Friday, June 5, 2020

Hands 2 Help Finale

As the minutes tick down, the end of the Hands 2 Help Challenge for 2020 is nearing it's close.  As usual, I had high hopes and good intentions, but only one of the nine quilt tops I made is quilted and bound.  The blue and green framed squares quilt was a UFO that sat for years until it was quilted last week.  Both quilts will be going to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.  The quilts will be given to young children being placed in foster homes.  At 36 inches square, they are the perfect size to be packed into a bag to send along with a toddler.

 The pink, yellow and light green four patches were made as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge a few years ago.  I love the Eeyore and Winnie the Pooh fabric on the back.

 You can't might not be able to see from the picture, but the backing print is of construction cones and stop signs.

I had a partial right knee replacement in February and it is taking much longer to heal than I expected.  I can't manage to sit at the sewing machine for more than 20 minutes at a time.   I have been alternating between cutting, ironing, and piecing, but I find it hard to be consistent if I only quilt for 20 minutes.  The schedule works fine for piecing tops, so that's what I managed to do.

This teal four patch was started as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge a few years ago.  It's currently layered and under the needle waiting for the 20 minute segments that will finish it tonight.

 This is the backing for the star quilt above.

 I have decided that this summer will be devoted to quilting the remaining tops.  They will be divided between Little Lambs and Jack's Basket.  Hopefully, I will be strong enough to spend more than 20 minutes at a time quilting or it will be a VERY slow project.

Visit Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see the rest of the incredible quilts made for the Hands 2 Help Challenge for 2020.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Hands 2 Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2020

In a world of uncertainty, there is one constant we can all count on.  Sarah Craig, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, has opened the sign-up for her annual Hands 2 Help Challenge.    2020 is the tenth year of this charity quilt challenge and it could not have arrived at a better time.  With millions of people hunkered down at home (especially those of us of a certain age group), the Hands 2 Help Challenge is the perfect way for quilters to reach out and help someone who needs a quilty hug, without leaving the comforts of home.


This year, Sarah has chosen six deserving charities to receive your quilty hugs.  The wonderful thing about the participating charities is the variety of choices of quilt sizes they are requesting.  Two of the charities request quilts in all sizes from children to adults and two are only asking for adult size quilts.  If you love to make small quilts, one of the charities is specifically asking for infant quilts and another is asking for sizes from infants through teens.

The charities also vary in the missions they serve.  There are groups requesting quilts for cancer patients (children and adults), for communities going through disaster recovery, caregivers, end of life patients, and for babies going into foster care.  I'm sure at least one of these causes will touch your heart and inspire you to donate a quilt or two, or maybe even three.

The initial signups for the challenge will be Sunday, March 22nd through Saturday, March 28th,  You can signup after the initial period, but prize winners will be chosen from those who signup during the opening week.  Quilts must be mailed to the appropriate charities by Friday, June 12th.  If you live outside of North America, you can choose to mail your quilt to a local charity.

Stop by Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict to sign up for the Hands 2 Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2020.  You can click on either of the two links in this paragraph or use the button on the right side of my blog.  She has lots of surprises for quilters partipating in the challenge.   I'm already surprised by the challenge.  This is the first time in the nine months since the 2019 H2H Challenge ended that I have posted a blog entry.  It's that important to me and I hope it will be to you.