In My Mail…

I’ve had lots of packages come my way lately.  Some have come via the mail, some to my door.

Laura in VA sent the first box.  It was filled with great goodies.

These looked to be like backing leftovers.  I love getting them.  I often add them to another piece of backing to make it big enough.  I didn’t keep these though.  I’m pretty set for the backing. I know others are always in need of big pieces for the backing so I passed them on.

These were fun blocks that are going to make a great quilt.

There were a couple of quilt tops in the box too.  This was all batiks.

Check out this one.  It was a variation of a double wedding ring.  How pretty.

Here’s a close up picture.  Impressive, right?

I was so happy this box came.  Becky a kind blog reader sent it with three other packages at the beginning of the month.  I wrote that three boxes came anonymously but was wondering if there might be another box in the mix.  I got an email after I wrote the blog post.  It was from Becky.  She said she was the donor.  She said the note explaining everything was in box #2 and that was the missing box.  Several days later this box came.  It was over a week from when the first box arrived until this one arrived.  Oh my!!

Becky had quilt tops to share!!  How cute is this??

She is a very nice piecer.  These were sent on to Ray and I know he going to love working on these.

Here’s another…what a fun way to use up miscellaneous scraps of solid fabric.  This one had backing fabric with it.  All of the fabric is princess themed.

I like this one…so fun and a great way to use charm blocks.

This one was all gingham fabrics.  I have always loved gingham.

This one was pretty big.  The colors went together nicely on this one.

The next set of goodies came from a neighbor a block or so over from me right in my town.  How fun is that?

Everything was scrappy.  These were all flannels.  I personally never sew with flannels so I passed these on to one of the charity sewing groups.

Hello scrap explosion!!  Both of the boxes were filled with scraps.

I contacted a group out of Decorah Iowa.  She said they would love to have these.  They make scrap quilts all the time for charity.

These are pretty big “scraps” so they should be able to do a lot with these.  I just love that someone else’s discards can become wonderful quilts!!

When they dropped them off the daughter who is in 7th grade I think, gave me a little Christmas package.  Their family has been so kind to me and I really appreciate it.  This same little girl sometimes rides her bike near Rosie and me so I’ve gotten a chance to know her a bit.  She’s a kind soul.  I just love small-town living for this very reason.

My mail hasn’t only boxes.  I’ve gotten letters too..and cards.  I so appreciate all the thoughtful things sent my way.  I’m so blessed to have good people close and good people from afar.

Speaking of people from afar, Jazz sent me a note that said, “One of your extremely generous followers, Karen V, just sent me a box of gorgeous, beautiful fabric to make charity quilts with! She sent a variety of all-new yardage in different colors and prints.  I’ve thanked her and labeled each piece as donated by her, but wanted you to know that the readers of your site are the most lovely, giving people! (They follow your example!)

Thanks so much, Karen.  That was so sweet of you.  You made our day!!

I always tell anyone who starts working with the charity quilting project that if you have a need, it will be provided…Karen, you proved that!

We’re always looking for more helpers.  So if you want to join in on finishing projects, drop me a note.   If you’ve got quilts from me before and need more, let me know.  I’m always looking for more help!!

Here is what happens when I get a new quilt finisher.  All of you find out about them and are awesome and support them.  Then pretty soon, you all send so many tops to them, that they don’t need tops from me anymore!!  So I have to look for another quilt finisher.  That has happened several times!!

I got THREE boxes from Nancy.  She did a bit of cleaning and plans to send more in the new year!  That is awesome.  I had so much fun sorting and organizing all the goodies.  This was a big fabric petting session!

This was box #1…

Box #2….

There was another box that I forgot to take a picture of.  I ended up sorting out the three boxes and then I put all the like things together from the three different boxes.

This was a set of nice fat quarters. I smiled when I saw these.  Kelli and I did a Moda Bake Shop project with this line.

I saved this fabric out to make a couple of masks for Carver.  He will love all the tools references.

Here I have sorted greens, fall colors, and then solids.

I put these fabrics in their respective piles…Looking now I think some of the ones on the right should have been with that other set of fat quarters.

This is pinks, neutrals, a panel, and black and whites.

Browns, reds, purples, and yellow.

Blues of all kinds.  See the scraps on the lower right?

These?  I snagged those and have a project idea for them already.  Proof scraps are my favorite!!

There were bright scraps that were all small, some Kaffe prints and leftovers from a layer cake project.  I’m going to keep the layer cake leftovers and see if I can make a baby quilt with them…just a simple charm square quilt.

Check out this…it was in the box too!!

Here’s a close-up.  WOW…what awesome piecing!!

This was a project that all goes together.  It’s very nice.

These were Art Gallery fabrics.  They are all super soft.  I’d love to make something with these…

Check out this cute pet fabric…

This was a collection of lots of bigger prints.  I ended up thinking the piece on the upper right was a Kaffe print.  What do you think?

The monster truck fabric will be a mask for Carver too!

These were all bigger pieces that could back a small quilt.

I pulled these for a lady that makes pillowcases and donates them.  So often most of what gets donated are more for women or kids.  I thought these would be great for guys.

As if that didn’t already have you surprised with all that was donated, there were ALL OF THESE BATIKS!!

I saved out a few of these and filled in my batik collection a little bit.  I didn’t have any black and very few reds.  My blues took a HUGE hit as I did last year’s mystery and the Unity quilt along in batik blues and pinks so I kept a few of them too.

I honestly normally keep very little but this time, I did keep a few things to fill in spaces in my collection.  I so appreciate your kindness to share Nancy.  It was so kind.

The Cresco ladies were by and dropped off a big box of quilt tops.  They have been concentrating on different genres of fabric.  A while ago you might remember that they made lots of string quilts.  Then they made a lot of quilt tops with orphan blocks that they sent directly to Ray.  Today’s shipment was focused on flannel.

There were quilts in a variety of sizes.

This one wasn’t flannel.  So cute and a great pattern for a charity quilt.

I love the Around the world tops they make.

I didn’t unwrap this one…

What cute little animal prints…

Some of the smaller ones were the right size for the Tanzania quilters so I sent them on to Celesta.

I am sure they will finish them up and send them on to the women and babies in need.

There were actually quite a few that I could send on to the Tanzania ladies.

This one sure was colorful!!

So you can see, I’ve been sorting A LOT!!

I thought things would slow down over the holidays…it didn’t at all!!  I appreciate you all so much and am so fortunate to be surrounded by so many generous and kind people.  I love it!!

19 thoughts on “In My Mail…”

  1. Awesome fabrics. I really enjoy looking at all the photos. Such great folks from fabric to finished quilts. How nice. Enjoy your day!

  2. Such lovely quilt tops. It’s wonderful that so many quilters are generous with their time making these quilts. In this pretty awful pandemic, it makes me quite happy that people are donating fabrics and tops for others. I’m sure you are very happy in starting this whole process. Thank you Jo.

  3. Judith Fairchild

    That blue green and purple quilt with t while square in the center then the halves and quarters. Was the best of the batches. Three Dee when I first looked at it then again when I went back to to check it out again. I enjoy seeing what others do. It’s so much fun to see your packages.

  4. I thought Halloween also. I would bid on some of these if in the auction. I am sure people wouldn’t mind helping with the postage fund by donating some of these fabulous tops. I have something coming your way Jo.

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter

    What lovely things find their way to your house!!! That double wedding ring quilt would make a great Quilt of Valor – the right colors for sure!! Some very talented piecers send you gorgeous tops to have quilted!!!

  6. If Laura I. VS is reading the comments I would love the name of the fabric in the 1st picture you posted. I’m in love with them both! I’m on a fabric diet but those 2 fabrics would be like a little piece of cake on a diet lol. Jo th I was an eye candy post for sure. Beautiful fabrics and quilts. Thanks to you and everyone for your contributions.

  7. WOW!!! So many fabrics, quilt tops and projects waiting to be made. I thought that the orange/Fall fabrics might be good for your magazine pattern that you posted about the other day.
    Happy New Year!

  8. Wow! People are so generous. Gorgeous batiks and flannels. The quilt tops were so lovely, too. Glad you kept some fabric for yourself, Jo!

  9. For baby quilts I use a quilt as you go pattern by Alanda Craft. The quilts are easy to sew and eliminates the need for long arm quilting and you can make them scrappy.

  10. Hi Jo, I’m just wondering why you don’t sew with flannel? I love to put flannel on the backs of the quilts that I make for kids.

  11. I love when you share pictures of all that goodies that come in your mail. It always amazes me how you connect an ever growing number of quilters together to produce quilt hugs for charity. Thank you Jo for being a bright spot in so many people’s lives. Have a blessed New Year. I hope all of the good you send out into the world comes back to embrace you and your family.

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