Category Archives: Charity Quilts

Community Quilts from Gail

Do you remember this quilt top that the Cresco ladies made?  The center is a map of Seattle.

When I showed the top, I asked if there was anyone in the area that might finish it and donated it.

Happily, Gail volunteered.  That was so sweet of her.  She volunteered to take a few extra tops too.  PERFECT!!  I had a nice stack here and I sent on four more tops to her.

In no time at all, she finished them and sent pictures.  I always tell the volunteer finishers that they can finish tops at their own pace and they don’t need to hurry.  Well, Gail’s pace must be speedy.  She sent pictures of the finished quilts back in no time.

Here is the finish on the Seattle quilt…  WOW, what nice machine quilting!!


Gail writes:
The 5 quilt tops are done and on their way to the Enumclaw food bank where they will be distributed to forever homes and loved. I added borders where needed and words of inspiration on one.”

Here is a pretty quilt with blues…


This one is all aviation-oriented.  What fun bright colors!!


This one was extra special… Continue reading

Community Quilts from Ray

I had a few emails from Ray recently.  He’s been a busy guy working away at the longarm.  It’s a treat today.  Ray sent three finished quilts.

Ray writes:
I did not fall off the face of the Earth. I have been covered up with customer quilts lately. However, I did find a small window of opportunity and finished some community quilts. Here is the first one done. It came from Jean D, in TX, and is awesome.

I have been craving seafood the whole time I have been working on it. I love everything about it. From the seafood blocks in the middle of the brightly colored sawtooth stars to the to die for the piano key border. This quilt definitely belongs down on the waterfront.

The backing is from Doreen C in IA and complements the top so well.


I selected the star meander motif for the quilting to go with the sawtooth star pattern and used white thread.

Thank you all, Jo, Jean, and Doreen, for the materials to make this spectacular quilt!”

Here is the next quilt from Ray…

Ray writes:
I finally got the binding put on this quilt from Kim yesterday. I really like the pattern for the quilt.


Kim used a center block and then made a border around it out of a deep red fabric. Next, she added half-square triangle blocks out of various blue fabrics and a background fabric. She used the same fabrics for the entire quilt except for the blue. Beautiful and stately.

The backing fabrics came from Pat and Deb in FL. I must admit that I messed up the piecing of the back.


I made a bad cut and the plan fell apart. It should have all been the red fabric. I love how the colors on the front and back work so well with each other.

For a quilting motif, I chose the double spiral to keep with the vintage look and white thread.

What a beauty! Thanks to you, Kim, Pat, and Deb for the pieces to make this wonderful quilt. I am sure it will be a cherished possession for years to come.”

The next quilt from Ray is this beauty… Continue reading

Community Quilts from Cheryl

It’s always a happy day when Cheryl sends me pictures of finished quilts.  I think we all can agree on that!!

I received two beautiful quilt tops in the fall of 2020, and since both of them were large enough for bed covers, I sent them to Cheryl in Dallas for finishing.

First up is this beautiful top made by Joann in San Francisco Bay.  Joann’s top is entirely made of half-square triangles.  It’s a simple concept and beautifully executed.

Joann used the same cream color solid fabric for all of the HSTs and for the inner border.  The wider outer border is a cute orange print.

These prints look like they are coordinated, maybe from the same fabric collection.  Does anyone recognize it?

The solid green for the binding came from Cheryl’s stash.  It looks like the green is the same color as the middle of those tiny white flowers, but, no! those flower centers are blue. The quilting pattern is called Buzz, which is an Apricot Mood Design and digitized by Peg Linder.  It is available at Urban Elementz.  The loopy flowers are a quilter’s attempt to mimic the white flowers in the border fabric.  Looks good!

The color of the tiny white flowers is copied over to the all-white backing.

The backing is a white sheet. I love it — no piecing required.  The white also keeps the crisp look of the quilt going.

A last look at Joann’s quilt.  This one is 81” x 90,” which could be used as a bedspread for a twin bed.

Today’s second quilt was made by a Blog Reader in Omaha… Continue reading

Community Quilts from Elizabeth

I have some community quilt finishes to share with you today.

Elizabeth writes:
You sent me some quilt tops a few months ago which I am still working through, but I will be happy to take more if you need a home for some.  I quilt on my sewing machine so lap size or smaller is my preference.  I have backing fabric and batting.  A group I belong to distributes them to new mothers, hospitalized children, and senior citizens as well as children in foster care. I finished three other ones as well.”

I believe these tops all came from the Cresco ladies.  Here is a fun eye-spy looking charm quilt.

This is a fun strippy quilt with cute little flamingos included.

These are nicely finished and ready to be donated to a local neonatal unit.

Elizabeth was really busy and sent along even more pictures of quilts that she finished.  All of these I believe were tops from the Cresco ladies.


These are all so nice and sure to be well-loved.

Elizabeth did such a nice job on these…

The center panel of this quilt is “Why God Made Little Girls”.  The Cresco ladies did a boy version of this quilt too.  I finished it and donated it for a benefit.

I know the panels were donated by another blog reader and I passed them to the Cresco ladies.  How fun!

Elizabeth is a newer member of the group of people that are finishing quilts.

I am thrilled to have her on board!!  Thanks so much to Elizabeth and the Cresco ladies for your work on these wonderful community quilts.