Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has a program each year called Hands2Help where she enlists the help of quilters to make and donate quilts to various charities. It's a great program and lots of fun to participate - I think I've participated every year, and the program grows each year with many quilts going to deserving charities.
This year, I had lots of help, so have several quilts to send. I also got an A1 Elite Longarm last year, so have spent the past year learning and practicing. Some domestic machine skills transfer over pretty well, and others not so much! But it's been a lot of fun, and my donation quilt closet is overflowing.
I also had some help with fabric. My friend Donna at Brynwood Needleworks offered me a big bag of fabric from her friend Shelly. Of course, I couldn't say no to that. I added some of my fabrics to them, and Donna supplied the backings, so between the three of us, we have two quilts to donate.
There is still a huge amount of fabric left in that bag Shelly gave me, and I've already pieced two more tops from it, so there will be future donation quilts from the Shelly/Donna duo. Donna quilts and blogs, and also makes fabulous purses and wallets from cork fabric. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop here if you're in the market for a new purse!
My mom has been piecing up a storm, and now that I've got a longarm, I can finish them for her. She sent several tops which I finished, as well as a completed quilt.
So the final tally for H2H is seven this year! I'm hoping to have even more next year, now that I'm warmed up on the longarm. These quilts are all much prettier in person - the pictures never do them justice, and I'm more skilled at quilting than photography. 😉 All seven quilts are boxed up and will be sent to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids tomorrow. Thank you to the sponsors who donate such wonderful prizes for this program, and to Sarah for all her work in setting this up and running it. I'm going up to the sewing room now to get started on next year's quilts!
Sunday, May 21, 2017
The first quilt is Fancy Fox. These foxes are bigger than you think - each one finishes at 19 1/2 x 23 1/2. That's a pretty big block! I machine quilted it with a woodgrain design. I hope some little boy will like these plaid foxes! The wind was blowing when I took the picture. The lower right fox looks like his left eye is too small. Trust me - it's the same size as the other one. The baseball backdrop I hang these on to take pictures is bent, so it bends the quilt at the bottom if the wind is blowing. I love the glasses on the foxes - gives them a very studious look, don't you think?
The second quilt is also going to Camp Hobe. This quilt was a mystery quilt I made at the Pieceful Gatherings retreat this March. They have a neat way of using Snippets (pieces of fabric that are smaller than a fat quarter - I can't remember the exact size), which are then shuffled and cut. The process is pretty fun, and this quilt is the result. It's mostly primary colors and music prints, so I hope this goes to a child who appreciates music! I quilted this on my friend's longarm, and am very happy with the way it turned out. It should help to brighten someone's day.
Posted by Kathy at 4:04 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Well, this is embarrassing! Apparently I haven't blogged at all since last year's Hands 2 Help Reveal. I've been here, and I've been quilting, but I guess I just haven't told all of you about it! I'll try to do better in 2016.
Anyway, on to the Hands 2 Help reveal! It was a long winter, and I enjoyed a lot of time in my sewing room and had more time to devote to charity quilting. One of the advantages of living in Wisconsin, I guess.
Last year, in the drawing for the prizes after our reveal, I was lucky to be the winner of a jelly roll of fabric from a line called What's Bugging You. It was a line of very cute bright bug fabrics, along with black and white bug fabrics. I separated them out, added some other fabrics and made two quilts from this jelly roll.
This is the quilt from the bright fabrics in the line. I added some white squares and the blue print, and ended up with a bright and cheerful quilt. I don't have a pattern name for this quilt; I saw it on Pinterest and made up my own measurements. It's quilted with a flowery-type design.
This is the bug print in the black and white strips. Aren't the bugs cute? I made 9-patches of the black and white prints, and set them with this orange dot fabric.
This is the final quilt. No pattern for this one, either; it's just 9-patches with alternate squares and setting triangles. I had to get a little creative with this one to get it big enough! I machine quilted it with meanders and loops. Both these quilts ended up about 48" x 56", a good lap size, and went to Happy Chemo.
I'm a big fan of Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville, and have used her ideas for lots of leader and ender blocks. I had a large stack of nine-patches made from 2" squares, and decided to use Bonnie's Tumalo Trail pattern (from one of her books) to make a couple more Hands 2 Help quilts.
This is first one - a fun scrap quilt with lots of reds. This might make a good Christmas quilt for someone. It is meander quilted.
This is the second one - less red and more blues and greens. This one I "custom quilted" with a feather-type design in the half-square triangles and other motifs that fit the squares and borders. These quilts were about 56" x 72", so also good lap size. Both of these quilts went to Covered In Love and will hopefully bring some comfort to the recipients.
So, the final tally is four quilts for Hands 2 Help this year! All four quilts were mailed out a couple weeks ago and have arrived safely at their destinations. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's quilts again this year. Thanks to Sarah for putting this project together for us!
Posted by Kathy at 8:42 PM
Monday, June 1, 2015
It's time to blog about the quilts we sent for Hands 2 Help! There were two quilts that I quilted last winter that were sent to Happy Chemo. The first quilt is this Northern Star quilt. I made the top to teach a class several years ago, and finally got around to quilting and finishing it over the winter. This was a Quilt In A Day pattern and used the Eleanor Burns Flying Geese ruler. They work really well!
The second quilt I sent was Mix and Match, a quilt I made last year in a Labor Day Quilt-Along presented by Denise Russert. This was a fun, easy pattern and one that I will probably make again with I Spy fabrics for my next kid's charity quilt. This quilt ended up 55" x 67" so it's the perfect size for a lap quilt. It's much prettier than this picture shows - the fabrics are mostly from Me and My Sister. I always love their bright and cheerful prints.
This one is quilted with freestyle flowers and dragonflies. A lot of the fabric on the front is flowers, so that seemed to fit.
These were fun to make! I mailed them to Emily at Happy Chemo on Friday, so they are supposed to get there by June 6. It's kind of nerve-wracking to put quilts in the mail - I always feel a lot better once they get there. Thanks, Sarah, for organizing this again this year!
Posted by Kathy at 10:22 AM
Monday, May 25, 2015
The Grand Old Flag Gathering at Country Sampler is fast approaching, and my rule for myself is that I need to finish last year's projects before I go again this year. As of this weekend, all projects are done! One of the projects from Chessie and Me last year was the needlebox shown above, with the sewing roll, sewing book, and scissor fob. At the Gathering last year, I was able to complete the sewing roll and scissor fob, and got the outside of the box covered. I wanted to pad the inside of the lid of the box so it could be a pincushion, so I brought it home unfinished so that I could do that. It took me almost a year to get around to it, but it's done now! I put several layers of batting under the velvet, and then also added some twill tape I had left over from the kits we received. The little needle book was extremely time-consuming, with lots of stitching over one thread on the girl, cat and flag. It's really cute, though!
Here's the box and contents sitting on the three quilting projects. I can't even remember the names now, but they are all Civil-war related and all are complete! I'm really looking forward to the retreat again this year. I believe there are still spaces; if you are interested, look on Coming Events on Country Sampler's website. It's a really fun retreat, and they provide all the food, so all you really have to do is stitch, shop and stop to eat every few hours! Hard to beat that.
I hope to be back next week with my Hands 2 Help quilts!
Posted by Kathy at 8:19 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The old dog, new tricks part of this is that I watched the Patrick Lose video on Youtube regarding bindings, and I learned a great new trick from him. I used his technique and I have four square, unlumpy corners on this wall hanging. I'm really pleased with them, which isn't usually the case with my corners! That's one of the things the judges commented about the last time I was in a show, so it's time I improved my technique. If you aren't happy with your corners, here's the link to the video. Very helpful - thanks, Patrick Lose! If he's ever anywhere I can take a class with him, I'm going to.
link. The free patterns are released the 15th of each month. They requested donations to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital, which I was happy to do. They've already exceeded $20,000 in donations, so everybody wins. I think this is going to be a really cute quilt.
I've gotten into the Modern Quilt movement a little bit, too. This is Fancy Foxes, a pattern which has been all over Pinterest and Instagram lately. The designer has some other cute ideas, too, so I think more of her patterns are in my future. The hedgehogs are calling my name! These foxes were so much fun to make, I'm sure I'll use this pattern again. Very easy piecing, and fun to pick out the fabrics for each one. I had five foxes left over, so I put them with some solid gray and made a second one.
This one looks even more modern to me, but I really like it. I was trying to teach myself to free-motion the woodgrain quilting. The solid quilt was the first one I did, and I decided the lines needed to be closer together, so I did that with the second one and was happier with it. Anyway, I have two new baby quilts to give away. I think the next one I make will have a couple more rows to be more of a lap size.
Now you're caught up on all the happenings at Troublesome Creek Quilts! We're on vacation this week, so some quilting and blogging is actually happening, along with some painting and decorating. We're having a lovely spring day today (finally), so I'm headed out to the yard to get some of the fall cleanup (that didn't occur) done!
Posted by Kathy at 1:12 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2015
If you're interested in making a charity quilt for some great causes, it's time to sign up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Sarah does a great job of putting this together and getting some charities set up for us. It's a fun way to help other people. There are prizes and lots of tutorials on the way, too, so be sure to sign up! I've done this the last few years and it's always a lot of fun, and hopefully the recipients have enjoyed their quilts. I need to look in the charity closet and see if any of the quilts I've made in the last few months meet the needs of the charities this year. If not, I'd better get going! The quilts don't have to be sent until the end of May, so I've got time.
Last weekend I got to attend a retreat in the north end of the Chicago area. It was held at the Techny Towers Retreat Center, which is a religious retreat center. The retreat center was a very neat, well-preserved old building. It was really cold there last weekend, so I didn't get to explore the grounds as much as I would have liked, but maybe I can go back sometime and do that.
This was the door to the rooms we stayed in. As you can see, the door is at least ten feet tall. I've never stayed in a place with such a huge, heavy oak door before! It was a really neat place to stay. The retreat project was a log cabin/courthouse steps quilt with some wool applique. I don't have it done yet, so no picture of it, but hopefully that will be coming soon. It was a fun retreat and a nice getaway. My plan was that, after this retreat, it would be spring, and that seemed to work pretty well, as we have had 50-degree weather all week and the snow all melted.
I did finish a couple quilts in February that I haven't shown yet. I made a modern quilt for my older son for his birthday.
The other quilt I finished in February was Urban Cabin by Atkinson Designs.
So that is the report from here. I'm hoping to have my retreat quilt together and ready to show next week.
Posted by Kathy at 9:20 PM