Charity Quilt from Patricia and Nancy


I recently opened my email to find a note from Nancy in Texas.

Nancy writes:
“Hello Jo – I am sure you probably wondered what in the world ever happened to two quilts that you sent to me earlier this year.  They were constructed by the expert quilter in Spokane.  (If I remember correctly, they are from Patricia) I’m sorry I can’t remember her name.  I had been holding the quilts to donate to a new Women’s Shelter, Katy Cares.  The person in charge of bedding, Jenn Saxena, was able to obtain a lot of support from the Houston Modern Quilt Guild.  So after several delays [including issues related to Hurricane Harvey], the shelter held it’s grand opening a few weeks ago.  I’m so glad that we were able to include these quilts as part of the project.

The picture I attached is of Jenn and me holding the quilts.

I also attached a picture of all of the Houston Modern Quilt Guild donated quilts shown on one of the buildings.”  See??? [Read more...]

In Between Times…Charity Quilts


In between everything I’ve been working on I have gotten three charity quilts on the frame.  The extra push to get the last two baby quilts done came after I cleaned the sewing room.  I had a quilt top that was sent to me by a blog reader.  The colors were great but it was a unusual size.  It was long and narrow.  I had put the quilt back time after time trying to decide what to do with it.  I think the maker had tried her had at the Disappearing Nine Patch block and got tired of it.  That happens to all of us from time to time.  She shipped what she had done off to me to use as a charity quilt.

Finally after folding and sorting all of the charity quilt tops that are here I came to a conclusion.  I would get my seam ripper, take it apart so I would have two baby sized quilts….and that’s what I did.  I put together a backing that would be big enough to accommodate both of the baby quilts and loaded it on the frame…away I went.

I ended up with these two….


I had gotten to another quilt before this one….here it is. [Read more...]

Charity Quilt Finish from Cheryl and Cathy


My favorite Dallas longarmer sent lots of pictures of this most recent charity quilt finish.  This quilt top was made by Cathy Whitehead in Wakarusa, Indiana.  Isn’t it fabulous?!  Bonnie Hunter fans will recognize it as one of her classic patterns called “Jared Takes A Wife.”  I have always liked this pattern although I rarely see it completed.  With all of the work that goes into the quilt, I understand why.


So much detail to study in this quilt . . .  Look at the corner treatment; it makes an otherwise plain border very special.  There is even a tiny square at the corner of the dark brown border.


I forwarded this quilt top to Cheryl in Dallas during the summer, and I’m glad she finished it in time for fall.  The colors are perfect for the season.  Cheryl has the top loaded onto her longarm ready for the first row of quilting.


Look at the detail in this block:  perfect matching points and all the four-patches intersect at 90 degree angles.  Even the quilt police would be impressed with Cathy’s work.



I just realized why I never take photos like this while my longarm machine is stitching—I need both hands to move the machine across the quilt.  Cheryl in Dallas uses an automated set-up to quilt out the patterns.



This pattern is the classic Baptist Fans.  This version is called Continuous Baptist Fans, by Hermione Agee and is available at Urban Elementz.


Cathy, I hope you think it was worth the wait to see your finished quilt!  The quilt is 82” x 98”.  It is big enough for a full size bed, but considering where it is headed, it will probably be used as a bedspread on a twin bed.



A close-up of Baptist fans on the border detail.



Cathy supplied the brown mottled backing to complete her quilt.  It is so nice when volunteers include backing or binding with the donated quilt tops, but I don’t expect it.  My blog readers spoil me.



A reader asked in the comments section why some quilts are washed before they are donated.  Here you can see why.  After being dragged around on the floor and outside with lots of nature, the quilt picks up dirt, dog hair, and bits of dead leaves.  Best to get rid of that before someone cuddles up with the quilt.


After the label is attached and a trip through the Wishy Washy Laundromat, this quilt is going to the House of Hope in Gainesville, Florida.  The gals at the House of Hope come to the program after release from prison, and most of them are estranged from their families, so they are dependent on the kindness of strangers to help them get their lives on track.  This quilt will be the most beautiful and treasured possession for a new resident when she joins the program.


Thank you, Cathy and Cheryl, for sharing your skills and love with someone who needs a quilty hug.  You can check out the free pattern for Jared Takes A Wife at this site:  This quilt is on my “someday list”.  Have you made one or is it on your “someday” list too?


Charity Quilt from Ronda


Before I get to today’s post:
My Doctor called back.  It is believed that the “lymph node” that they wanted to biopsy truly isn’t a “lymph node” and is instead scar tissue.  Everything is good and now we know.  Thanks for you notes, comments, thoughts, and prayers.  I appreciate it.

Now to today’s post:
You might remember that about a month ago Carolyn in Texas sent me all of these goodies.  Well I knew there was no way I could sew it all so I packaged part of it up and sent it on to Ronda, our trusty charity quilter.  Well Ronda didn’t let the fabric sit for even a minute.


Can you believe she sent me pictures of finished quilt already???

Ronda writes:
 Hi Jo,
Remember the quilt kit you sent me with the horse panel?  It was meant to be a large lap quilt, but I decided to make it into three separate kids quilts to be donated to Quilts for Kids.  They have a certain size requirement, so they couldn’t be too big.  There was enough backing ~ that all-over horse print ~ and binding for all three quilts.  They are all similar, but not identical.  I pretty much followed the pattern included in the kit, but put my own spin on the borders in order to keep within the size limit.  I free motion quilted them all the same, with a swirly design as some of the fabrics have a swirly print to them.  I have a hard time coming up with some boy quilts and I thought this fabric was better used for little boys.  With these three quilts, that makes nine quilts that I have for the Quilts for Kids representative to pick up.  She is coming next week.  Thank YOU for sharing so that I can keep sharing!

So ready to see the quilts?  Here they are: [Read more...]