Monday, October 16, 2006

Camp Reach for the Sky Quilts

I had a quilt seminar with a local quilter who told me about some of the philanthropy quilts she does. She suggested I check into doing some quilts for Rosie's Calico Cupboard's Camp Reach for The Sky. The Camp is for children 4 - 18 years of age who are battling cancer. Each kid gets a quilt.

So piecers donate their twin size quilts, Rosie donates the backing and batting and then longarm quilters donate their quilting. It is a collaborative effort aimed to bring warmth and comfort to kids who are in afight for their life. What could be better?

I signed up and picked up my first 6 quilt tops. This is a record of that effort.

Quilt #1

I used the Circle Lord with the square spiral template in the two outer rows all the way around. Then I carved out a space in the center to add the design with lots of curves, circles and some cross-hatching.

Quilt #2
I used the CL Baptist Fans and then giant stipple on this one. LOTS of intersections (bumps).

OK, this one is tropical...? It looks like a Hawaiian shirt factory blew up
and somebody gathered the scraps and made a quilt. I actually like some
of the Hawaiian prints. There are no solids except the border. Some of
the pieces are 1 or 2 inches.


In His Steps Auction Quilt

I seem to be doing a lot of "philanthropy" quilts these days. But when I heard
from the owner of the Crazy 9 Patch, I was excited about it. Martha mentioned that it was for the In His Steps program here in our town.

My mother did volunteer work with some of her church friends. They would collect food from local merchants and some church food banks and distribute this to the local needy. They needed a safe place close to town to meet with folks. The In His Steps men's home provided a place for them under a tree and they were made welcome at the IHS men's homes. My mother was 81 at the time and I was worried about her being out where she might fall or need a bathroom. The men at the house took such good care of her, she spoke very highly of them.

Plus, you have to appreciate the work they do. It is hard to start over. "In His Steps" Is a non-profit Christian recovery program that offers men and women with life controlling problems a supportive and loving environment.

So some of the church ladies were looking for a 'volunteer' to quilt this huge quilt; 90 x 109. It is a beauty without the quilting. Squares on a black background, it is quite striking. They plan to auction the quilt off and give the proceeds to In His Steps.

Update 21 Oct 2006

I used the Circle Lord spirals and circle maker. That's 220 spirals and circles or 220 starts and 220 stops. Oh, my. I hope it makes a ton of money for In His Steps.

My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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