Category Archives: Charity Quilts

Community Quilt from Cheryl

I got a very nice note and update from Cheryl today.  I know many of you have been thinking of Cheryl on her cancer journey and I want to update you to say, she got a pass from having to go to the doctor until December.  As someone with cancer myself, I know the joy that comes in getting a pass!!  Congrats Cheryl!!

Now onto the post.  Cheryl writes:
This batik top arrived at Jo’s house in a box with lots of additional fabrics.  Jo, you forwarded this top and some batiks from Jan and her friend in Wisconsin.  I love it when gals clean out their stash and forward goodies to others who will finish their tops.  Spreading the quilts and love around!

I spread this top out in the living room (I have a Quilt Floor — very efficient except when the puppies want to help) to determine how to trim it.  Do you like my technique of securing everything with painter’s tape?


Then I used a measuring tape to line up the wonky side.


After a bit of trimming and in no time at all… Continue reading

Community Quilts from Karin

Oh, my word.  Our gal Karin has been busy, busy.  You might remember Karin broke her hip not long ago but already, she’s back to community quilting bringing her own special flair to the quilt tops she works on.

I’m adding in an extra Community Quilts post as this is coming from Karin and she is hoping these quilts will be used by people dealing with the aftermath of the Florida hurricane.

Karin writes:
Gooooood morning Jo! Remember I told you that a big box had come whilst I was hospitalized?  From Terri McE, in Johnson City, TX.  Well, you’ve already seen a couple of quilts finished from that box, and today, I have five (5!!!) more to share! And, NO, I have not reached the bottom of the box yet!! Lol. There is another one on the frame today, and I believe there are two more to go after that!  She has truly blessed us with her generosity!!

First up we have American Daisies.  The tag read “red, white and blue charms on point.”  Yep, that’s exactly right. And EVERY POINT MATCHED PERFECTLY.

I couldn’t do that to save my life. Can you see that one red square with clothespins? Man, I do love that one!! The daisies inspired the quilting, and the colors inspired the gold top thread.  This is the only top in the box that didn’t come with its own backing (but the binding was there!!), but luckily, Linda W, of Williamstown, NY saved the day, with more of her red and white circus tent stripes.  I calculated it would be just shy of enough, so I kept digging in the box and came up with a long scrap of blue, red, and white fabric, with, say it with me, daisies and on-point lattice work!

The ladies must have collaborated!!! It was juuuust enough to add a row at the top and bottom.  However, you know my math isn’t great, ah, who am I kidding, it’s not even good.  Truth be told, my math skills are about non-existent, soooo, you will note, there is no matching row along the bottom photo.  Yeah, about that.  The top didn’t extend to the bottom, so I got to trim that section off, and I’ll save it for another project.  I was going to say, save it for a rainy day, but with Ian’s rapid approach (think turtle speed), today IS a rainy day. Anyway, on with the show!  Oh yeah,  this stunner finished up at 56×56.

This cutie from… Continue reading

Community Quilts from Karin

I had quilts from Karin to share with you last week and I have even more this week.

Karin writes:
The Cresco Ladies strike again, with Crazy Dinosaurs.  Keeping with tradition, and using what you have, many colors and scraps are combined to make this quilt.

I put giant swirls in the Crazy 8 blocks, wishbones in the dark orange border, giant circles in the light orange, wavy piano keys on the outer chevrons, and a gentle meander in the dinosaurs.  Sure provides a lot of different textures!

The multicolored backing was provided by Susan McC, of Austin, while you might recognize that wood grain green as some you provided long ago, Jo.

This is the largest of the bunch so far, finishing at 42×50.

Another big box arrived while I was hospitalized…from … Continue reading

Community Quilts from Jazz

I have some great quilts to show you from Jazz today.

Jazz writes:
Jo, you’ve made some spectacular quilts! Do you remember every one? Sometimes as I flip through photos of mine I’ll see one I’m sure was entered into the collection by mistake. Not only do I not recognize it, but I’m also absolutely certain that I did not make it! Then something will remind me of when and for whom it was created, and I just chalk it all up to a senior moment.

Here are two pictures of a quilt I’ll never forget making for a baby at Ben Taub Hospital in the summer of 2022 with fabrics given to me by your friend and mine, Jeanne M. from Tucson, Arizona. Even though neither of us has met her in person, you gave her my name and address over a year ago and we’ve become devoted pals.

I just love the bold, bright circles and stripes, the vivid solids against the dazzling white background. The black tying thread is from Carlena D. from El Cajon, California, the black binding is from my stash, and the brilliant pink backing and the batting is from you, Jo. The quilt finished at 34” x 48”.

Remember when I told you I was signed up to take a free motion quilting class? I was so excited that instead of making the required quilt of 5” squares for the lessons I made two. This one has comical farm animal print squares alternated with white on white. The yellow border and brown binding all came from you, Jo.

Before the class date the quilting teacher got sick with COVID and her class that was cancelled, so I straight stitched a diamond design. It’s 37” x 37” and you supplied the batting. I’m holding onto my other top, hoping she will recover and reschedule the class.

In the meantime, Missy R. must have felt my disappointment all the way from Gainesville, Florida. To cheer me up she sent another big box of flannels and some fluffy batting. This cute little 27” square is all from her donation, including the batting. Jo, you sent me the pink and white plaid back. Don’t you just love the little purple and blue hedgehogs?

And there weren’t only flannels in that box from Melissa.
She included… Continue reading