WOW. I have been overwhelmed with an incoming delivery. A week or two ago I got an email from a blog reader, Jan. She wrote:
My friend and I have cleaned our sewing rooms. And we have lots of tops and fabric. You name it, we have it.
We are planning to be in Iowa this week, Thursday and Friday. Would it work for you if we drop it off. We can leave it on your porch. There is too much to ship.”
I said sure. I’m always up for a porch drop. Sadly they came on the Thursday I had all of the doctor appointments so I didn’t get to meet them. I came home to a porch drop. Oh my. Look at ALL of this…
There are a couple of totes behind this too. Oh my!
I decided to go through the boxes right away as the next day I had some people from a local quilt group coming my way. I figured if I had it sorted, maybe they could take some of this with them to use in their charity quilting.
The first box I opened was all batiks.
Just look at all of them.
The front of the table was mostly smaller pieces, a layer cake here or there, small oddly cut pieces, or extra wide strips. I ended up throwing that into a box and I’ll sort through that more later. Charity groups are typically hoping to sew quilts quickly and working with miscellaneous pieces can slow them down…and I’ve learned, many people don’t like sewing with scraps. I know I sure do!
This was all yardage or fat quarters.
Here is what was in the next box. There were some fun bird prints on the left. I pulled them out for the Cresco ladies. Sandra will love them I’m sure. There were some kits. Some of these will be on an upcoming postage auction. You’ll see more of them then.
This tote was all pieces and a pattern for a double wedding ring quilt. Is anyone interested in it? I’ve made three double wedding ring quilts to date and have one planned in the future and although I love them, I don’t want to sew any more of them.
Here are some of the already cut pieces.
This tote was everything to make… chenille baby quilts.
This was the contents of the next box…
There were sheets and flannel. I saved all of that out for my friend who makes the baby care kits.
There were other goodies too…
This whole bag was filled with patterns. Many were a block of the month series. I can’t decide if I should pass them on or offer them on an auction. Are these anything one of you might be interested in?
This was the next box…
This sloth panel was super cute. I put that in the basket for the Cresco ladies. There were other fun prints too.
This was mostly project leftovers…
I passed the red, white, and blue fabric to Ray. He’s been trying to make a few Quilts of Valor. He appreciated the goodies. There was a big bag of black and white scraps.
This was a big pretty quilt top. Note that one block was twisted. Check the middle right if you didn’t catch it. I have done this so many times. I passed this one to Ronda. She didn’t have a problem with taking the block out, rotating it, and finishing the quilt.
These will likely make their way into baby quilts…
There was a bunch of smaller pieces that appeared to be leftovers. They are always welcome as they make great starts to quilts…especially baby quilts.
This one was simple but fun…I found a few more of these blocks when sorting and put them all together. Whoever finishes this might want to make it bigger.
Next up are some quilt tops and two bigger cuts of fabric.
Here are the quilt tops…This one looks like it might be one of those 3-yard quilts.
I am betting this one was a block of the month…
I love the soft colors of this one…
Another block of the month??
The next on is very kid friendly. The Decorah ladies took this one.
I loved this one. How pretty. I think this is an Atkinson Design pattern. In the mix, I found a couple of extra strips. I put them with the quilt and passed this one to a finisher. She can decide if she wants to add the extra rows or not.
Lots of scraps and goodies here…
I ended up taking the batik bag on the right. The colors fit in with the bonus triangles I am trying to use up. These should be perfect to mix with what I have…use it up, right??
Here was another big box of goods. The bolt of fabric is a corduroy but it is super soft and lightweight. The Decorah ladies plan to use it to backing for Lutheran World Relief quilts. I think it will be perfect for that.
There was a bunch of silky fabrics…I can’t think of an outlet for these. Does anyone have an idea on how we could put these to use?
More flannel. That’s always appreciated.
Here was a bunch of smaller cuts of fabric. I pulled the green/black one as Sandra from the Cresco ladies asked me to pull anything leafy or grassy in green. She had a panel that needed a complimentary fabric so she could finish it.
Here were more goodies…
This is the top that was in the kit.
There was a lot of camping fabric. I tried to collect it and put it together. I found more after this picture was taken.
Check out the bright Unicorn fabric!!
There were smaller scraps and goodies. Check out the bacon print on the lower left. Who doesn’t love BACON!!
As I pulled things out and snapped pictures, I would have sworn that the fabrics were multiplying as I pulled things out. There were so many great prints.
I pulled out the dinosaur fabric thinking in case I would need to make Carver or the kids more masks, this would be great.
These were all bigger cuts of fabric. I immediately packaged up a few of these as I got a note from community quilt finisher Ronda. She is #2 HERE on the finisher list. Ronda is low on backing options for finishing quilts. Does anyone have any backing fabric they can part with and pass on to Ronda? I sent her a few pieces but Ronda finishes so many quilts, she needs more.
There were more goodies. Some patterns, some kits.
More scrappy goodies…I was wondering if the florals were being collected to make the dress form pattern in the photo above.
It is always fun to go through donations and sort. Sometimes what goes together is obvious. Sometimes, I have not a clue.
The fabrics in the bag were all lightweight almost suede fabric. I didn’t know if a quilt could be made from them or not. It could easily work in a sewing machine but to make a quilt…maybe not.
That was all of it. Oh my. Can you believe it? I was sure amazed.
I am so sorry I missed the gals when they dropped the goodies off. I looked and Jan had left her phone number in the original note she sent. It was from an area code from Eastern Wisconsin. Hmm. People say that when coming they experience “Iowa nice”. I guess there is plenty of nice in our neighboring state Wisconsin too! Thanks, gals!!