Archive for the ‘Charity Quilts’ Category

For about the last year and a half, I have been helping my Daughter-in-Law with a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at her church. I get to work with the babies from newborn until they are crawling. I am thoroughly enjoying doing this.

In the Nursery where I work with the babies, there are some baby quilts that the “church ladies” have made. These quilts are pieced fairly well, but the quilts are tied and they have IMHO “icky” batting. So, with permission, I have been taking the quilts home, taking them apart, fixing them, re-quilting them and then bringing them back to the church.

Here are some photos of the process. (Click on any photo for a larger view.)


This is a cute 4-Patch with all sorts of wonderful fabrics. The fabrics feel like good quality fabrics and the batting felt like it was pretty good. The edges were finished with the “birthing” technique – right sides together, stitch around all four sides, leave an opening and push the quilt, with batting, through the opening, sew the opening closed, then tie the quilt together.

I took the stitching out of the side seams, cut out the ties and this is what I found.


The batting was completely gone in some sections. I took the batting off of the fabric and placed it on a piece of cardboard to show you what it looked like.


I believe that the batting was a bonded polyester – I have NO idea what brand it was. I also have to say that these quilts are “rode hard and put away wet!” After they are used, even for a little bit, when the babies go home the quilts go into the laundry hamper. And they are “loved” only as a quilt can be loved by a baby!

I can’t remember if the ties on the quilt were in the places where the batting is gone or it’s the other way around. Either way, the batting, at this point, is NOT good!

I began to work on the quilt top and, because of the “birthing” technique and trimming the corners, I had to replace the corner squares.  I cut my squares too small and had to put some extra piecing in them, but I got them in there!

Then I added borders to the quilt and quilted it using wavy lines using a variegated thread. Can you see my corner squares?


It was dark and rainy outside so I hung the quilt up in my studio for the photo.

So, what did I use for the batting? My favorite batting, Soft & Bright from Warm Company. I LOVE this batting! Soft & Bright is “built” the same way that Warm & Natural is built – with a scrim between the layers of the fibers, either cotton of polyester. I have used Soft & Bright in my own quilts and in my Grand Kids quilts for YEARS and the batting still looks great – even after being VERY well loved!

I also put new backing fabric on the quilt and bound it.



Here you can see a close up of the quilting and the backing fabric.

My mission now is to do this with all the quilts in the church nursery and maybe the other child care rooms.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress and let you know how the Soft & Bright is holding up!


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I am proud to work with American Hero Quilts, a charity which presents quilts to wounded soldiers. American Hero Quilts (AHQ) works primarily with wounded soldiers at Madigan Army Hospital at Joint Base Lewis McChord, south of Seattle, WA. AHQ also sends quilts to Afghanistan to help keep wounded soldiers warm as they are transported out of the country for more medical treatment and recovery.

AHQ is now working with the Warriors in Transition program and they need 1,500 more quilts! 

AHQ has many quilt tops ready for quilting, but they need machine quilters! If you have a quilting machine, or can quilt on your home sewing machine, please contact American Hero Quilts at helpinghands@americanheroquilts.com for information on how you help.

I have quilted several quilts for AHQ and plan on picking up a few more to work on.

If you can’t quilt, you can make a monetary donation.

The American Hero Quilt website it http://www.americanheroquilts.com

On a personal note – I was married to a Vietnam Vet for 32 years and my Son-in-Law is a career soldier with over 20 years of service. I know how much AHQ’s would mean to them.


Below are some photos of a quilt that I made, from start to finish, that I will be donating to AHQ.

I pieced this quilt top over Labor Day last year and quilted it a few weeks ago. It is a Disappearing 9 Patch pattern made from patriotic prints. When I put the 9 Patches together, the fabrics “moushed” together, so I added 1 inch (finished size) sashing and corner stones. Then, I found out that the quilt was just a little bit small, so I added the stars in the corners.

Click on any photo for a larger view.

For the quilting, I did free hand Ribbon Stipple in the body of the quilt and I used the Longarm U, Curve & Point template for the border. You can see the quilting in the border in the photo below.


Here is a photo of the quilting in the star block .


One last photo of the back of the quilt. I love the texture the quilting gives!


This was a fun project and I know my quilt will be going to a great cause. And will be loved and used by a wounded soldier!

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I know things are getting hectic and Christmas is coming up FAST, but I thought I would take a few minutes and post a few photos of my recent charity quilts and things.

I’m a little late for Thanksgiving, but, I do want to say that in the last few years I have recognized and acknowledged that I am truly blessed. My life isn’t perfect but it is good and getting better. So in the spirit of “giving back” I have made a few quilts – and other things – that I have recently donated to charity. I know that the charities will use these quilts as they see fit, but I do hope that, if possible, they use the quilts to raise funds for their cause.

The two quilts I am showing I donated to the MultiCare Financial Aid department. When I had my hip replacement surgeries last year, the Financial Aid Department worked with me so that I could receive the (literally life changing) surgeries I needed.

The first quilt I pieced using a variation of the Disappearing 4 Patch design. (Click on any photo for a larger view)


The fabrics were a pansy print, yellow marble and light lavender marbled fabrics. In the photo, the light lavender looks blue.

I used the pantograph, Woodcut Camelia, by Kim Darwin. Here is a close up of the fabrics and the quilting on the front.


I used Pastels varigated thread from Signature and Soft & Bright batting. Here is the quilting from the back of the quilt.


I LOVE the texture of this pattern on this quilt!

The other quilt I donated is a kids quilt made from 9 Patches. This quilt has been done for a while – I was working with some new template patterns – and it was just sitting around here. I looked at it one day and thought that it would make some child – probably a boy – very happy.  So it was donated also.


I used several of my circle templates to quilt it and again used Soft & Bright batting. Here is a close up of the front of the quilt.


I hope you can see the texture of the quilting.  Here is the back of the quilt.


In addition to being a quilter, I am also a knitter. I was looking on a knitting blog and saw a plea for knitted (or crocheted) scarfs for the Red Scarf Project. This project donates scarfs and other items to Foster Kids who are now in college or in higher education. As a Grandmother of five children, hopefully soon six children, who were adopted from Foster Care, how could I NOT help out.

So I raided my stash of yarn (yes, I have a yarn stash, although the fabric stash is MUCH larger!) and found some red, and shades of red, yarn and began knitting.


Here are four scarfs I knit during November. They are simple patterns but they worked well in the scarfs. The yarn in the red and white striped scarf was dyed that way and the stripes were somewhat random sized. All the scarfs are acrylic yarn and will wear VERY well.

If I have some time later on, I’ll post the knitting directions for the bias striped scarfs. They are fun to make, and if you use a varigated or striped yard, it is fun to see the pattern develop.

Now, on to Christmas quilts and other Christmas projects!

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A few days ago I finally finished a quilt that I am donating to a cat charity called MEOW Cat Rescue here in the Seattle area.

To read my earlier blog post about this quilt Click Here

I quilted the quilt using a pattern called Around Corners. I like the effect of the circles and the loops – to me, it looks like balls of yarn that my cats have been playing with!

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I used Soft & Bright batting and a varigated gray thread. Then there was the issue of the binding!

I looked in my considerable stash, but couldn’t find a fabric that was “right” for the binding. I was in Southern California teaching quilting classes and my host took me to a quilt shop. There I found the absolutely RIGHT fabric for the binding which is below.


This fabric is perfect – or should I say purr-fect! So when I got home from California, I put the binding on the quilt.


The quilt is hanging sideways, it’s too long to fit on my backyard clothes line. You can barely see the binding in the photo, but it is just purrfect for the quilt!


Here is the back of the quilt. I love the texture and movement of the pattern!

I know that the MEOW Cat Rescue people will put this quilt to good use – hopefully as a fund raiser for the great work they do.

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