Friday, September 30, 2011

The Post Office Won't Go Broke With Me Around

When the 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge was posted it really captured my heart.  This year, like many other bloggers, I decided that I would make eleven quilts for donations.  Some bloggers have called it, "Eleven in 11.  As of July, I had donated 8 quilts. I have been trying to reduce my stash and clear out some UFOs.  The 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge  seemed like a perfect way to accomplish both goals  I originally thought I would make 3 quilts to accomplish my original goal of 11 for the year.  While we were without power, I spent my days going through my stash and looking for UFOs.  I started cutting kits and when the power finally came back, I was ready to rock.
This little quilt was completed in April, but I wasn't sure where it should go.  It will be added to the box going to the Basic Quilt Drive in the South Bronx in memory of my husband's great Uncle Joey.  He was a lifelong resident of the Bronx and Supreme Yankee fan who died in July.  He volunteered with the Saint Vincent DePaul Society arranging for donations of food to local families and soup kitchens in the Bronx.

The third quilt packed in the box was started using fabric left over from a UFO that I repurposed.   I planned to donate it to the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge, but didn't finish it in time. I didn't like the layout so I moved the blocks around until I was satisfied.  Now it is ready and on its way.

The dot on the picture is not on the fabric, it must have been on the lens.

This quilt is traveling to Texas.  Debra of Debra's Design Studio is collecting quilt tops she will quilt on her long arm machine and distribute to local veterans and their families.  I think this quilt would be fine for a toddler.  The binding I prepared for the quilt is the same fabric as the outer  border.

I have 2 other tops that are waiting for quilting, a set of blocks ready to put together for a baby quilt, and a group of blocks for Debra's Texas Veterans' quilts.  Hopefully, I can finish them next week.  After that, the rest of the year is reserved for projects just for me.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Few More Quilts for The 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge

Unfortunately, it is still raining out so the pictures are less than ideal.  This little quilt is for Quilts for Kids.  It's made from an Eye Spy panel that I bought a few years ago.  It's hard to believe that the quilting took 2 full bobbins.

Victoria of Bumble Beans Inc is hoping to collect 700 quilts for the Basics Quilt Drive.  These quilts will be donated to homeless families in The South Bronx.  My husband was born and raised in the Bronx so this donation is a perfect fit for me.   It was started with some blocks and fabric left over from my H2H challenge quilt.
 I love the polka dot fabric on the back.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

100 Quilts for Kids

I can't believe I finally have something to post.  We lost power for 5 days as a result of Hurricane Irene and our internet service was not restored for 17 days.  Without electricity, I spent the daylight hours cutting fabric to prepare kits to sew as soon as power was returned.  While the internet was out, I discovered how many hours there really are in a day.  Although I missed visiting my favorite blogs and keeping up what was going on, I managed to finish 2 UFOs and several quilts for the 100 Quilts for Kids challenge.  It's not too late to participate.  Check the button on the right side bar and you can get more info.
The 2 quilts below will be donated to Quilts for Kids.  The pink quilt is from a kit provided by Q4K.  The bug jar quilt is a former UFO that has been hiding at the bottom of my fabric closet.

The Hearts and Flowers quilt  below was also a long term UFO.  It will be donated to the Down Syndrome Assoc. of Middle TN.  This quilt will become part of Diane Wingo at Dew Quilting's  dream to give every newborn with Down Syndrome in her area of Tennessee a quilt in honor of her son Stevie.

When I pieced the backing, the blocks seemed too large.  After it was quilted, I found that I really liked it.
I have one more quilt that is finished and 3 tops waiting to be quilted.  It's raining here today so hopefully the weather will be good enough to take photos of the rest tomorrow.