In Between Times…Charity Quilts

In between everything I’ve been working on I have gotten three charity quilts on the frame.  The extra push to get the last two baby quilts done came after I cleaned the sewing room.  I had a quilt top that was sent to me by a blog reader.  The colors were great but it was a unusual size.  It was long and narrow.  I had put the quilt back time after time trying to decide what to do with it.  I think the maker had tried her had at the Disappearing Nine Patch block and got tired of it.  That happens to all of us from time to time.  She shipped what she had done off to me to use as a charity quilt.

Finally after folding and sorting all of the charity quilt tops that are here I came to a conclusion.  I would get my seam ripper, take it apart so I would have two baby sized quilts….and that’s what I did.  I put together a backing that would be big enough to accommodate both of the baby quilts and loaded it on the frame…away I went.

I ended up with these two….


I had gotten to another quilt before this one….here it is.

These are all in a pile waiting to go out.  It’s hard for me to get to the post office so I might wait until I get a couple more done so I only have to make one trip.   I have some time off here and there over the next two months so I’m hoping I might be able to get a few more done…and get to the post office too!!

My shoulder does okay with running the quilt machine as long as I take some breaks but loading the quilts is still uncomfortable.  I’ve learned to do it take my overnight pain pill and load the quilts then.  A girl has to do what a girl has to do.  I’m not giving up quilting….I don’t care if it does feel uncomfortable…and yes I checked.  I don’t do any more damage to it by using my shoulder.

8 thoughts on “In Between Times…Charity Quilts”

  1. Betty from Canada

    Just do what you can. Maybe neighbor girl could give you a hand.About how many charity quilt so you usually have on hand?

  2. Jo, I agree with the above poster. Asking Neighbor Girl to help you load the quilt is a wonderful idea, and showing her how the quilting machine works would probably be entertaining for both of you.

  3. If you don’t have one, it might be worth investing in a scale that could weigh your boxed quilts for shipping. You can print your postage (at a discount) from the USPS online, attach that to your package and schedule a pickup. Your regular postal person will pick it up when they deliver your mail. Saves a trip to the PO & is environmentally friendly. During the holidays, we usually have a truck dedicated to packages. I realize you may already know about this, but thought it worth sharing in case you aren’t.

  4. What a great idea to make it into two baby quilts and I like the fabric choices the maker used. I’m so glad that you can find a way to get the top quilting done and finish them up. Great job Jo

  5. Te colors in the two baby quilts really appeal to me. I’m sure they will make two mothers very happy to receive them. Great way to make the best and highest use of the long, narrow quilt top. They are very pretty!

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