Jazz has been busy finishing quilts for her favorite hospital in Houston which cares for those uninsured at no cost or those who are underinsured. It’s an amazing cause.
“Jo, remember when you put out the call on my behalf for tying and sewing threads? So many of your readers responded so generously that I had to decline many offers. One of the most prolific givers was Carlena D. of California. She sent an entire box of all colors of DMC tying thread. I mean, every color! They’re all going into quilts but until they do they’re displayed in a glass vase, sparkling like jewels in my sewing room. I used one of the black spools to tie this baby quilt (38” x 38”) that will go to the Ben Taub Hospital newborn nursery in Houston.
This patchwork quilt is a celebration of the gifts from our friends Holly M (Indiana), Jeanne M, (Arizona) Dorothy S (W. Virginia), Melissa R (Florida), Sue R (Texas), and Terri H (Nebraska), all of whom have donated fabric and scraps to my mission of making quilts for the babies born at the hospital. The maroon back and binding came from you, Jo, as well as the batting.
As I use the fabric pieces given to me I always save the scraps. I cut the smallest ones into 2 ½” squares and store them in baggies according to color. Some of these are relatively recent, some are over two years old, but every one has been treasured and carefully chosen for this project. I mention this because contributions are not always used in the order received. I don’t want anyone to think their supplies are unappreciated. Every single gift is used in the most appropriate comforter.
I used some of the solid maroon yardage you sent me to back and bind it with. I think it makes a nice contrast.
An anonymous donor who knows I will be facing major surgery soon gave me this cross-stitch kit of animals to keep me distracted as I recover. Doesn’t it look like they’re all posed for their school pictures, in front of the same prop wall?
She underestimated my self-control, though. I finished it in a few weeks and sashed and backed it with pink-on-green cotton from Becky M (Texas and Alaska). It’s bound with a bright pink you gave me, Jo, and all these quilts are batted with the batting you sent me. This embroidered animal quilt finished at about 45” x 55”.
The same friend in Houston, Texas gave me this stamped cross-stitch picture, but she no longer had the diagram (as if that would slow me down!) indicating colors or threads. I’ve never seen a tractor or a barn or a farm up close, but I made it up as I imagined them to be. I used DMC threads I had, and those different followers of your blog offered me.
A third anonymous benefactor sent me… the gray and white background, and additional donation from Missy R. from Florida was the Holstein print that’s even in better in person than it photographs. It’s a black-on-brown brushed effect that is such an appropriate complement to the farm theme. It looks just like what I think cows must really look like.
Dorothy S. (Nebraska) sent me the dazzling floral print I used as a border. I loved this fabric as soon as I saw it; originally it seemed destined for a Texas wildflower themed quilt, but isn’t it beautiful on this one? (It is, even though it didn’t photograph well enough to illuminate it.)
The cute cartoon animals on the left were a gift from a neighbor who knows I make quilts for the newborn nursery of Ben Taub Hospital here in the Texas Medical Center. The bright blue back, binding and batting are all from you, Jo. Thank you all so much! This baby quilt is about 36” x 36”.
Finally, I’ve finished another one of the many tops you sent me. I just love the brilliant blue background and yellow print squares. I stitched it all in the ditch and free motioned in the alternating spaces. I used yellow from my stash for the binding and more of your maroon to back it with. It’s about 45” x 45”, just the right size for a new baby.
Many thanks to you, to all our anonymous donors, and to Carlena D, Holly M. and Jeanne M., Dorothy S, Melissa R., Sue R., Terri H., Becky M, Dorothy S., and to the maker of the flimsy pictured above. Because of your generosity, four newborns will go home from the hospital with their own quilts.
Great job Jazz. We all love seeing what you’ve been working on. Many get well soon wishes from us all from blog readers to me. We hope you are back on your feet soon!! Feel free to leave a Get Well Soon message to Jazz in the comment section. I know she reads the comments.