look ahead and decide where to go next with the needle.

Any advice from longarmers out there?

Charity Quilting 2010

February 7, 2010

We had a great day at Karen’s stitching up our charity quilts.  We used the pattern Split Decision and made blocks throughout 2009.  Yesterday was the big day for putting them together, and an excuse for sewing and eating together.

We mostly used the floor as a design wall. . . . . .

turning and moving them until they were just right.

We all had lots of fun chatting while piecing.  (Sorry I didn’t get photos of everyone since I had to rush out early.)

Which made for a few mistakes  . . . . .

Cathy, Y’d you do that??

Karen has some lovely quilts displayed in her home.

And she bought the neatest prizes.  I won a bundle of thread.  Don’t you just love the colors?

Thanks, Karen, for being such a gracious hostess.

All of our quilts are going to Quilts of Valor. The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL wounded and injured service members from the War on Terror, whether physical or psychologically, with wartime quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOV).

Quilting with a Conscience

April 19, 2009

I went to Quilted Treasures this weekend for the Block of the Month like I always do on the third Saturday of the month.  This month, however, we were to have a guest speaker.  The topic was bargello – not an exciting topic to me.  The speaker was Maggie Ball.  She was going to be teaching a class later in the day.

The bargello technique she showed us had a unique spin.  (I liked it. Who would’ve guessed?)  She worked with bargello blocks instead of strips.  By varying the placement of the blocks and the number of colors in each, a myriad of quilts is possible.  We had great show and tell.  Wish I had photos of those for you.  




We saw the cover quilt which was even more stunning in person.  Lots of others with interesting borders.   Now that I’ve seen the quilts, I definitely want to try to make one sometime.  Isn’t that how it often is with quilt books or patterns?  The photo may not do the quilt justice, so it doesn’t get noticed until someone shows off a fantastic sample.

Even more interesting to me was Maggie’s story.  A woman from Mongolia sent emails to various quilt teachers in the US.  She was asking for someone to teach the women there how to quilt so they could earn money and become more self-sufficient.  Most others turned her down for one or another reasons, but Maggie asked for more info and ended up helping.  She designed a quilting motif that was symbolic of Mongolia, one found on the door of the urts.  She then traveled to Mongolia to teach the women to quilt.  They began by making bags and aprons and then moved on to quilts.  They are now beginning to incorporate applique into their quilting.






In collaboration with quilters from England, Maggie hosted a Mongolian booth at the 2007 Festival of Quilts in UK  where she raised $82,000 for a capital campaign, and in September 2008 purchased a new Center for the woman in the heart of Ulaanbaatar!  It has a retail area with a shop front, a large classroom, a bathroom and kitchen/office and is in an excellent location

Visit the Dragonfly Quilts website to read more about this quilting outreach.  Also, take a look at some pictures from Mongolia.  More pictures.  Even more pictures.  And finally pictures of the quilting center.

If you’d like to make a purchase or donation click here. It sure seems like a very worthwhile project to me. Quilters have such big hearts, I’m sure there are many of you out there who’d like to help.  

I never expected the block of the month meeting to transport me halfway around the world, but it sure was a fun trip.


Charity Quilting

March 21, 2009

Each year, our WISQ quilt group takes on a charity quilting project for the year.  We choose a pattern, make blocks throughout the year, and then meet in February for a Saturday of sewing.

This past year (2008-2009) our charity of choice was Quilts of Valor.  In 2003, Catherine Roberts of Seaford, DE, started the Quilts of Valor Foundation when her son and his 630th MP Company were being deployed from Germany to Iraq for one year. Piecers and longarmers volunteer their materials and time to make wartime quilts of valor to comfort U.S. wounded soldiers.

The blocks we used were Easy Double Four Patch from Mary Johnson.  Each month, the quilter who hosted our meeting chose a color.  We then pieced blocks in that color with fabric that came mostly from our stashes.  Karen collected the blocks and grouped them into sets that would make complete quilts.  


On the first Saturday of February we met to sew the tops together.  As of now, we have completed  19 tops.  Most of those were, or will be, dropped off at Fat Quarter Quilts in Coon Rapids, MN – an official drop off site.  A few were also dropped off at Glad Creations in Minneapolis




I took one of the tops home to quilt on my longarm.  Since I’m a newbie, I thought the practice would be good.  I tried a pantograph pattern for the first time.  It turned out okay.  Even looked pretty good once it was completed.


The Quilts of Valor (Midwest) web site states that they’ve donated 15,000 quilts to date.  You can also check the site if you’d like to support this worthy cause.

We had so much fun, we’ve already started blocks for next year.




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