December 5, 2012

Creating Smiles - One Child ~~ One Quilt - At A Time!

 2013 Quilt Drive!

Charity is near and dear to my heart so you can tell as you read over past post on my blog.  I have been involved with charity work for over 30 years varying from working with a volunteer fire department, my Alma Mater, having benefits for families who needed help, and making quilts for children and the sick, and helping to raise funds for different organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Susan G. Komen  Foundation.  It is part of what makes me, ME.

I have been working with The Masonic Home for Children and The Central Children's Home, both in Oxford, NC for some time with the ongoing help of quilters from the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum, presenting the children who reside at both homes, quilts to call their very own.  These children live in the homes for various reasons and the gift of a quilt can go a long way in making them feel special and loved.

 When we present these quilts I always ask the cottage caretakers to never discipline the children by taking away their quilts and they always give me their word that such an act will never happen.
Would you consider helping us reach the remaining children at these homes?  Can you make a quilt to send for a child?  We would truly appreciate any and all support from quilters far and wide!

Due to health problems with my legs, I am asking for finished quilts as I cannot quilt very much myself at the moment.  I will be making a few to present myself but I cannot stand and quilt several that might get sent in as tops on top of the ones I will be making too.  I hope you all understand.

 The children range in age from 6 weeks to 18 years of age so we need quilts ranging in sizes from at least 54 x 62 and up to 72 x 80. Please put a label on the back that will have a place for me to write the child's name so that their quilt can never be questioned who it belongs to. Feel free to put your name on the label as well so the child can see who gave them the quilt (first name only is sufficient)  and your location would be great.  Just be sure to have a spot for the child's name.

This will be an on-going quilt drive for the year 2013 so do not feel that you have to "hurry up" and get a quilt finished.  They house the children 5 to a cottage within a 5 year age span so as I get multiples of 5 quilts in the same size, my friend Marie and I will go over and present those quilts.

I will always post photos of the presentations but due to privacy laws, I cannot post photos of the children's faces.  Here are a few of the past presentations to the children. This is the way photos have to be made in order to make them public on the internet.

We hope that you will consider helping us to reach the many children who live in these homes with a quilt that they can call their very own.

Thank you to all who will answer this call. :)

Please comment on this post if you would like to be a part of this and I will start a list of quilters with a link to your blog.  Non-bloggers are also welcome and encouraged to participate!

When you are ready to mail your quilt in please send an email for my mailing information.

I will keep a count of everyone's quilts as they come in and at the end of the year, 2 weeks before Christmas,  I will put your name in a drawing the number of times as the same number of quilts you sent in throughout the year.

I will draw 3 names from all of the entries and send nice prizes for participating!

Please grab the button and add it to your sidebars to help spread the word.


October 29, 2012

Crazy Quilting!

My friend Colleen and I are in a crazy quilting round robin together and her requests was for linen, old lace, and old metal things.  I think I hit the mark.  I am right proud of this block and I hope she likes it!  It is headed to the next person in line and then her set of blocks will go home to her. :)

Yes... those are washers and old rusty screws in her button cluster!
Trust me, this is right up her alley and I hope it makes her smile. :)

October 25, 2012

The FIND Of A Lifetime!

I LOVE to Ebay!  There is no telling what you might find on any given day of the week there.  More things to tickle your fancy than you can shake a stick at! I was browsing crazy quilts last week when I just happened upon 2 auctions very near to finishing.  They were both crazy quilts from the late 1890's - very early 1900's time period... both from the same family. I could not believe my eyes at where the price was when I looked at the close up photos!  These quilts were far superior to most crazy quilts that I had ever seen!  The work was highly impeccable! I HAD TO BID!!

I waited until the last few seconds and bid on the first. I won!! I then went to the 2nd quilt's page and bid there as well.  Someone ran the bid up over the final 2 minute period but I still paid FAR FAR less than what it was worth!

I actually hit the mother-lode!

I received these quilts yesterday and my first initial reaction was tears!  HOW could the family members allow such treasures to go outside of their family??  Upon closer inspection of each block and the embroderies on them, it is clear to me that they surely must be blocks made by friends and families for a certain couple that married and then put in to a quilt.  That just sent shivers down my spine!  There were actually so many blocks made that 2 quilts came from them.  There is no doubt they were made at exactly the same time by the same group of people.  The fabrics and colors tell that story loud and clear.

These quilters painstakingly took hours of their time to create these blocks!

I sent an email to the Ebay dealer and asked him to call me.  he did and I asked for some family history if he had any. he said he would try and find anything he could and get back to me.  These need to be documented!   I have googled the names Samuel Pierce and Blanchie Darst and have sent a couple of emails out to family members I found.  I have one distant relative calling me this afternoon.  I am excited to talk to them.

I know there is no end to how far the internet can reach so if you know of family relatives of this family please let them know about this blog post.

Please enjoy the photos...

 Samuel Pierce and Blanchie Darst Pierce Family Crazy Quilt

October 23, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Witch!

hehehehehehehehehehehe Come here my pretties......

Today is day #2 on the Wicked Blog Hop dreamed up by Madame Samm and  hosted by Wicked Wendy !  This is going to be an awesome blog hop for all of you Halloween lovers!!  There are going to be witches and goblins and black cats a' plenty!!  So come on in with your costumes on and enjoy the party!  I have my witches cauldron brewing and will be serving up some spider cider tonight! yum yum! 

I just got word that there are some other quilters handing out Halloween candy today so when you are full of spider cider, take off to the other parties to see what they have for you!!

Terrifying Tuesday
23rd of October

My first initial idea was to do a witches hat in the crazy quilt design but then I heard there might be some other crazy quilting going on and I wanted to do something different.  I love working with batiks and black fabric.  I googled free witch patterns online and found Sonja's blog with this wicked witch all done up in paper piecing! arrgghhh
As much as I hate spiders!!
So, I improvised! ha!!!
A little Steam A Seam lite does the trick!!  I traced around the paper pieced pattern shape and ironed me some fusible to the black fabric and in no time I had me some witches flying on their brooms! ha!
I wanted to do a table runner but 4 turned out to be too long but 3 was just perfect!
I will have to make a candle mat with the 4th block!
I wanted to show you a little quilt that my friend Donna sent to me last year.  I think I blogged it but don't remember if I did so I am showing it anyway.  I just love it and it has Halloween written all over it!  
It plays so nicely with the witches. :)
And I must show you a beautiful witch dotee doll that my friend Lois made for me!  Art of this caliber should be shared and it doesn't matter how many times! :)
The backside of her dress is so pretty!

Spider and all!
And look... She is holding a pig charm in her hand!
She better not put him in her cauldron!!!
I hope you have enjoyed my Halloween Wicked Party!!
I have something to give away to one lucky reader!!
These 2 Halloween towels and a bag of Tootsie Roll Pops is going to come flying in on my witches broom to one lucky person!  Yes, you aren't seeing things... My hubby ate your candy!!  BUT, I will buy another bag!  I promise!
Please leave me a comment to get your name in my pot!!  
..... and make sure your email is available in your profile and if it isn't, leave it in your comment!  
Happy Halloween everyone!!