Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Grab a Button

There's finally a button for the Quilting for Kids group.

If you're in it, if you've contributed, if you want to contribute, if you just want the button, grab it! :)

Grab a Button!

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New project coming your way soon!

Quilting for Kids Garden Fence Complete!

Here she is in all her beauty.

 This quilt was a cooperative effort.  Many people from flickr land joined the group Quilting for Kids and signed up to make a block or two (or 3 or 4).  They mailed them in to me and I made this quilt for one of the girls my mother works with in the foster care system.  (You can read the whole story here.)

We used the tutorial at Hyacinth Quilt Designs to make the blocks.  I then edited out the white sashing because I just loved the different shades of pink and purple mixing together.

The back was pieced using a few extra squares I had and a star that I used from her sister's quilt.

I wanted to have a little piece of each others' quilts on both of them.  So there are stars and squares on both.

Here is the roundup of those who contributed to this quilt (in no particular order).  Would you stop by their blog and tell them they are awesome?

Jennifer - http://knotted-thread.blogspot.com/
Debbe  – http://piecestolove.blogspot.com/
Annaliese - Flickr  pewteracorn
Toni - http://hoosiertoni.blogspot.com/  
Christine - http://punkinhandmades.blogspot.com/  
Toni  – Flickr  Smalltown97038  
Wendy  – Flickr wendydi1 
Karen  – FLickr capitolaquilter  
Lyanna - http://www.purplepandaquilts.blogspot.com/    
Jennifer  – Flickr jenjohnston    
Dawn  – Flickr quiltyquilter   
Rachael  – http://cutsewandrepeat.blogspot.com/  
Shanna - http://fiberofallsorts.blogspot.com/ 
Erin - www.missymaccreations.blogspot.com 
Melissa -  http://www.achildofthewildblueyonder.blogspot.com/ 
Allegory - http://www.sewallegorical.com/ 
Keera -  http://www.Live-love-sew.blogspot.com 
Annabella - http://kechquilts.blogspot.com 
Amy -  http://www.craftydame.blogspot.com/ 
Katrina - http://kcalgary.blogspot.com 
Lu -  http://www.forthelovequilts.blogspot.com/ 
Laurie - Flickr  L Hellewell  
Jodi - Flickr JKAE1989   
Jenna - http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/   
Liz - http://lizmakesstuff.blogspot.com/    
(If I did not add your blog, it's because I didn't know it.  And some of you I couldn't find to link to.)   These quilts have been a wonderful experience.  It's been fun to watch the blocks come in and my mom and I have totally enjoyed the process. I will be posting later this week about our next Quilting for Kids project. It's for the brother of these two girls. It might be more a challenge, because I always think things for boys are harder, but the colors will be black, white, red and grey. So get your "teenager-ish" fabrics ready and I'll start the sign up soon. Thank you all sooooo much, from the bottom of my heart! And one final note: The tag that will be placed on the back will say the girl's name, and then: "God has a plan for you and loves you more than you can imagine, and so do I. Love, Miss Beverly December 2011 Jeremiah 29:11"

Monday, November 28, 2011

New Wall Decor

I'm home! We had a great Thanksgiving with our family, and I hope you did, too!

It started with a nice long trip from Miami to Atlanta.  Then a trip to the Minute Clinic for some antibiotics for my strep throat.  My youngest got two nasty scratches on his face from a swing. (Same swing, two separate times.)  Cousins had stomach bug, but I think we might have lucked out on that.

All in all, it was awesome! No trips to the ER for wheezing babies = success in my book! Been there, done that.

Seriously, how can we be so close to family that we only see once a year?  It is SUCH a blessing from God!

We had a great time with Grandma.  I took pics of her old quilts that her mother made, because this is the first time I've ever seen them. But at the moment I cannot find my camera.  :( But all the wash is done! :)

Okay, so today I did tons of laundry, cleaning the house, and then filled two new photo collages and changed out other pictures in old frames and then I did this.

You like?

I've seen many different versions floating around blogland, and this is my interpretation. Just an old frame, some fabric, glue, and a letter and you have a new wall decoration. Easy as that.

Okay, now off to bed I go. I got everything around the house done today so I can finish up the second Quilting for Kids quilt tomorrow (or shortly thereafter).

Pictures to come!

What's on your plate for this week? Oh, too stuffed from last week? Okay, what's on your agenda?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Quilting for Kids Charming Stars Complete!

Oh how I love this quilt!

Quilting for Kids Charming Stars Quilt

It is beautiful!!!! Have I told you that I did not make this quilt?  Many, many women made this quilt.  Caring and sharing women made this quilt.  I love them for that!

P1010665Quilting for Kids Charming Stars Quilt

This quilt will be given to a girl that my mother works with in the foster care system in Florida.  She has been going through a lot lately.  Hitting those uncertain years of 12-14 years old without a family that cares for you and helps you through it is really hard.  My mother is there for her, but often the girl's love looks like hate because her heart is so wounded and guarded.

P1010667Quilting for Kids Charming Stars Quilt

If you're the praying type, please pray for her.  You can call her "U."  (I can't share her name.)  Pray for her heart to be softened and open to God's love, the only one that won't fail her.  And please pray for my mom, that God would give her wisdom and perseverance with U.

P1010666Quilting for Kids Charming Stars Quilt

A great big hug and Thank YOU to all those helped by sending me blocks to make this possible.
Here is a list of those who helped with this quilt (in no particular order.) Won't you visit their blog or flickr? Tell them what an awesome job they did on their Charming Star block.

Debbe at flickr piecestolove
Ellla  at throwawenchintheworks.blogspot.com
Annaliese at flickr  pewteracorn 
Patricia  at  ziamariadesigns.blogspot.com/
Toni at hoosiertoni.blogspot.com/
Christine  at punkinhandmades.blogspot.com/
Jennifer  at flickr  jenjohnston
Dawn   at flickr  guiltyquilter
Michele  at  http://bacontheneggs.blogspot.com/
Erin  at  www.missymaccreations.blogspot.com
Keera  at  www.Live-love-sew.blogspot.com
Amy at http://www.craftydame.blogspot.com/  
Lu  at http://www.forthelovequilts.blogspot.com/
Selina  at flickr  SelDear
Allegory  at  http://www.sewallegorical.com/

And if you'd like to join the flickr group Quilting for Kids, please do.  I'll be asking for more blocks soon.  This time for a boy in red, black, white, and grey.  More on that later.  But go ahead and join the group so you'll be informed.

The Garden Fence Quilt is 1/3 of the way done...but my machine is being repaired. :( Very sad.  I broke a needle and couldn't find all of it.  I think it went into the machine and can't find it!  After Thanksgiving I'll get that baby out right away!

I'm also linking up to: QuiltstorySewHappyGeekSewChatty, Freshly Pieced, Esther's Blog, Made by Me @JAQS Studio,

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Flickr Group

So, I have set up a flickr group, hoping that somewhere along the way someone would give one of my tutorials a spin and then display what they've made.

It was just me for a while....but now there are two of us!

And Pippa has posted her creation!

Love it :O)

Just thought I'd share.

In other news....I have one Quilting for Kids quilt done and I have the other one basted.

Here's a picture of my two blood spots. I so hate basting.

I hate basting!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fresh Sewing October!

I don't have that many pictures of all I completed this month!

Here's a pic of the costumes I made for the boys.

I made my first commissioned quilt.

1st Commissioned Quilt

But since it's been so yucky and rainy here in South Florida, I don't have pretty pictures of it. Just this one. More pictures of this quilt are definitely in order, since it was a huge king sized quilt!

I also made a new Spider Web Place Mat and wrote a tutorial for paper piecing it. Maybe you'll put it on your list for next year?

Tutorial Coming Soon!

Next was a tutorial for putting a picture pocket on a stocking. This stocking went to Lyanna from Purple Panda Quilts. She's collecting them for children in the foster care system where she lives.

Stocking for Foster Children

And I have made a lot of progress on the Quilting for Kids quilts.

One of them is completely done, but like I said, I'm waiting for really nice pictures.

Yes, I use dishwashing gloves to quilt

The other is pieced WITHOUT white sashing and waiting for basting. I can't wait to show you!


Head over to Lily's Quilts and show what you've done this month!
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