Category Archives: Mailbox

In the Mail…

Mail is still coming in.  Thankfully it’s not all coming to my house.  More is going directly to the people that are using it.  Direct mail is really how I need things to happen so this is great.

By direct mailing, I mean, mail the fabric/batting scraps/UFOs and orphan blocks directly to someone on the Donation Page.  Find that page HERE.

I am planning a complete overhaul on that page in a couple of weeks.  Right now there is too much going on around here (I don’t always tell you about everything happening here) and I don’t have time to over haul the page the  right way right now…so it’s waiting for me to have time…and then I am going to do it right.  Please be patient with me and use what we have for now or wait with your donation until time allows me to update the page.

Now to today’s post.

Carol asked for shirt collars from blog readers.  With a group of ladies she belongs to, they are making dog collars from the recycled shirts.  Carol said she has enough for now but thanks to everyone who sent collars.  She’ll let you know if she ends up needing more.

Here are some of the goodies that came her way…


Here are some of the cute-cute dog collars they made with the shirt collars. Continue reading

In the Mail

Two mail posts in one day!!  Can you believe it?  I got flooded with boxes at the end of last week.  I didn’t expect that but it all has been processed and portioned out.

All I have left to do is write the blog post so here goes…

The first box of the bunch came from Florida.  There were orphan blocks, a UFO, and a project bag filled with stickers.  How fun.  The project bag was really neat and I’ll likely use it for cross-stitching. So cute!!

Joyce sent a striped flannel quilt top.


Carolyn sent two boxes of sleepers.  There were 100 in the box.  Carolyn sent a note and said she was counting the sleepers as she packed the boxes.

When all she had made were in the box she realized she had 99 made.  She thought she was so close to 100 that she went to the sewing machine and made one more so she could say she sent an even 100 gowns.  SO FUN!!


Carolyn is so creative and does an AMAZING job at making these.  When I sent fabric to Carolyn, I often think “how is she ever going to make this cute”…but she does every time.  Isn’t this black and red check so cute?? Continue reading

From the Mailbox…

I am changing up how I do mail.  If you missed my update on mail and quilt donations, PLEASE follow the link and read THIS BLOG POST.

I spent the entire weekend and much of the week working through the mail that was here.

With the new way I’m doing the mail, I won’t be taking pictures of everything that is sent.  I’m asking that people try to send donations directly to someone on the donation list and bypass me.   Click THIS LINK to go to the donation page.  If I do get mail, I will only be doing a very short segment.  I am hoping this cuts down on shipping and receiving on my end and that I can spend more time actually making quilts.

Frances sent some goodies…


The cutest card and quilt tops came from Leona.  These are nice tops and they would love to find a home with a finisher.  Is anyone interested in finishing these?

They are all bright colored and I’m sure kids would love them.

I couldn’t find a name with the next package…


Karen sent some goodies.


Another Karen sent goodies too.  This one was from Rochester, MN.

I rarely keep anything that comes if from blog readers.  I have so much already.  I did keep some of these fabrics though.  I got a new quilt book,   and I thought the fabrics would be perfect for quilts from this book, Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson.


This is one of the quilts I thought to make.  I think it would be a perfect charity quilt.


or this quilt…

The fabrics were great for that.  Thanks so much Karen.

The nest package made it here from Corona, CA.

The next package is going to make Jazz happy.  I always send her the embroidery things.  Jazz and her partner are both into embroidery and finish many embroidered quilts and donated them.  What a labor of love.  If you have embroidery-related things you want to pass on, please find Jazz on the donation page HERE.  She is #20.

Patti sent a pretty quilt top.  This one is a perfect scrap buster!!

The next box had lots of goodies including quilt tops.


The next box came from New York.  It was chuck full.

One day the UPS truck backed up to my house, rolled up the back end door, and… Continue reading

Quilt Top Parade from Ray

I have a very fun post to share with you today.  Ray was blessed with a lots of tops from a blog reader, Judy.  He took pictures of them all and is sharing them with us today.

Ray writes:
Judy in Ohio emailed me that she reads your blog, sees the quilts I have finished and had 15 quilts that she wanted to know if I would like to have to finish and donate. That is a lot of tops! Well, last week UPS delivered three boxes from Judy. I just got finished going through them all and wanted to share, 

Let me begin by saying that there were actually 21 tops along with yards of fabric. Yahoo!! Christmas in September!

1) This is a beautiful star quilt with a lot of gorgeous fabrics that are set off with an off-white background. She added a wide brown border to beautifully frame the quilt. It measures 60 x 73.

2) This is a large quilt at 80 x 96. It has bands of triangles sashed with wide green fabric. It is also bordered with a wide green fabric. Eye-catching!

3) This is another star quilt made out of blue fabrics. The blues are so calming. It is also finished off with a wide blue border. It measures 52 x52.

4) This is a blue snowball quilt that measures 48 x 60.

5) Love all the bright colors in this star quilt. It is double bordered. The bright green border really sets it off. It measures 53 x 65.

6) OMG! I have never seen this before. She used snowball blocks to make flowers and flower pots for a quilt. The bright yellow border sets this one off as well. It measures 56 x 49.


7) I really like how she alternated square in a square blocks with a one-piece block. The white background really makes the colors stand out. It is also topped off with a wide white border. It measures 48 x 53.

8) This cute little string quilt measures 36 x 45.

9) These tulips are so bright and cheery. Love how she embedded hearts in some of the tulips. This one is 30 x 41.

10) This very handsome star quilt is in browns and includes a wood grain border. It is 36 x 36.

11) I love the interesting way this one was put together. It has an Irish chain flair to it and integrates some hourglass blocks on point. The scrappy border really gives it a nice finishing touch. It is 31 x 31.

12))  Pretty in pink. I have no idea as to what the pattern is but I do know that I like it. It will make a great lap quilt at 52 x 68.

13) There is nothing like patience and lots of 2 1/2 inch blocks to make a cute little quilt. This one is 33 x 38. Who knows, it could end up with a snazzy border.

14) I am assuming that this pretty little quilt is a disappearing 9 patch.  I love the colors. It is 38 x 38.

15) What an interesting way to set 4 patch blocks. The dark green sashing with the lighter green cornerstones really set off the blocks. It measures 43 x 43.

16) Beautiful flowers in this quilt. Looks like a garden in full bloom. I really like the green print border. It is 42 x 64.

17) What an interesting circle pattern! The center blocks are 3-inch blocks and the outer blocks are 6-inch blocks. It was constructed by appliqueing the quarter circles to the squares. It measures 47 x 69.

18) To me this is a square in a square in a square in a square. I guess that could also fall into the log cabin category as well. Regardless, it is very beautiful. It measures 46 x 69.

19) This is another quilt made of alternating white and print 2 1/2 inch blocks. Love how she used some of the leftovers for the binding. She also included scrappy binding to go with it. It measures 30 x 48.

20) Love these diamonds that are made from pieced blue scraps and the cut to become part of HSTs. It is 30 x 39.

21) Look at all of these flying geese!! Well, they are not exactly flying geese. If you look closely at the bottom row, you can see that some of them are not lying flat. That is because the angles are not sewn down. I have not taken a block apart to figure out how it was done. It does need a seam to be sewn to make it a finished size of 60 x 78. Such nice rich, dark colors.

There are 3 pics of yardage:

1) These are all Christmas fabrics in my opinion. The dark blue has a sparkle to it. I am running out of excuses for not making a Christmas quilt.

2) Here is a whole stack of greens. The dogwoods are so pretty and springy. The trees have cats in them and would make a cute little strip quilt.

3) Love the red fabric with all the bright squiggly colors in it. The floral print works so well with the dark purple fabric next to it. Surely I can find a third print to make a Donna Robertson 3 yard quilt from it.

Thank you Judy!! (FYI- She said her sewing room thanked me for accepting all these wonderful items.)

WOW…What a haul!  These are all great tops and are really going to go on and help many people.  Your donation is so appreciated Judy.  If anyone else is looking to directly send tops or fabric to a quilt finisher, as Judy did, you can find the list of finishers HERE.