Monday, December 8, 2014

Quilt for Berry

The news the NFL has been waiting for but did not want to hear came down today.   Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs has Hodgkins Lymphoma.   He was placed on the Non-Football Injury shortly before Thanksgiving for further evaluation of a mass in his chest.  

The doctors are hopeful.   But cancer treatment is never fun.  

We all know I LOVE football.   A good time for me is quilting while watching an NFL game.   We also know I HATE cancer.    Cancer is an evil that must be destroyed.   There are many researchers working towards this end.    Let's give them a hand.  

On the right you can make a donation directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.   Any donation of $10 qualifies you for a memorial block for a quilt.    Let's get enough donations to make at least 1 quilt.   That quilt will then be auctioned off on EBay to raise even more money for cancer research.  

I am thinking something in Chiefs' colors:   Red and White.   Or maybe a football quilt.   Yes they have football field quilts and I have never made one.   Hey, if there are enough donations, I can do 2 quilts (hint, hint).  

Let's do this for Eric Berry and everyone facing off at the line of scrimmage against this horrible disease.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Still Here

I'm still here.   Still quilting.   Still donating.   Although I have another blog about selling quilts, I still have this site for people who want to donate directly.

Take a moment this month and make a donation to Intrepid Fallen Heroes.   They are helping our troops recovering from battlefield injuries.   Check out their page on Intrepid Spirit Centers.   These centers provide treatment near the soldier's home base so the family does not have to be uprooted or travel long distances.   It takes about $11 million dollars to build each center.   Obviously, every little bit helps.  

Donate $10 get a block.   Donate $200 and get a whole quilt made in your honor.   Blocks and quilts made during the month of November go to veteran's organizations.   They want full size quilts, so need to make a lot of blocks.

Help spread the word, share this post.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Same Fabric -- Different Quilt

Playing a little hooky from work to post this.

One of the things I love about quilting is working with all the beautiful fabrics.   There are so many choices out there.   And the choice of fabric can make or break a quilt.   When I first started quilting, I kept all my fabric tumbled in a box.   Hard to see what I had, but sometimes a fabric would wind up next to another one and I discovered a fabric combination I would never have thought on my own.   Who puts peach and light grey together without planning?   But you put them next to each other and you see the gorgeous possibilities.  

Pattern matters too.    You can take a fabric and put it in one pattern and it looks good.   You take the same fabric and put it in another pattern and it looks completely different -- good but different.

I did that recently.    You previously saw this quilt, using the Robert Kaufman Stargazer fabrics.   It's a court house steps with the planets in the middle.

I loved the fabrics so much, that I wanted another quilt.   So I made a speed (or race) quilt out of them.   Same fabrics, except I added the dark blue that I did not use in the previous quilt and left out the planets.    It came out like this:

Holy mackeral.    Same fabrics.   2 dramatically different but compelling quilts.  

Now I wonder what else I can do with those fabrics.

Remember, all quilts are for sale, even if not finished yet.   If the top is done, you can select your backing and batting (muslin and polyester batting included in price).    As always 25% of the price goes to charity.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Take a Stand With A Quilt

It's been tough being an NFL fan lately.   All the bad news about players abusing women and kids.   How can I continue to love the game on Sunday, yet go into court on Monday and represent a victim of DV?   Partly by remembering, that it is only a percentage of players doing this and not even a majority of them.   Partly by quilting.   Quilting can heal.   The AIDS quilt is probably the best known modern example of using the act of quilting to heal and remember.   But quilting itself is quite therapeutic, plus who doesn't love snuggling under a nice warm quilt when sick or just feeling blue?

So I made a quilt.   It's purple because that's the color for domestic violence awareness.   I put butterflies and stars in it for hope.   DV victims can get help.   They can be protected.

It's being auctioned off on EBay with 100% of the sale price goes to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.   Please visit, bid, spread the word, ask questions, help.  

Thank you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Why I Keep On Quilting

Today I got a very nice note from Binky Patrol for my latest delivery of 2 quilts.   Knowing I helped kids in need is great.   The nice note was the perfect pick me up on a Monday.

Here's the front of the note:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Still Quilting

This week I shipped 2 quilts off to Binky Patrol.   They provide blankets to kids suffer from chronic or terminal illneses.   Sorry forgot to take pictures.

Tomorrow I will ship this quilt off to God's Tiny Angels.

It was supposed to go to Army Baby Quilts but turned out too small.   Not to worry, I have more really cool fabric for that organization.   Army Baby quilts makes quilts to give to expectant mothers whose spouse is serving overseas when the baby is due.   Man, giving birth is tough enough but to be away from your spouse at that time is tough.   Hopefully these quilts make a difference.

God's Tiny Angels provides baby clothes, blankets and other supplies to families of premature babies.   The family has something new and beautiful that is just for them and their baby.

Why this group?    I come across several such organizations and I just couldn't get out of my mind.   Imagine all the stress of having a preemie, and worrying how you are going to clothe and keep the little one warm?   At least this is one worry I can help with.  The fine doctors will handle the medical issues I am sure.

Don't forget to donate to a charity and get your block.   I would love to make tons of quilts.   Sadly, the three I am shipping off were not made through donations.   Let's change that.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Update on Clinic

In my last post I said we lost our funding for one of our pro bono clinic locations.   Good news -- we got the funding back.   It took a county employee going to bat with the council for us, but it worked.    One month off then back at it in August.   I look at as a summer vacation from clinic.  

You have no idea how happy I am.   I have been attending this clinic for 4 years straight.    Only missed for illness or because the clinic day fell on a holiday.    I was seriously wondering what I would do on the 1st and 2nd Thursday of every month if I didn't go to clinic.   I would have been lost.   Yeah, I could have always quilted, but clinic helped people so much.   Glad this much needed service is back.