Midweek Update from Ray

Ray flooded me with emails and I’m sharing them in a midweek post with you.  I know many of you have grown fond of Ray and love the work that he does.  Many of the quilts Ray finishes are part of a fundraiser through his church.  The event is called Airing of the Quilts.

Ray wanted to share the event with all of you.  As even though are miles away, you can still see some pictures of the event as they put together a website for it.

Ray writes:
I forgot to tell you that we are having the Airing of the Quilts at church again this year and it should be bigger and better than last year. It is going to be held on March 19 (National Quilt Day) from 10 til 2. We have a website to promote the event. loveinablanket.com  There are pics from last year as well as pics of quilts that will be for sale this year.

A HUGE THANK YOU to you and all you blog readers that have contributed tops, fabric, and supplies. This would not have been possible without all the support.

The event sounds awesome…what a great way to support outreach ministries!!  Like Ray, I thank all of you as such an event can only happen because of the support of you…the blog readers.

Ray had other emails to share and I’ll add them here…
Ray writes:
Teresa S. in UT sent me a box of all kinds of quilting goodies that I want to share with you. She so neatly packaged and grouped everything but I opened it all up so you could see everything.

First is this beautiful Around the World quilt. The colors and fabrics really show off well. It measures 52 x 76.

Then she also included a wide selection of coordinating fabrics that tempt me to add a border. They will also look great as backing and binding.

Now for the other treasures.

Check out this wonderful group of Mary Engelbreit fabrics. Aren’t they just gorgeous! Then there is the panel that would look awesome with some of the fabrics to really dress it up.

Then there was another group of unrelated fabrics. The piece in the upper left corner was a big cut that will be great for backing several quilts. The upper right is Christmas fabrics. Those are my kind of Christmas fabrics. Downhome country. The selection across the bottom is diverse but will be great to combine with other fabrics in the stash to make some really beautiful tops or to piece a backing.

Thank you Teresa.


Cathy L. in PA sent me several tops and some fabric so she could make some room. Sounds like she suffers from too much fabric. LOL!!!

Here are the tops:

* The first quilt is this beautiful 3D pinwheel top. Love all the bright colors in this quilt. When I was at the AQS Quilt Show in Daytona Beach, I know I saw a quilt very similar to this one in the show or in a vendor display. It measures 31 x 47.

* This fish is adorable. I think it may get a border treatment to make it a bit larger. It measures 29 x 18.

* This table runner has the cutest buzzy bees. It measures 13 x 37.

* This is another fun quilt. Just look at the circus parade in the middle. Cute! It measures 44 x 57.

* The little woodland animals are awesome. Some even have nice little homes for shelter. It measures 39 x 59.

* This sweet Valentine’s quilt is a bit late for this year but it will definitely be ready for next year. I can’t imagine the hours spent drawing and cutting and adhering the hearts around the bouquet. Gorgeous! It measures 38 x 38.

* Next is a beautiful Christmas quilt. It will definitely be a hit next year. I love it! It measures 44 x 44.

Last but not least is this American flag. It measures 45 x 71.

Next is a pic with some UFOs and other treasures. Bottom left are some wreath blocks that need to be assembled for a beautiful Christmas quilt. Above that are some star blocks made of batiks to assemble in another quilt.
Then above that is a stack of tropical fat quarters that will make a wonderful Florida quilt. To the right is a bundle of jelly roll-type strips. In the upper right corner is a collection of black and white prints with a sewing theme. Below that are some fat quarters. Below that are some 10-inch squares. AND in the bottom right-hand corner is a counted cross stitch flamingo. Cathy said her Mother made it years ago and that I can frame it and put it in my sewing room. YEAH!!

Next is a panel that looks like it is astronomy-themed. An interesting border will make it a nice quilt.

I really like the bee quilt that she pieced. Now, do I add more borders or leave it as it is???

Then there is this panel. Looks like Cathy made the previous quilt out of a panel just like this one.

Another panel with bees and butterflies. 

Love this panel with the butterflies and the flowers. Definitely needs a special border treatment to make it pop even more.

The last piece of fabric is not a panel but a cut of fabric. Love the elephants on parade. Going to have to come up with another special border for this one.

Thank you Cathy.

Wow…Ray got a great haul of goodies.  Thanks to all of you who have become fans of Ray and have supported him along the way.  Much good comes from Ray’s quilting.



4 thoughts on “Midweek Update from Ray”

  1. Margaret in North Texas

    Teresa and Cathy sent you some beautiful quilts to finish. These should be fun to select borders, backings, quilting motifs and bindings for. Thanks Ray for your dedication!

  2. The extra fabrics are really nice. That first grouping will go with practically everything else! It looks like fun. Wish I lived next door to Ray and I would run over and help him a bit! He does such magical work! Look forward to seeing what he does!

  3. Judith Fairchild

    Such beautiful tops and fabrics. Hope you show us the finishes. The last to that came up that need borders are so happy is the only thing I can think of the flower one is going to be a challenge to choose the borders it just so special. The elephants on parade piece is going to be fun.

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