Ray is a busy one and finishing up lots of the quilt tops I had sent. I first sent 12 thinking it would take a long time…but nope. Ray is a machine!! The quilts are being tackled in a speedy manor. In fact they are getting finished faster than I can get the blog posts written about them.
“Just finished another quilt. This top was part of the original 12 that you sent me but you labeled it as “bonus from Ellie.””
“The fabric and the design are spectacular. It was really an eye popper when I saw it. The size was 43 x 43 and needed to be larger for Project Linus. I added a three inch border and had to make it blend in. I was lucky and had the dark brown squares in my stash and bought some gold print that worked with the rest of the quilt. I really like how it came out.”
“I found a Baptist fan pattern to quilt it with.”
“Thanks to you and Ellie for the great top.”
The next quilt that Ray finished is this one….
“The monkey quilt came in at 31 x 51. Too small for Project Linus. I added a border of brown and teal to get it up to 43 x 58.”
“I love how the teal border pulls out the teal on the monkey hats. Joann does a great job of piecing and makes quilting them a breeze.”
Aren’t both of the quilts awesome??
It’s so fun for me to see them as I see the quilts in person and then see them in pictures finished. Ray does awesome work.
I have to laugh…Ray and I have been emailing back and forth over the last couple months. The other day Ray wrote, I have to tell you, I’m a guy. I smiled big when I read that. I’ll admit I did wonder a time or two as Ray can easily be a guy or girl name…kind of like Jo. Typically guys spell Jo with an “e” as in Joe. Any Ray I’ve known has been all spelled Ray, guy or girl. Ray wrote, “My Mother told me I needed to know how to take care of myself and so she taught me everything she knew to teach me. I really appreciate her for that.”
I am really appreciating her for that too as Ray has been an awesome help to the charity quilt group we all have going here.
Anyway my great apologies to Ray if I mixed up pronouns in the past and put in a “she” in my writing. As I told Ray, gender matters not to me…I love helping hands and a quilter is a quilter in my book.
Speaking of helping hands. Ray and I were chatting and I told him that if there was anything he needed to please let me know. I would send word out to all of you and maybe some of you could pitch in and help meet some of the needs. Ray said he could use more “stash”. Right now I am sending lots of tops to him that need a border to bring them to the size needed. For example he needed border fabric for both of the quilts shown today.
If anyone has fabrics they are cleaning out, Ray will happily take it off your hands. For this, cuts of 1/2 yard or larger would probably be best. Here is his contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I also sent Ray some string quilt tops. The makers (the Cresco ladies) used a foundation fabric. Living in Florida and donating the quilts to people of Florida, Ray was wondering what people do as far as batting. Being the quilts are already heavy with that second layer of fabric as foundation, do you still use a batting?
Thanks to the ladies who donated the tops for Ray to finish…thanks to Ray for finishing them…and thanks to all of you who will consider sending fabric Ray’s way..and those of you who leave a comment to give Ray some suggestions on how you finish string quilts.