Our daughter Kelli and I have been doing a great debate about starting a group who sews and donates quilts to people with a need or circumstance, or for fundraising needs. We both feel so blessed that we have been given a talent and want to use that talent to help people. After talking about it for a bit, we decided that we are going to do it! We don’t know if we’ll have more people join us and for the first while.. it might only be us, but we’re going for it!! The quilts won’t be super fancy designs but something that is nice and will bring comfort to someone in need be that financially, physically or emotionally.
Kelli sewed and I quilted our first quilt…..It needs a binding yet…
This one happens to be going to her farmer boy’s cousin. He’s a teen and had to have back surgery. He’ll be laid up all summer. He’s a HUGE Iowa Hawkeye fan so Kelli found some Hawkeye fabric in her stash and quickly sewed it up.
The pattern is our Disappearing Nine Patch quilt that sashes itself. It’s one of our favorite patterns for when we need a quick project. People tell us all the time that this isn’t a Disappearing Nine Patch, but it is. You can read all the directions and see the tutorial on how to make it here.
I used the Pajama Quilter’s “Dwirling” pattern for the quilting…I loved it.
Kelli was concerned about how we are going to afford all the fabric to make these quilts and I told her it’s one of those things….if we are truly suppose to do this, fabric will just find a way to us. We talked more and are hoping to expand so we’ll teach some classes to people too. If we teach classes, maybe some of the participants will help us make charity quilts…maybe some won’t. Either way we’re helping people by teaching them to sew….
We don’t have a huge goal….between the two of us, we just want to complete one quilt each month that is donated. We already do some now so this isn’t a huge stretch or even an inconvenience for us.
Then Kelli, who gets big ideas about everything, suggested we set up a charity sewing retreat weekend here and just invite any of you to come sew with us..she suggested September or October because it will be cooler here and because our farmer boys will be in the field. We’d have to look into the places for people to stay and food and such….We thought we could sew in our garage and rent a house in town for people to stay. Then she suggested booking a retreat place in the area….Then I told her SLOW DOWN!!! Then I told her I would ask all of you….SO…would anyone want to come and sew with us..maybe one of the sewing days could be for charity and two for us? Just leave a comment here or drop me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you’re interested…oh what that daughter of mine…she gets me into some crazy things.
The giveaway winner of the “F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet” written by Helen L. Wilbur donated by Sleeping Bear Press is
Jennifer who said “J is for Jigsaw”. You can sign up for the current giveaway of the book “Heart Felt Holidays” here.