One of our customers here at the National Group, Dick Funk, is a huge fan of my quilting. He asked me to make 4 quilts for Christmas, one for each of his daughter-in-laws. Thank heaven he chose an easy pattern, 1600 quilts.
I purchased jelly rolls at Rossville Quilts and backing fabrics there also. I added narrow borders from my stash and bought the outer border and binding fabrics at Joanns.
One of our guild members, Squeakie, is a member of the American Legion Post #11 and they sponsors 15 residents of the Indiana Veteran's Home. They asked her if the quilt guild would be willing to make lap quilts for those residents.
The guild members, true-to-form, stepped up to the plate and produced, not 15, but 30 quilts to be distributed. The additional quilts went to roommates of the original 15 and also to several residents that have no family in the area.
Something that is so enjoyable and everyday to us really made a difference to these residents. I hope that we do something like this again.
Our Charity Committee Chairperson, Sue, notified the local TV station and they came out to do a story about these quilts. I didn't know when I left the house that I would be on the news, but I was happy to share this project.
Here's a link to the story that ran on the local news. http://youtu.be/fw00N_UZMcs
Here's some shots of the happy residents with their quilts.
Kelly made this queen size quilt for her adult son, who is pretty picky, she said. I asked her if she sewed it together like a 1600 quilt and she did not. She laid out all the strips in her foyer. Yikes, that's a lot of work, but it paid off because it's a stunning quilt.
Since there were some short strips, I thought that some of the fabrics were actually shirts and she said no, that it is all purchased fabric. She was going to have a meander, but I suggested Square Spiral and she agreed. I think it looks great on this one.
I used PermaCore Mother Goose thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.
I have been neglecting it lately, but I'm just a couple quilts away from being done with customer quilts for the year. My photos aren't on this computer, so I'm not posting any quilts tonight, but will tomorrow.
Really looking forward to this weekend! No quilting on Saturday for me. My company is taking a bus trip to Chicago for a shopping day at the Magnificent Mile. Julie is going with me, and Tony and Kendra will be meeting us for lunch. Should be a wonderful day!
Last year my daughter-in-law asked me about making them some Christmas stockings and I didn't get them made. Calise was only 3 months old for Christmas last year and it really wasn't that important to have them.
I finally got them made last week and took them to Jeff and Dane at our Thanksgiving dinner at Julie's house.
Dan and I had a discussion about who's name should be on which stocking. My thought was that Jeff should be the reindeer because, well, reindeer are most likely male, in my mind anyway. Since there isn't a Baby Jesus on one of the stockings, the next star of the season would be Santa Claus and Calise should have that one, leaving Dané as the snowman. Hmmm, I guess the snowman should have been a snow woman.
Dan's thought was that Jeff should be Santa Claus, Dané should be Santa's helper, the reindeer, and Calise should be the snowman.
As you can see, I went with Dan's suggestion.
These ended up being 20" from top to toe and 6.5" wide. If I make them again, I will probably make them a little wider.
I purchased pre-quilted fabric and machine appliqued the design. I had these cute tiny buttons for the eyes, mouth and snowman's buttons.
The lining fabrics coordinate with the front design.
Last weekend I finished quilting the last 2 girly panel quilts that Carla made.
The first one I quilted with Ribbons and Roses panto. I used Permacore Eggshell thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting on both of them.
A closer look:
The second one I quilted with Waterworld. I love the swirls on this panto!
A closer look:
Carla brought me one more quilt last night when she picked these up. I'm working very hard to get all my customers quilts done before Christmas. My original deadline for getting them finished was December 1st, but I've taken in more since I set that date and now it's looking more like December 10th. I hate to turn down quilts from my customers, but I have to remember that there are only 24 hours in each day.