Friday, March 21, 2014

Hands 2 Help Signup Time

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has announced that it's time to sign up for Hands 2 Help.  I've done this for the last couple years and it's a great chance to finish and send some charity quilts.  This year there are three excellent charities to choose from, and Sarah always has lots of prizes and guest bloggers along the way to make it more fun for all of us.  Be sure to go check it out if you are interested.  The signup time to get a chance to win a prize goes through tomorrow night, but you can still sign up after that.  Quilts are not due to be sent until June 1, so you've got time to finish one.  I've been making some charity quilts as the winter wore on, so I think I'm ready for this!

Country Threads UFO Challenge for March was #4, which for me was the Primitive Gatherings 2013 Freebie Block of the Month.  It's done and hanging on the wall.  I had it finished except for quilting and binding.  I'm not sure what happened, but I didn't have much fabric left for the binding, so this one got a really skinny binding.   I liked the red fabric, though, so I wanted to use it.  Maybe I was supposed to bind in the tan, because I had a fair amount of that left.  Anyway, it's done - I think this is the first time I've ever gotten one completely done before the next year's BOM started.  It usually starts in June, so I've got two months to do something else before it shows up!

This mat has been in my workbasket for a long time, so I got it out and finished it up.
This is Oval Flower Mat, also by Primitive Gatherings.  I really like it, but it's really big and I don't have a great spot for it, so I think that's why it has languished in an unfinished state.  Maybe I need to buy some new furniture so I have a place to display it!

One other UFO I have finished this month is this moose quilt.  I made this quilt top several years ago to teach a class on Quilt In A Day's Flying Geese rulers (which work really well).  The brown fabric is a Holly Taylor Northwoods print with moose, bears and trees.  I finished it up with a meander and star pattern, so this is ready to be sent off to someone.  I think this may be one of my Hands 2 Help quilts this year.

The brown fabric in this quilt is really pretty - it's cotton, but it looks like suede and has a very rich look to it.  This quilt finished at about 70"x80", so it's a nice lap size.

Winter is slowly going, but we still have snow on the ground and highs only in the 30s and 40s each day.  I'm so ready for a 60 degree day.  I guess all this winter weather leads to great productivity in the sewing room, though!  The snow has melted enough so that I can see how much damage the voles got up to this winter, so I'm going to have to trade quilting for lawn repair in a couple months.


  1. Kathy, They're all wonderful finishes! I'm sure you're feeling quite accomplished these days. I can't wait to see you this summer so we can start something new! Now that our quilt show and tax prep are finished, I can get back into the studio and play again, too!

    I'll be in touch. Thanks for sharing your projects. They're wonderful.

  2. Nice job on the BOW, Kathy, I still have to finish up my blocks am running at zero finished tops at this point but keeping up with current ones. Your quilting looks lovely.

  3. Nice job on the BOW, Kathy, I still have to finish up my blocks am running at zero finished tops at this point but keeping up with current ones. Your quilting looks lovely.

  4. You're stitching along fabulously on your projects! Love the BOW and the daisy table mat. I have both of those patterns, but have not started either... lol! Nice star quilt too!

  5. Your Primitive Gatherings quilt finish is oh so pretty! I like the setting used.

  6. Love the quilting on the BOM... a very nice looking finish... love all the reds! Cute idea of purchasing a new piece of furniture to display the lovely wool flower mat... it's so pretty!
    You have had great winter months of finishing projects!

  7. You were very productive this month! I still love your Primitive Gatherings quilt. It's just stunning and I think the red binding was a good choice. My husband is allergic to wool so I don't work with it often, but Lisa really does design such beautiful things with it. As for the weather, winter can't hold on forever!

  8. I saw your BOM on the Country Threads Pinterest page. It is beautiful. And my oh my but you have been busy this month. I love the wool mat. I might have to do that.