Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Becky's Sue Bonnett Sue and Celia's generosity

Counting down the days, by the time you read this it will be less than 48 hours and all of my sisters should be here. (Now that I have just put that in writing.... I am sure someone will be delayed somewhere).

So this post is being scheduled in advance to post on Tuesday.

This week I want to show you our latest finished quilt.

This is Becky's Sue Bonnett Sue quilt.   You can read more about the quilt and Becky
 here:

 http://iowacomfort.blogspot.com/2013/08/beckys-donation-part-ii.html

If that link doesn't work it is the August 3rd, 2013 post.

Here the quilt is finished:


Isn't it pretty!  It is going to look great on one of the beds at the center.








I wanted to show you a close up of the Sue Bonnett Sue blocks.

Each block is hand appliqued on a white block using 2 polka  dot fabrics.  Sometimes the coordinating fabric was just a white with a coordinating colored polka dot.  Like the center picture.  The hat and ruffle on the dress are white with little green dots.

Celia completed the binding on this quilt for me.  I am so blessed that she is so generous with her time and talents.  Without her and my other binding fairies, there would be a pile of UFO's.

So once again THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH  Miss Celia!  You are truly appreciated.


I did not get two quilts quilted this past week, but I am going to bind the last two small quilts over the next couple of evenings.

Enjoy the cooler weather everyone!




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

T- 8 days

My mind is running a hundred miles per minute.  I am now 8 days until my sisters start arriving.  That would be FIVE of them, and they are visiting for 1 to 2 weeks.  Three are staying with me, the other two in a hotel.

The last two weeks I have been busy with cleaning.  My dear husband is staying clear so as not to be assigned a task.

On the fourth of July I spent part of my day vacuuming my drapes.  When I told my sister Kellie, actually I told her in a text, her and her husband had a good laugh on me.  Yesterday she told me that when she read the text she got an immediate image of an old I Love Lucy episode.  An I Love Lucy marathon would be a pretty good description of my life the last couple of weeks.

My new mantra is that it will all be worth it once I get to spend time with them all...

The only room I really haven't cleaned is the quilt room.  That is on the agenda for this week.  Kellie is going to be staying in there....so I need to get everything put away.

This last week I did manage to get a couple of small quilts quilted for Iowa Comfort.  I hope to get a couple more of the small ones done this week.   So if I have any binding fairies out there, I would appreciate it.

Another one of my fairies brought me a big bag of chopped up fabric for doggie beds.  

I 'll show you that in a future post..... but she had someone give her pillowcases for the center. (they didn't want their names to be posted on the blog)



Here is the bag they came to me in.







  All of the pictures above are of matched sets of pillowcases.

The center really likes it when they can get matched sets for the family beds.



We have a Barney and Daffy pillowcase.


Then we have an NFL, basketball and hockey pillowcase.


Here are two bear themed cases.... although I am sure the intended recipients will be very different!





Four more single cases of various themes.

All in all this donation contained 26 pillowcases for the center.  I know they will appreciate them.  They go through 75 to 100 each year.  Each resident receives a new pillow upon entering the center... and with our donations they keep the pillow and pillowcase when they leave the center. 

We can still use pillowcases....so if your stash has some fabric in it that you now are wondering why you ever bought it. Come on I know you know what I am talking about.  Consider making a pillowcase for the center.  You can drop them off at Adel Quilting and Dry Goods if that is convenient for you.

Okay it is time for me to go put some stuff away in the quilt room.

Have a great week and stay cool!


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Feeling Guilty

Yep this post is late.  Which I hate.  The problem is that I have been really lazy the last couple of weeks.  Well not really, but something had to be moved to the back burner and unfortunately Iowa Comfort is what got moved there.

If you follow the blog you know that I have 5 (yes count them 5) sisters flying in from California and Alaska.  They start arriving 2 weeks from tomorrow.  3 are staying for a week the other 2 for 2 weeks.

To say that I am in overdrive would be an understatement.  My mind will not shut off, I keep thinking of ways to entertain them.... I mean really they are coming to Iowa from the beautiful landscape of Alaska and California.  Iowa the landscape of corn and soybeans....and livestock.

The first week is planned with trips to the Amana colonies, wine tasting tours, a memorial service for my Dad at Iowa Veterans cemetery, some grave stomping, the Madison County Bridges and John Wayne's museum, the Des Moines farmers market and a family BBQ, and even  a day of fabric organization.

To lighten my load my awesome hubby contacted Merry Maids to do a deep clean for me, allowing me to focus on the fun stuff.  Let's just say that the last week has been spent with me cleaning.  I just about have it done, but I have a couple of major projects that still need to be done this week.

I am still working on me also.  And between two hours on the treadmill and the deep cleaning.  Quilting and genealogy hasn't gotten much time.  that reminds me I still need to clean the quilting room so sister Kellie can have that room doing her visit. 

I am going to try to get a couple of the Iowa comfort tops quilted this week.  Not sure if it will happen but it is on the schedule.

Hopefully life will be normal when August rolls around.  Right now I am going to enjoy my sisters and the ride, and try not to beat myself up to bad. Hope you all understand.

Enjoy the week, and the holiday.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Jean's DonationPart 2

In the last post I showed you the wonderful quilt top that Jean V pieced together for Iowa Comfort.

In addition to that quilt top, she did a little stash purging.... and donated that purged fabric to Iowa Comfort.

Now before you all remind me that I am not accepting fabric donations, remember to every rule there is an exception.  This fabric meet that exception.  It is quilt shop quality and larger cuts of at least one yard.  Besides they are my rules and subject to change on my whim and desire.  :-)

Lets take a look at what she sent us.


There were several cuts of star fabric in various colors.


And pastel yellow and pink heart fabric.


Then there was these cuts of polka dot fabric.  I would consider two of the fabrics bright, and one subtle.



We have car and truck fabric for a little boy.



Animal themed fabric, from bears to bunnies.


Here we have some eclectic fabric that will make great filler fabric with some of those other pieces.


These fabric pieces are number themed.  The top piece may be big enough to be the backing for the bottom panel.


A couple of more unique pieces.  I think I had the ABC fabric measured to be the backing of the middle panel of farm animals.


There are two of these soft ABC panels.


And then there is this cute panel also.  This one just makes me smile!  I was have tempted to use it as an up coming baby gift....but I was good and didn't do it.  When completed it will be donated just like every other donated top/ fabric/ panel I have received.

I am deep into preparations for the sister reunion.... so I haven't been doing a lot of quilting for Iowa Comfort.  I did managed last week to get my quilt for my own bed quilted, this week I am working on getting it bound and cleaning my house.

Next week I have a donation of pillowcases to show you.

Have a great week everyone!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Awesome Donation

I am not sure what happened this post was scheduled to post on June 10th.  I have been busy and haven't checked the blog since.  So here is the post now and the next post won't be until the 24th to get me back on schedule.  (this post deserves the full week of viewing. :-) )

Jean V. is awesome!  She has donated many quilt tops over the last couple of years. Her quilt tops are always a pleasure to quilt.  They are pieced expertly, always pressed and ready to be loaded on the long arm.  (a longarmers dream client!)

A couple of weeks ago Jean stopped by the house with another quilt top for Iowa Comfort.  She was continuing to use up her Crayola fabric, that she vowed would not go back into her stash.

Lets take a look at the top she brought us:



 This quilt is large enough for a twin and maybe big enough for a double bed.


Jean used her crayola scraps and made four patches and then off set the four patches with the pretty butterfly fabric.

I love all the directional flow in this quilt.  You have the dark lines from the crayola colored fabric, the white patches and the butterfly fabric.

It is a wonderful quilt all the way around! I know it will put a smile on whoever's bed it ends up on over at the center.  LOVE IT!

Jean also brought a whole sack of fabric to donate.  Yes I know I am not accepting fabric donations right now....but with every rule is there is an exception and I invoked it.

I will show you the rest of the donation next week since I have several pictures to show you.

Just a heads up that my sisters are coming for a two week visit in July.  If you think you might need a top quilted, July is almost booked out.  I will not be doing any customer work or quilting for Iowa Comfort the last two weeks of July.

Have a great week everyone!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It was that time again

Over the last month or so I have really been trying to organize my quilting areas....including the dog bed stuffing.  

I have sisters coming for a couple weeks in mid July, and I really need to have a handle on all my stuff!  (Little do they know that by the time they leave for home they are all going to be experts at ironing, cutting and folding fabric......insert evil giggle)

My normal routine is that I stack up the donations until I fill the space and then make a delivery run.


Well as you can see the doggy beds needed to be delivered to AHeintz57 dog rescue.  I could not get one more bed on that pile.  I do have to pile them up like that...otherwise they go to the rescue with dog hair already on them.  Hawkeye thinks he needs to quality test each and everyone of them.

A couple of days after I delivered them.  I saw a picture of one of their dogs on their facebook page.  He was laying on that bottom bed.  I remember when I made that one that I was shaking my head at myself....wondering why I made it so darn big and heavy.  And now I know, it was meant for that particular dog.... any smaller and it would not have worked for him.  Love it when it all works out!

See that pac n play in the picture?  That is where I normally store the finished quilts prior to deliveries.  It was full!  I needed to get the quilts delivered so Owen could have his bed when he visited this past weekend.

I delivered 10 quilts and 5 pillowcases to the center on the 19th of May. They were very appreciative of the quilts, and loved the fact that at least two of the hope quilts were little boy themed.  I should have the 2014 gallery updated by the time this posts.  Quilts 137- 146 were all delivered.


Here is a look at the pillowcases that were donated.  Jana, the director of the center, loved that this months donations came in a set.  They come in very handy for their family quarters.

We spoke briefly about their need for pillowcases and she said the need is still there for them.  When a client leaves they take their pillow and pillowcase with them.

I am going to spend some time cutting more kits, so if there is anyone who would like to work on them let me know.

Thank you to the two people who donated the pillowcases.  Thank you also to everyone who has been cutting and saving those scraps for doggy beds.

Special thanks to Kathy B., she volunteered her time and longarm to quilt the blue quilt from last weeks post.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Advice and assistance please

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday.  

I am writing this post on Monday....mainly because I can't quilt. 

You see while I was changing my needle today, I managed to drop the screw that hold the needle in place.  I spent an hour on the floor with a magnet trying to find it to no avail.  The longarm is out of service until I can get the replacement parts sent down from Carroll. So quilting is at a standstill for the next several days.

I have two quilt tops that I need assistance or advice on, well not so much advice but ideas on.

First the quilt that I am asking for assistance with.


This quilt top measures 91 x 94. Unfortunately because I only do edge to edge quilting that is computer guided.  I am not going to be able to quilt this one. 


That center square has crewel (?) in it.  And I am not even going to attempt to quilt through it, for fear of damaging my longarm.


Here are a couple of close ups of the heavy stitching.


There are six of these blocks on the diagonal from each corner radiating to the center block.

So I am asking if there is a longarmer that would be willing to quilt this one for Iowa Comfort.  A simple meander would be fine.  I just can't free hand, no matter how hard I try.  I would supply you with the backing and batting material.  Your investment would be thread and your time.  Let me know if you can help me out on this quilt.

The next top measures 85 X 94.  Due to the religious theme of the top it will not be going to the center. The Director and I spoke at great length about it and decided that it would not be used in any of their housing facilities....and they didn't have any clients who might appreciate this particular quilt.

I am not going to use backing and batting material on this top, if the center is not going to use it.  I just won't waste resources like that.

So I am looking to all of you bright people out there to help me find an appropriate home for this quilt top.  It was donated to Iowa Comfort, and I would like to send it on to a place where it can be finished and cherished the way the maker intended it to be.


Forewarned, this quilt does have some fullness that will have to be contended with....but I think if it was going to the right home it could be still be a wonderful treasure.


So if you know of a place this top could be donated to I would be grateful to hear your suggestion.

Well that is all I have for this post.  I hope that someone will be in contact with me about quilting the blue quilt.  I look forward to any suggestions on the second.

Have a great week!  Hope to get my replacement parts early this week so I can get quilting again!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Quilts

I have said it before, I will say it again.  Quilters are just the most generous people out there.

Last week I received a call from Betty W. she asked if I was available for a fabric drop off.  

Now you all know that I am currently not accepting any fabric donations....but with every rule there is the exception.  Betty had two bags of already cut down doggy bed scraps.


Those bags went directly into doggy beds, that Hawkeye quality tested.  They were cut perfectly.  You wouldn't think that it would matter, but it does.  If the stuffing isn't small enough the dogs can't nest within the bed....and then they use it as a chew toy instead of a bed.

Betty also took home two bags that were waiting to be cut down to dog bed stuffing!  My storage unit for that material is almost empty! Imagine me jumping for joy!

Additionally Betty brought us three Hope Quilts.  Take a look at these darling little quilts.


 I especially like this one because it is more of a boy quilt. And for what ever reason, the Hope Quilts tend to be more girlish.  Some little boy will love this airplane quilt.


I didn't have a beannie baby that was a pilot.  But I thought that every little boys best friend is his dog.  So I think this little guy is the perfect companion for this quilt.


This quilt could probably go to a boy or a girl.  The lighter tan blocks is a bird print, and the darker brown blocks is an ABC print.


There were pink flamingo's in that bird print....so you know this guy belonged with this quilt.


This one reads boy quilt to me also!  Hey that could be three for three!  The blue in the quilt top and the back is a blue/yellow/green striped material.


Once again Nancy H. had supplied the perfect companion for this quilt.  This little snail can keep all of the snails in the printed blocks company.

Thank you Betty for all the wonderful Hope Quilts.  I can imagine a toddler dragging one of these behind him wherever he goes. 

Thank you also Nancy for sharing your collection with these children.  I am sure they are well loved by the child that receives the quilt and its companion.

This week I am working on a bed size Iowa Comfort quilt, and two Hope quilts.  At least that is the plan.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.