December 13, 2010

Quilt Presentation to the Central Children's Home!

Quilters have hearts as big as Texas!!! :D

Marie was sick so my husband went with me tonight to present the quilts that came in from my The Big 5-0, Birthday Wishes and Charity Quilts quilt collection!

I received 24 quilts but as of tonight their enrollment had dropped to 13 so Butch and I measured all of the quilts and took the longest ones because these children are 13 - 21 years of age.

We gave quilts to 5 boys and 6 girls tonight.  3 of the girls are not in the photo because they asked not to be.

You should have seen their smiles!!  I wish I could post the photo of their faces with the quilts but the privacy laws prevent that. It is for the safety of the children.

But I can show you this photo and you can all envision what a big smile would look like behind those quilts because that is exactly what is going on!

They just kept saying thank you!  I had pinned the name of the quilt maker to each quilt and asked the children to say a prayer for each of them tonight!   :D

I want to say a HUGE thank you to each quilter who made this presentation possible!!  We should always show our children that they are loved and what better way to do that, than with a quilt!

December 12, 2010

Secret Santa Stocking Swap

I joined a swap on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum and have my things ready to send out tomorrow to my friend *****!!  Can't say her name just yet because we aren't supposed to know who got our name until we receive!

I sure hope she likes what I made for her.  The rules of the swap were to make a handmade stocking for your intended!  I downloaded a free pattern online.  I then loaded a backing, batting and the stocking fabric on my longarm.  I drew around the pattern shape with chalk and then quilted feathers up both sides.  I cut it out leaving a good 1/4 inch allowance so that when I sewed front to back that my quilting would not be cut off.  I clipped all of the curves and then turned it right side out.

I then sewed a lining together and slipped it inside.  I made it longer at the top so I could fold it over and whipstitch it to the quilted piece.  I then added a hanger using gold ribbon tape.

Do you think she will like it??

I also proceeded to make her something extra special!  I have met this sweet lady in person and I really like her a lot!  So, making her something special was a piece of cake!

This was a fun little Christmas wallhanging!  It was supposed to have snowmen appliqued in the blocks but I wanted to quilt words pertaining to the holidays so that is what I did!  I hope she likes it!