Leslie: Quilt to bless!

Happy Thursday, Friends!  If you know a quilter or two, you would probably have experienced first hand the generosity and love quilters have for others, including strangers with whom they have never met.

Today, Leslie from Pennsylvania is sharing with us her “quilt to bless” story. Enjoy!

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First off I want to thank Wendy for allowing me to write and tell you of my recent endeavors.

If you are an avid quilter like me, you most likely have done items for charity. It warms my heart when I think of my charity quilts, and the people that have been blessed by them. Babies in Romania and here at home, families in Japan, girls in Africa, senior citizens, and more. So, when I saw on the local news a few months ago that the Mennonite Central Committee was desperate for quilts to send to refugees, I knew I had to act.

I found out that my local drop off point was happy to just get quilt tops that they could tie. Perfect for me, due to some health issues. I got right to work sorting and cutting fabric from my stash. I started with older fabric I thought would blend together and then I started buying fabric on sale to use. My most recent find was at the Hershey Quilt Show. I purchased 2, 10 yard rolls of one yard cuts, of beautiful civil war fabric. They were $35.00 each. Yes….$35.00.

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I can’t really appreciate what it is like to lose everything and have to run for my life. I find myself often praying and even crying for the recipients as I quilt. On their end, the quilts often become cherished emblems of love, symbols of hope and the fact that they are not forgotten.

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When my family and I went to drop off my tops and the tops of a few friends, Connie gave us a tour of the Ephrata Pa. facility and the work they do. We were amazed. There are many ways people can help MCC reach out to refugees around the world from baby blankies and kits of all kinds, to quilts and quilt tops.

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The only problem with this charity project… it gets in your blood. At least it has mine. I am sometimes haunted by the need to pour into these people and help the MCC meet the needs. I hope you will consider reaching out and helping. I slipped my last top in the mail….it was easy as that.

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Thank you, Leslie, for sharing your story.  Please feel free to share about the charity quilts you make (as well as the organizations) in the comment section  — I am sure some of us would like to check out your charity quilt organization(s) .  I appreciate you stopping by, Dear Friends!  I shall catch up with you later!  Hugs to you all.

Scraps Sharing

Vicki W. and Karen A. of Country School Quilters, guess what’s coming your way?!  Yeap, it’s that time again —- see below!

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Vicki graciously takes over my fabric scraps, and passes them along to her quilting friends to make charity quilts to bless those who need a little encouragement!  Click here to see one of the quilts Karen A. made with the scraps from my and her stashes.

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”                                             ~1 Corinthians 13: 13

I was most encouraged to see The Quilter magazine highlight making charity quilts in their latest April/May 2014 issue.  Do make sure you check out the short but very informative article.

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Benartex’s Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog has been highlighting charity quilt projects this week.  Do stop by and be inspired to be charitable.

Now curious mind wants to know what other productive ways you use your scraps.

That’s all for now, Dear Friends.  Happy Friday, and Happy Weekend! Hugs to you all.

A very special “I SPY” quilt!

Meeting Vicki is on my quilting bucket list!  She and I don’t live that far from each other, but we just haven’t met up (all my fault!).   I look forward to remedying that little problem in a few weeks.  Anyway, back to Vicki…  She is one of the most versatile quilters I have ever met.  If you haven’t come across her blog… click here to visit!  You will be surprised by all the things Vicki can do (besides quilting!).

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I remember musing to Vicki a while back about feeling bad about throwing away some of my smaller scrap pieces.  Vicki told me to send the scraps to her because she knows of a sweet lady from her guild who can definitely use my scraps to make charity quilts.  Karen A. of Country School Quilters used the leftovers of the quilts she already made with the scraps I sent to make the following “twice leftover” quilt.

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I was really touched when I saw how the scraps of the scraps came together in a sweet, bright and happy quilt that Karen is going to use to bless someone!  Looking at the fabrics got me in an “I SPY” mode to see if I could remember what quilts the scraps are from… At a quick glance, I counted about 30 different quilts.

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Thank you so much, Karen, for blessing my heart by blessing many many others with your talent!  Seeing that scrappy quilt made my day!

I would love to hear any snippets you / your guild might have about making charity quilts.

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Thanks for stopping by.  I shall chat with you again tomorrow.

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Click on the quilt names below if you are wanting to do some I SPYing yourself or just interested in what the original quilts look like.  Notice how I got some of the names wrong in my original “I SPY” notes, ha!

A Sprinkle of Spring (Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, May/June 2012)

A Tale as Tall as a Tree (Quilter’s World, October 2012)

Apple of my Eye (Annie’s “Love Those Precuts” Book, 2013)

Butterfly Kisses (Quilting Treasures Free Pattern / Butterfly Kisses)

Christmas in Ohio (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Winter 2010)

Color Burst (QUILT, June/July 2013)

Cottage Chic Christmas (Quilter’s World, December 2012)

Country Breeze (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Summer 2012)

Fabrique Foursome (Fons and Porter Easy Quilts, Summer 2013)

Flower Duet (American Patchwork & Quilting, May/June 2012)

Floral Linda (Benartex Free Pattern / Catalina)

Garden Mist (Quilter’s World, Summer 2013)

Greeting Cards (The Quilter, Holiday 2012)

Home is where the Quilt is (Quilter’s World, December 2011)

In a Meadow (The Quilter, April/May 2013)

In & Out (Quilter’s World Quick & Easy Quilts, Spring 2013)

Joseph’s Pinwheel (Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, June 2011)

Monkey Around (Quilter’s World, April 2013; Quilting Treasures Free Patterns)

Nature Walk, publish pending

Not Too Square (The Quilter, December 2012/January 2013)

Now I Know My ABC’s (Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, March/April 2013)

Pattern Play (QUILT, June/July 2013)

Peppermint Packages (Quilter’s World, December 2010)

Queen Anne (Benartex Free Pattern / Antoinette)

Roslynn (The Quilter, February/March 2009)

Sunburst Melody (Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book, 2013)

Sweet Bouquets (Quilter’s World, April 2012)

What’s the Buzz? (Quilts and More, Summer 2012)

Watercolor Sketches (Quilts and More, Spring 2013)

Winter Bouquet (The Quilter, December 2011/January 2012)

Pat’s complete ladybug quilts

A couple of months ago, I highlighted Pat on one of my posts.  Pat is a special quilter because she quilts for charity causes.  Many of her quilts have been given to comfort children in need.  Pat completed two Ladybug in Polka Dotville (pattern available for free on this blog, and kits are available from Fat Quarter Shop) quilts before Christmas, and had sent me the following pictures.

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At the time of Pat’s email to me right before Christmas, one of the quilts had already gone to a three year old little girl.  Her father also received a Quilts of Valor quilt due to injury in the war.

I am so touched to see quilters taking the initiative to bless others with their talents.  I maintain that quilters are some of the sweetest people!  Perhaps  we can encourage the quilters we know in our life with a sweet note of encouragement this week, and let them know they are appreciated.

Curious mind wants to know:

1.  if you plan to make a quilt (or two) this year for charity causes

2.  if you know of other charity venues to which quilters can donate their quilts.  Feel free to share about your experiences!