Charity Quilts from Ronda


Can you believe it?  Ronda is at it again.  She’s finishing up more partially done projects that have been sent to her.

Ronda writes:

This is fabric that came to me from you in the first box you sent.  It had the name of Jennifer Price from Newark, Delaware on it.  She had cut most of the fabric into five inch squares and had sewn a white sashing strip to two adjoining sides of quite a few of those squares.  I did the same to enough of the rest of the squares to make a good sized throw.  With the remaining fabric, I added gray as a background and made the X blocks for another nice sized throw.  After adding the backing, batting, and binding ~ all the “B” things ~ I quilted and bound them.  They will most likely go to the Women and Children’s Shelter on our next trip, along with several other quilts that my friend and I have made for them.  If a fundraiser or some other special need comes up before we go to the Shelter, I will pick these two for that instead.”

Check out Ronda’s work….Quilt Number One….Don’t you love the colors?  I never think about gray as a color…but this sure makes me rethink that!


This fabric was sent to me but I didn’t think I would get to it so I passed it on to Ronda knowing that she completes projects and does a beautiful job with them too.  Isn’t it great to give something when you know it’s going to be used?

…and here is quilt number 2! [Read more...]

Charity Quilt from Cheryl


Another finish from a dynamic duo in blog-land.  This quilt top was made by Connie Carpenter from Minnesota.  You won’t believe the amazing detail on this quilt.  It is worth some close-up photos.

This is what it looked like when Connie finished the top.


The asymetrical top has two maroon borders and two blue borders.  The quilt has three different corner treatments.

Can you believe the detail on this fan at the lower left corner?  Nineteen separate pieces of fabric.



There are three of these little kimonos at the bottom of the center panel.  This is not a print, it is pieced!


Even the little obis are appliquéd on these mini-kimonos.  I wonder what these Chinese characters say.  Does anyone read kanji?


The geisha lady panel is the focal point, and the lovely on-point squares to the right mirror the fall colors in the leaves above her head.



In this close-up of the on-point units, you can see that different patterns of black fabric were used on either side of the units.



I sent Connie’s quilt top to Cheryl in Dallas for quilting and binding.  It is loaded on to the longarm machine, sideways.  It takes less time to run the longarm when the quilt is loaded lengthwise because there are fewer rows to work on.


The digital quilting pattern is an oversize Baptist fan.  This one is “Continuous Baptist Fans,” designed by Hermione Agee.  Brown varigated thread was used on this quilt, but it is hard to tell the color because of the variety of fabrics.



Look at how delicate this little fan is.  Only 2 1/2” inches tall and it includes 12 fan sections!


The red kanji fabric is only 1 1/2” square.  Can you see how Connie lined the points up perfectly on the border?  Too bad the brown flange is covering up that detail.


Gold sashing only 1/2” wide, but it does the job of separating the different sections of the quilt.


After a quick trip on the longarm, the quilt top gets a trim to cut off the excess batting and backing.  And to square up the quilt top.


The Geisha Lady Quilt is displayed on a backyard fence in Dallas.  Good thing there is shade because at this time of year, the temperature is 92 degrees F. even under the trees.  Here it is…. [Read more...]

Charity Quilt: Tulip Fields


If you have Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling, you are likely familiar with this beautiful quilt, Tulip Fields.

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Can you believe that a blog reader sent this one to me to machine quilt and send on to donate to a charitable cause?

Well I know a blog reader, Lori from ND is always looking for twin sized quilts for Share House.    Lori is a volunteer binder and does a great job with getting quilts finished and onto someone in need.  Lori writes: [Read more...]

Charity Quilts from Ronda


You might remember Ronda the charity quilter…well with reader help, she’s been at it again finishing up some awesome charity quilt.

The email from Ronda says, “Hi Jo,  I have four finishes to share with you this time!  The first three were sent to me from Cynthia Emerson in Ohio.  All they needed was the binding attached and sewn down and she included the binding with the quilts ~ already made!  I prefer the look of hand sewn binding, so just attached it by machine and then hand hemmed them.  The fourth quilt is one I made using scraps you forwarded on to me.  I provided the background squares, batting, backing, and binding…..

Wow…How impressive that Cynthia would have all of these quilts so close to a finish yet pass them along for charity.  How sweet of you Cynthia!!!  The pops of dark colors on this one sure is fun. (I apologize that the photos aren’t larger.  It was my intention to get them bigger but the email they were in won’t allow me too.  That’s okay.  I’m sure you are getting an idea on how good these are all looking.


Here’s a very traditional looking one!


WOW, check out this pretty off center log cabin.  Nothing says comfort more to me than a log cabin quilt.

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This is the final one from Ronda.  I had sent here some left overs….here’s the great quilt that she made from them. [Read more...]