Category Archives: Charity Quilts

The Unexpected

A week or so ago I got an email message from someone whose name sounded familiar.  I thought and thought but nothing clicked.  Then I opened the email and it said, -Do you remember me?  I worked with your daughter Kayla at Pine Needles in Cresco.  I am helping my mom clean out fabric.  We have a couple boxes, are you interested?  If not we’re taking it to the thrift store.”

Oh be still my heart.  YES!  I’d love it.  So we make arrangements to meet in Decorah in the grocery store parking lot….here’s the two boxes she brought.  They were JAMMED with goodies.

I started sorting….There were lots of fabrics.


Homespuns…oh lots of a little of everything.

There was a pile of Christmas fabric.  This is moving on to my friend Lana who makes Christmas throws for Veterans.  It will be perfect.

Brights were included…and look at the crazy lobster fabric…see? Continue reading

Charity Quilt From Ronda

Ronda dropped me an email with pictures.  I opened the pictures before I read the note and immediately recognized this as some blocks I had passed on to Ronda.  An anonymous blog reader sent them to me.  There were lots of blocks done but needed a few more.  I had planned on making them and putting it together then in the middle of cleaning my sewing room I had a little reality check!!  I don’t have time for that now…not when my sewing room still wasn’t clean.  It was so much better to pass them on to Ronda or and another charitable group and get them to someone who could use them now.


Ronda writes”
I have two quilts to share with you this time.  The first one is one I made starting with 10 string blocks that you forwarded on to me from an unknown quilter.  Each block was about 10″ X 13″ and foundation pieced on what appeared to me to be used dryer sheets.  I’ve heard of using dryer sheets before ~ that way you don’t need to remove the paper.  However, I don’t have that much laundry with just my husband and myself, and it takes 4 dryer sheets per block.  I figured I needed to make 15 more blocks in order to put together a nice lap sized quilt.  So, my solution to duplicate these blocks was to use wedding isle runner from Hobby Lobby which looks and feels pretty much like a dryer sheet.  It’s cheap and can stay in the quilt with no problems.  The black/white dotty swirl fabric I used for the border (to help tie in the black/white triangles on the corners of the blocks) came from Gloria S. in Lomita, California.  She also sent me the backing fabric.  This one is going to be donated to Eric’s Closet, a local charity that helps out homeless and/or other people in need.”

Ronda has expressed a need for backing so that’s awesome that Gloria sent some to her.  If anyone is cleaning out stash, think of Ronda.  Ronda is #2 on the charity quilters list.

About the second quilt Ronda writes:
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Charity Quilts: Ronda and Janelle strike again!

Ronda and Janelle are at it again.  They make a great tag team accomplishing MUCH.  Janelle made up 8 tops and forwarded them on to Ronda who finished them.

Ronda writes:
I have two more finishes for you ~ the last two from the box of eight sent to me by Janelle R. in Pasadena, MD.  These last two tops are flannel, so I backed them each with a plush or velour blanket that I picked up last spring when all the winter things went on sale. I didn’t have anything in mind when I bought them, but they were the right size and right colors for these two flannel quilts.  They will be perfect for the Ronald McDonald House ~ nice and cuddly and warm for use with our cold Iowa winters.  Thanks again to Janelle for sending me the tops!

Here is quilt #1…what a simple idea but cute…RIGHT???

The purple back for it is perfect!!  Ronda’s quilting really made the quilt sing.  I love it.

This is quilt #2…I love the big plus sign in the center..see? Continue reading

Charity Quilt Ronda and Janelle…AGAIN.

Last week I showed off quilt tops that Janelle R made and Ronda finished…  This week I’m doing the same.  There are different quilts but look very similar.

Ronda writes:
Hi Jo,
I have three more donation quilts to share with you.  These three are the second group of three tops that were sent to me from Janelle R. in Pasadena, MD.  I just had to quilt and bind them.  They will go along with the first three to the Ronald McDonald House.  I used a plush blanket with no batting on one of them and it turned out so nice and soft and squishy.  It’s quite warm, too, so will come in handy as the weather here turns colder.  Thank you, again, Janelle, for passing these on to me.”

Here’s quilt #1….
I always smile at simple square quilts.  There is something happy about them…at least I sure think there is!!

…and a bright cheery backing fabric.  PERFECT!!

This is quilt #2.  These are all baby sized.  I love that they aren’t really gender specific.

There’s a whole lot of everything going on with them.  I can so imagine a sick kiddo at Ronald McDonald house hunting the tigers in the fabric!!

This is quilt #3…. Continue reading