Friday, May 10, 2019

24 H2H Quilts

Sarah, over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, is running her annual Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge. I decided to take on the challenge again and tackle the huge pile of tops in the "waiting to be quilted" pile. Some of the tops were made by me and some were made by the lovely ladies in my Wednesday quilt group. In January I counted 67 tops! Yikes! 

As much as I would like to support Sarah's chosen charities, last year I spent $140 mailing quilts for H2H. This year I am gifting them to local charities. So far I have 24 quilts quilted, bound and ready to donate.

These 3 quilts went to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Stamford, CT

This quilt is going to Camp Hole in the Wall.

These 3 will go to Circle of Care.

These 4 will go to Ann's Place.

These 3 will go to the Newington (CT) Veteran's Hospital

These 4 QOV's will be presented at Christie's Quilting Boutique on May 18th.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Quilt projects going to Covered in Love

Covered in Love is a lovely charity organized by Kat at Kat and Cat Quilts.  It is a 501(c)(3) quilting charity that provides comfort quilts to patients who pass away in the hospital. Covered in Love keeps a stash of quilts for our hospital so that when a person is dying as an inpatient their nurse or the hospital chaplains can deliver them a quilt.  Placing a quilt on the hospital bed warms up the room and is taken home by the family as a memento and transitional object.

Our little group of quilting friends are sending 4 projects to them. Some blocks sets and 2 tops. We've included backings and some binding.

These 48 blocks were made by Debbie.

This was made by me.

I believe this was made by CarolAnne.

These 48 blocks were made by me.

These will be linked to Hands 2 Help!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Finishalong Q2

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I am away from any computers or iPads so I am attempting to post my UFOs with my phone. It is proving to be quite challenging. 

The numbering proved challenging but I was able to post 14 UFOs I’d like to finish. 

1: QOV - Finished and presented to QOV recipient.

2: Blue Offset Logcabin

3: Flannel Red Checkerboard  42x52

4: Blue Alternating Nine Patch

 5: 1930 Repro Square in Square

6:  Random Charms   56x72

7Pink and Green Tumbler 48x66

8Pink Railfence 60x60

9Batik Alternating Jelly Roll 2  56x62

10Pink Alternating Jelly Roll 2  51x58

11Neutral  88x104

12Rainbow Pinwheels

13Disappearing Nine Patch

14Bright Juvenile Strings   40x58

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Black PreCut Charm Challenge Checkerboard - UFO finish #24

This quilt was started in January when Heartstrings/Stashbusters announced a precut challenge for the year and the shape chosen for January was nickels. Cool, I had tons of them. I chose to work with the brights on black stack.

I just love these fabrics. So cheerful even though they are on black.

I found the perfect back in my stash. Black with bright planets. It's a fleece. I had read that people often don't use a batting when using a fleece backing. So I quilted it without a batting. It's OK but feels extremely thin and I won't do it like this again.

This one is 44x58.

2019 #24 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  43 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #19

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Purple PreCut Charm Challenge - UFO Finish #23

This quilt came about in an attempt to use up some of the 9000 five inch charms as well as participate in the PreCut charm challenge going on at Heartstring/Stashbuster Facebook pages.

Having hosted a nickel swap for several years in the early 2000s resulted in my having over 10,000 charms. I have been slowly working on reducing those stacks so this challenge was perfect for me. I pulled out the purple charms, and put together this quilt.

This quilt used around 160 charms and only reduced the size of the purple charms pile by about 25%.  😲  I guess the are more purple charm quilts in the future.

The top was completed in January and then quilted now. It has a pieced back of solid purple and a cute polka dot. I used the polka dot for the binding.

2019 #23 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  44 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #18

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Quilt of Valor

I like to say that I’ve been busy doing nothing. You know, life! Family comes first and fills up the days sometimes. I have been trying to keep up with quilting but I’ve been alternating my many quilt tops with QOV tops from Christie’s. She is trying to get 20 quilts finished by early May. A big project.

This week I quilted a lovely panel. I forgot to take a picture till I was out the door so I just threw the quilt on my car. Haha

I also made six 12” blocks for th QOV sampler tops they make.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Flannel Log Cabin - UFO finish #22

Today's UFO finish started with blocks of unknown origin. I believe they showed up in a bin of our collection of charity fabrics. Nobody knew where they came from. These are all flannels.

Somebody put the top together at least five years ago and then it waited.

The back and binding are also flannel. I did not have an easy time making the normal 
2 1/2" binding fit. I will do a smaller seam allowance when attaching the binding if I do another all flannel quilt.  

This is 56 x 68.
2019 #22 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  45 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #17

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Weekend in VA

As any grandparent knows, there is nothing better than seeing the grandkids. We have four and two of them live in Virginia, outside of DC. This past weekend we made the 5 1/2 hour trip to see them. It was such great fun.

First we had a delicious lunch out at Manhattan Pizza.

Next we opened some belated gifts and then Connelly boys put together a Matchbox race set. It was tons of fun.

Of course, there was some very competitive games of Chutes and Ladders, Guess Who and UNO.

The kids thoroughly enjoyed the hotel pool and hot tub. Paige has become quite a fish, with beautiful swimming strokes.  Landon is just getting the beginning steps of swimming. But they both would have spent the entire day in the pool.

However, there was still open skating for the whole family. Even Nicole is getting into skating. It really is a wonderful family activity.

Absolutely no quilting got accomplished all weekend. Time to catch up.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Snow! and Doggie Strippie #2 - UFO finish #21

We woke up to the first real snow of the Winter. We got about 6 inches in early November but nothing since. Such an unusual winter for us, especially considering the Midwest has been assaulted with snow. Last night we got about 8" of beautiful fluffy snow.

Joe caught this beautiful picture early this morning. We just love bird watching and this cardinal is exceptionally stunning in the snow backdrop.

Today I got Doggie Strippie #2 finished. Elaine pieced this one.

It is the same as the first one except for a different backing.

Backing and Binding from stash. Poly batting. Large meander and serpentine binding. 41x54

2019 #21 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  46 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #16

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