I think I might have created something bigger than I knew. A bit ago I got an email from blog reader and volunteer binder, Karin. She had completed a quilt and made plans to send it to the fire victims in the Tennessee area. She expressed an interest in wanting to do more to help. I thought it was a great idea. I looked at my schedule for the upcoming month thinking I could likely power through and do six charity quilts. Karin said she’d be willing to bind a couple of them and I was certain I could rally a couple more volunteer binders.
Our only problem….I only had two quilt tops here. OH NO!
So last week on Monday I wrote a blog post about wanting to do more but needing quilt tops. OH MY! WOW! I think I opened my mouth a little too big. Emails started coming in…boxes started coming too. Some people emailed me first and others sent quilt tops. I answered the first five emails and said I’d take the quilt tops….then after that I wrote and said I would accept the tops but I don’t think they would be done in time to help the fire victims of Tennessee.
Here’s my reasoning. The fires happened a bit ago so we’re a little behind. I have to quilt these, get them sent out and then the binders need time to bind and mail them out. It will easily be 3-4 weeks if there are not hitches and things work very timely….and I can get quilts done that quickly. By then other organizations will be sending quilts too….so that’s why I told people who sent notes about quilt tops that I can’t guarantee that the tops will go to Tennessee….I did however promise that the tops would still find a worthy home.
In light of all this, I started in on the quilt tops that were already here….
I had a good backing for it. It’s light with a darker tan accent. I think it’s going to look good.
My intention this night was to get the quilt loaded and work on it the next day….I ended up staying up a bit and put two bobbins worth of thread into it. The plan was to get up early the next morning and finish it. That didn’t happen so late that night I was going to be and thought…just put one bobbins worth of thread into it. Well I put 2 1/2 bobbins of thread into it.
Little by little, it’s going to get done. I’ve always said it’s not a problem to get the quilts quilted. The problem is to get them loaded onto the frame. I think many long armers can relate. Getting them into the frame requires so many decisions…backing, thread color, motif for quilting…UGH. I hate decisions.
In light of that I think I’m going to try to take on a new thought process of decisions….I want to celebrate them because after all making a decision means I have a choice. So many times in situations, we don’t have many choices or options….maybe those choices and options should actually be celebrated rather that put off and disguised as decisions needing to be made.
Anyway…back to my charity tops. Let me show you what has come in…First off…here’s a thank you from Share House in ND thanking us for the donation. That quilt was done by the team of Dori and Lori.
Well on the same day that the thank you came I got a another quilt top from Dori. Well being that Dori previously requested that her quilt top be sent to Share House, I think I’ll save this quilt top back and complete it for Share House too. Lori has graciously offered to bind more quilts for donation there.
Here is a box of SIX quilt tops. These are all from Diane V in Texas. There are all sorts and sizes in this box.
The next box has two quilt tops. These came from Patricia in Spokane who is a charity worker for sure. She’s sent many tops before.
Next up, a box from Indiana from Cathy W….one more quilt. I’m excited to take a peak at this one. The note says it’s Bonnie Hunter’s Jared Takes a Wife.
Here are three quilts from Evelyn in Los Angeles. By the way, if you ever want invitations hand written, Evelyn would be your girl. Her writing is PERFECT….Absolutely perfect. Evelyn also sent some money to help with postage.
Next is box of 4 tops. These are from Christine in Hillsburo, Oregon. Looks like bright goodness in this bag. Can you believe that I don’t pull them out and look at them until I’m ready to find backings for them? I like the anticipation and surprise.
Letters of support have come in too. This is from Joyce and Janice in Washington. This is being used towards the purchase of a roll of batting. I’m going to be needing one, don’t you think?
I got a lovely card from Dori who has been making some quilt tops for Sharehouse. Look at the card she sent. Isn’t this adorable? The little flowers are tatted. I love it. SO-SO cute.
As you can see, I’ll be chained to the quilting machine trying to get as many out as I can. For reference, at the time this was posted, more people offered to send tops. You can see why I’m a little nervous trying to hurry to get these taken care of.
Hubby did tell me that he won’t allow me to chain myself to the machine….he said he understands my need to help but still wants a wife.
THANKS to everyone who is helping with this. As always, if you are interested in quilting a few of these or binding a few of these let me know….I take offers of help on a regular basis. Email me with questions…[email protected] If you emailed before and I didn’t get a quilt to you to bind, feel free to contact me again.