Category Archives: Charity Quilts

Community Quilts from Ray and Friends

Finished quilt tops just keep pouring in.  A year or more ago I remember anxiously hoping someone would send me pictures of a finished top to so I’d have a charity quilt to feature on Thursday mornings.  Now I am getting so many in I never have to worry.  In fact, I’ve even added more slots in the blog to feature them.

Today’s quilts were finished by Ray.  He writes:
Attached is a pic of a quilt that I just finished. Actually all I had to do was add the binding. It is a really nice quilt, well made and measures 44 x 55.”

A couple of weeks ago you posted that I needed help with stash to complete quilts. Beth in Destin, FL reached out to me and then sent me a BIG box of stuff including fabrics, a flimsy, a partially assembled top and this quilt that needed binding.”


“Doreen in Fredericksburg, IA also sent me a box of fabric. In it was the binding fabric I used, yellow with pink polka dots. Truly a community quilt.”

Thanks to Jo, Beth and Doreen for the contributions to completing this quilt.

On to quilt #2….
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Ask Jo: Birthday Quilt and More

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days.

After I made my list of UFOs for Country Threads’ Dirty Dozen Challenge, (Find that HERE) Betty from Canada asked:
What ever happened to the quilt blocks that we all sent you? Or did I miss something?

I think this is the quilt that Betty is referring to….


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For my 50th birthday many of you sent quilt blocks to welcome me into my 50’s.  Kelli and I put the blocks together and actually created a quilt that had this as the front….

Birthday-Quilt-09and this as the back…

Birthday-Quilt-11Yep.  There were so many blocks that I had a two sided quilt.  How fun.

You can read more about the quilt HERE.

Crystal wrote:
Thank you for the link for the mat! Have not been able to try it yet, but hoping for great things! I had been debating one for quite some time and this made my mind up.”

This came after I wrote about the coupon code for the Nido mats….


I’ve been getting lots of feedback from those of you who ordered them.  Most are thanking me for telling about the mats or comments about how this brand really doesn’t smell like other brands.  I’m so happy you all are happy with the mats.  Although the promo is over, know that these mats are about the cheapest on the market even without the promo code and serious…they don’t smell like others.  It’s totally worth it.

After I talked about my cross stitch project (read about it HERE) and having to rip a portion of it out Horseangel wrote:

I was taught to start in the center of the project and work out from there. It makes doing border designs and Kettering designs easier. Why didn’t you start in the center first before working on your borders? You probably wouldn’t have had to rip anything out (I rarely have to rip out stitches) that way.


In answer, I guess I was self taught.  I didn’t think there was a right or wrong place to start and honestly, I still don’t think there is.  For me I got off because I counted wrong one time thinking two squares in the border design were suppose to line up and in reality they were supposed to be one square off.  I stitched making that assumption and didn’t count again.  I never recounted until the next time I picked up the project.  It was too late by then.  Although I was discouraged, it’s not a big deal…if a person gets to worked up by ripping out, they probably won’t enjoy cross stitch.  Even the most experienced cross stitchers rip out from time to time.

I do think the next time I do a project I might not start in the very center necessarily but might do the center first so I have that as a reference for the border and can check myself more often.  We’ll see.  I’m not a pro cross stitcher.

Do you all remember the Harriet’s Legacy quilt that was a UFO sent to me and LaNan finished it?  This quilt….. Continue reading

Community Quilts: Everett Valley Quilter Edition #2

This is a continuation of this morning’s blog post.

These tops all came from Sandra and the Cresco ladies and were finished by Everett Valley Quilters.  Laurie is my contact and she writes:

I have finished the quilt tops you sent me from the Cresco, Iowa quilting ladies. I am forwarding the pictures to you. They will be donated to the Everett, Washington firefighters for distribution to kids who have suffered trauma. We put them on the fire trucks and in all the aid cars. We have been told so many heart warming stories of how these quilts have comforted children facing all types of stressful situations. I like to think of it as a hug when they most need one. Please let the Cresco ladies know how much their work is appreciated. Thank you.”

Laurie says they are looking for tops that are The best size is 40-44” x 50-60”…I’d say lapsized.  The Cresco ladies love making quilts that size so they are an awesome fit for each other.

Here is the next batch of quilts.  The Cresco ladies make this style regularly and it’s really a nice quilt.  I love the way the similar fabrics run in a diagonal.


This one is a crazy patch in quadrants….A great way to use up small scraps for sure.


This is oh so pretty in blues…
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Community Quilts: Everett Valley Quilter Edition

I said I’ve had new volunteers to finish quilts. That is so awesome as the Cresco ladies with their speedy sewing are keeping us all on our toes.

The newest bunch of ladies to volunteer to finish quilts is out of Marysville, WA and are called the Everett Valley Quilters.  Laurie is my contact and she writes:

I have finished the quilt tops you sent me from the Cresco, Iowa quilting ladies. I am forwarding the pictures to you. They will be donated to the Everett, Washington firefighters for distribution to kids who have suffered trauma. We put them on the fire trucks and in all the aid cars. We have been told so many heart warming stories of how these quilts have comforted children facing all types of stressful situations. I like to think of it as a hug when they most need one. Please let the Cresco ladies know how much their work is appreciated. Thank you.”

Laurie sent me photos of 15 finished quilts…YES, 15.  I split them up into two blog posts…one for this morning and one for the this evening.

Here’s the community quilt parade courtesy of the Cresco Quilt Ladies and Laurie’s group out of Everett Washington.

This is a simple nine patch made with bigger blocks and wide borders.


Here’s a strip quilt.  I just love seeing tops like this…. Continue reading