Before I get to today’s quilts, I’ve had a few emails from people looking for charity quilters. Some would like their donations to go to someone in their area. They have several reasons. They want to help their own. They would appreciate not having to bundle things up, take them to the post office and pay for shipping. All are great reasons.
I’ve been trying to figure out how I could possibly find a way to accommodate this. I’ve thought to make a Facebook group that would simply be dedicated to charity quilting. For example, someone could say they are from Seattle and have goodies to offer to a charity quilter. A charity quilter in the area could respond and say they would be happy to take the goodies and make them into charity quilt tops.
I know some don’t do Facebook so I don’t know if there is a different way to put together a database for everyone to have access to.
Another idea I had is to make a page here on the blog and organize it by state. I could put it at the top of the page in the tab section. Hmm.
I am open to more ideas. I can see that there is a need and I’d like to fill it if I can. Any ideas friends? Think on it and let me know if anyone has any ideas. I am totally willing to partner with someone who has experience with something like this as well. I somehow think the project has grown beyond my humble little home and a bigger intervention will be needed in the future.
Now to today’s post…
I have three quilts from Ray to share with you today.
“The Cresco ladies created this top and I just got it finished. It is so adorable with all the little princesses in it.
These ladies really have a gift and thankfully they are willing to share. I contemplated a variety of patterns to use and finally decided on butterflies to go complement the butterfly fabric pieces. I then picked a light violet for the top and a white thread on the back.
The backing is from Doreen C, in IA.
Many thanks to you, the Cresco ladies, and Doreen for the collaboration or this special quilt. Now I need to find that special little princess so she can have this lovely quilt.”
Here is quilt number two…
“I just finished this quilt that you sent me. Your note said it came from Kim. I just love the bright colored pinwheels in the quilt. The fabrics blend together so well.
The corner blocks add that special touch to the quilt.
I racked my brain trying to determine what motif to use for the quilting. Nothing that I had done in the past worked. I pulled out my manual with the patterns and started looking. I looked at the quilt for hints. That is when I saw the swirls in the background fabric. I located a double swirl pattern and knew that was the one. I selected a bone-colored thread.
I love the final result. Beautiful. The backing came from Patrica T. in WA.
Thanks to you, Kim and Patricia for the contributions to make this community quilt spectacular.”
You are being treated today. Ray has four quilts to share.
“I just finished this sweet quilt from the Cresco ladies. The red pinwheels really get your attention.
But the jungle animal print is absolutely darling. Then add a little polka dot fabric for some more fun. I tried out a new motif on this quilt and really like how it came out. It is called Trillium leaf. I opened it up as big as I could because the batting had such a high loft. I used an off-white thread to keep the soft look.
The backing is from Pat and Deb in FL. Cute quilt!!
Thanks to you, the Cresco ladies, Deb, and Pat for your contributions to another special donation/community quilt.”
The next quilt from Ray is a favorite of mine…
“Finished this quilt yesterday but did not get pics taken until today. This is a sweetheart of a quilt from the Cresco ladies.
They started with a block in a block square and kept adding borders to it in complementing fabrics of red, white, and aqua blue. They even added some embroidery work on one of the borders. Awesome! When trying to decide on a quilting pattern, I honed in on one of the borders that used fabric with hearts in it. I had to go with the heart pattern and they needed to be red.
The backing came from Holly in IN and picked up the blue in the top.Thanks to Jo, the Cresco ladies, and Holly for being so sweet to send me these project pieces to create this sweetheart quilt. I am sure someone will enjoy all the love that goes with this quilt.
Thanks so much, Ray for your great work, to Sandra and the Cresco ladies as well as everyone who joined together to make these great quilts happen.