Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday 11/18/15

I didn't get any more work done on my scrappy hexagon quilt or my hexagon flower table runner, but I did get some work in.

I got started on the hot pad bowls (not sure what you call them) that I am making for Christmas gifts.  I still have some fabric to cut for all of the batting that I have cut, but I think it's a pretty good start.

I worked on the locker hook rug.  I didn't get the black done as far as I wanted to, but you can see what my design plan in.  I will put colors in the black frames.  I have the purple strips cut but still have all the other color strips to cut.  I did cut ahead on strips for a later rug, which aren't pictured.

I bought this book at our quilt guild for $1 because I love scrappy quilts.  I've had this one in mind to make for a long time now.  A gal who works at the quilt shop cleaned out her sewing room and gave me 5 boxes of scrap fabric.  The boxes were full and are what you see in the picture.  I'm planning on only making the blocks from what she gave me.  I have a start on cutting the 3 inch squares for the half square triangles.
Yeah yeah, you don't have to say it, I already know......I have NO business starting yet another project when I have so many already started!  I just can't help it.  And, I figure that as long as I am working each day, eventually something will get done.  LOL


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
5 sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
Hot pad bowls for Christmas gifts

2015 Finishes:

Locker Hook Rug
re-do binding on blue and peach patchwork
9 lined fabric bags
yellow crazy quilt lined bag
Pink hexagon table topper
Blue hexagon table topper
Yo-Yo Table runner
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Challenge quilt for quilt guild
Autumn wall hanging

I am linking up with the following blogs:
alt="WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced" />WIPs on Wednesdays

Monday, November 16, 2015

Making a World of Difference One Quilt at a Time -- Book Review

Making a World of Difference One Quilt at a Time:  Inspiring Stores about Quilters & How They Have Touched Lives is by Ruth McHaney Danner,

Ruth quilts for several charities, most of them going to her quild's community outreach, but some are also featured in her book.
She knows that one quilt can impact the recipient as well as the quilt maker.
Her advice if you are looking for charities to quilt for is to just keep your eyes open.  Needs are everywhere.
She says the greatest joy of making a quilt for charity is thinking of the person it will go to as you are making it.
Her hope for anyone who reads her book is that they will read it to the end, and then get to work.  To find a way to give of themselves to help others.
Ruth wrote this book first of all because she loves quilts.  She's been making them since she was a child and as she's grown older she's realized that her greatest joy is making them to give them away.
She learned how to quilt from her mother and grandmother.  He grandmother quilted out of necessity and her mother for pleasure.
Her favorite aspect of quilting is the hand quilting.  She finds it both calming and therapeutic.

I loved reading this book and the stories.  They touch your heart.  There are 55 stories in all.  Each one ends with what she is calling the Binding Stitch.  This is where you can get more information on the charity and/or the group.

The quilt guild that I belong to does a community project each year.  Each year is a different project and a different charity.  It's not always quilts, although this coming year it is.  It's a wonderful feeling to know that what you are making goes to a good cause and the people receiving will truly be appreciative.  It's also the togetherness of other quilters all working together.
Our guild also constantly makes Quilts of Valor.

I also meet monthly with ladies from my church.  We simply call ourselves the Zion Lutheran sewing club.  We make many quilts that go to the Domestic Violence Center, but we have done lap quilts for the Good Samaritan Home, stuffed animals for First Call for Help, dog beds for the animal shelter, and others.

I have made just blocks that I have sent to several blog owners for quilts they put together for charity.  That one is always fun!  One block  was going into a quilt for cancer research and I was able to personalize it with a note to my dad who died of cancer almost 20 years ago.

This book is such a joy to read.  I love reading inspirational stories.  Even if I wasn't a quilter, I would love this book.  I am sure if I wasn't a quilter, this book alone would prompt me to start quilting, or at least to find a group where I could help out.

Ruth is also the author of What I Learned from God While Quilting.  I have added it to my want to read list.  I am including a link to it as well.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of the book as well as additional information for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own.  Post does include affiliate links.
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