Monday, September 30, 2013

Another Quilt For Granite Mountain Hotshot Family

Quilt Top Made By Julieanne for Melissa Lange

Back blocks were made by Pat W

The bright blue Sunflower fabric donated by Patty W

This quilt was the collaborative effort of three different quilters. The strip quilt was made by Norma Jean, the back blocks by Pat West and the Sunflower border fabric donated by Patty W.

I but it all together and it is in a box now for shipping out to Melissa Lange the sister of Granite Mountain Hotshot Travis Carter!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Paying It Forward

Have you ever as a quilter noticed that the more we quilt, the more scraps of fabric and batting we tend to have?

I have a rule that would make some quilters cringe...I toss selvedges in the trash. I have tried over and over again to make those work but can't so I get rid of them and sadly, I do NOT feel guilty about it.

I have boxes for 1"-4" squares and rectangles, a pile of strips for strip piecing and more. These for the most part are keepers, but I have also managed to give an entire pillowcase of scraps away.

My biggest guilt trip is what to do with they great pieces of batting I always seem to have extra of?  It is to narrow to make baby quilt with and to little to put pieces together.

I decided to contact my friend Melinda over at Melinda's Fabric Fancies and see if she would like some of this and living on a very fixed income, she said yes.

I am a quilter and once in awhile I may make a craft, but not very often, so I always have bits and pieces left over from projects.

So, if you would like to have some of these bits and pieces, let me know and send my your address and I will send you some when I get more.

In the meantime, until I am healed enough to really get out in this wet, slippery weather, I will stay warm, dry and prayerfully on two feet making more scraps!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Russia? Really?

Just curious why someone in Moscow would be looking into this blog?  I supposed it could be a quilter, however by the views they have taken on my site, I am thinking it more than likely a spammer or bot!

If you track your visitors as I do, just by location, I am wondering if any of you have experienced this?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Down To The Last 7 Granite Mountain Hotshot Quilts

We are down to the last 7 quilts needing to be made.

Yes, I am aware of the holidays coming around the corner quite quickly and I am aware I am going to have surgery on my right foot tomorrow (my sewing pedal foot), but things need to get completed!

So, I am down now to begging!  I am begging you quilters if you have NOT stepped forward and joined this amazing project, if you have any UFO's or even completed quilts needing a home, let me know!

In the beginning I did not think this was doable, but you all stepped up and showed me how generous you are and we got them done.

We truly need some quilters that have NOT stepped up yet, to give a break to those who made 2, 3, 5 or more quilts so they can rest!

Please 7 is completely doable!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Amazing Quilt

I know I probably shouldn't say this, but I think this quilt is going to go on the faves list for the Granite Mountain crew.

I love the colors and I love the fact that all those signatures belong to firefighters and it has hanging loops for hanging up.

Everyone is so amazingly talented and I am so blessed to have you all step up to help!

This week I received a letter from a complete stranger who said she doesn't quilt but wants to help.  I was so humbled, I cried.

Another blog friend sent me a box that arrived yesterday full of quilting fabrics and patterns and I was amazed by the generosity to help keep this project up and running.



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Autumn Scarecrow

I know that most of you who follow this are amazing quilters and crafters, but I did want you to know I am selling this little guy in my Zibbet/Etsy shop to help support Layers of Hope - Quilting 911.

He was made by me in 2008 and tucked away and forgotten about until a few days ago when I discovered a box of quilts and holiday decorations I have made over the past 5 years.

He is 35" Wide by 41.5" long and has a polyester batting so he is a bit stuffed so to speak!

I also have lots of batting and fabric bits I hate to toss away and if you use these types of things, please contact me, I would box them up and send them to you for the cost of postage!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Two More Completed Quilts for The Granite Mountain Hotshot families

This one was made and completed by Pat C. of Renton, WA and she was able to hand deliver it to the police department in which Jesse Steed's brother Cassidy works.

We have been blessed that several of the quilters are going to or have been able to hand deliver their quilts for the family members!

 Pat states it is just a twin sized, but it sure looks much larger!  I love the colors in this one and it is so appreciated when they receive a quilt!

The next one is another collaboration quilt between Julianne, the quilter and me, the finisher.  Julianne sent me the top, I added the fleece backing and did the quilting and it has been done for oh, about 15 minutes now!

The picture isn't really great as my granddaughter was not wanting to hold it because her arm was sore!

The last picture shows the hearts I put in the center of this quilt. They are not the best because they are free handed on the machine, but I know she will love it!

This one is for Glenna Eckel, the mom of Travis Carter one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

More Quilt Pictures for Granite Mountain Hotshot Family

This is another quilt made by Kerri for one of the Deford brothers and I believe this is actually her 3rd quilt.  I love the super large blocks she used and the colors!

The 2 pictures above are of the quilt Jessica made for Amanda Marsh, the wife of Granite Mountain Hotshot Eric Marsh. I love the way Jessica tried to include the many colors of this area by reflecting the trees, the rocks and the sky!

If you would like to see more of what Jessica does, you can check out her blog over at Quilty Habit.

These last two are once again a collaboration quilt between Pat West over at 501 Quilt Blocks blog and myself.

Pat was so amazing and sent me a ton of blocks to make quilts with so I grabbed these, added the borders, backing, batting and binding and love the way this one came out for Rebecca Deford, Dustin Deford's sister.

The back is a really sweet Zebra and Large Floral print flannel that came from JoAnn Fabrics and I added a pink and white flannel binding.

Will add the label today and in the mail it will go at the end of the week.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Holidays and 13 Quilts

We are right around the corner from busy and crazy holiday season and I am very concerned because we still have 13 more Granite Mountain Fire Fighter Family members that need adopting as well as I need lots more 6.5" blocks from all of you!

To those who have given and sewn and quilted your fingers to the bone, thank you so much, you have blessed those who need it the most right now.

I am concerned with the holiday fast approaching that we will leave 13 family members without a quilt and that would absolutely be devastating.  

We cannot leave brothers, sisters, moms and dads feeling unquilted and I really need someone who has not stepped up yet, to please step up and say, I can take one or two.

I am sorry I cannot give you a tax deduction but the blessing you will receive from reaching out to these broken hearted family members will be far greater than a tax deduction.

Please, won't you rethink your no or someone else will step up and say, yes , I can do it?