There are now three more charity quilts to add to the finished list. I pieced them and my quilter friend finished them up and brought them to our recent Board Meeting to give to Community Service for distribution.
I had a fun, yet exhausting, time this past week volunteering at Kids Quilt Camp. One week every June we have approximately 40 students descend upon us eager to get their hands on sewing machines and make their very own quilt. We split them into groups based on sewing experience -- beginners (1st year), intermediate (2nd year), advanced (3rd year) and T-Shirt Quilts (3rd year or better). At noon on Friday, we hold a "show and tell" with parents present, and each child shows off their masterpiece, which are amazingly all completed (including labels). Some are tied, and others actually quilted using a serpentine stitch either diagonally or across some rows, as time allows. Beginners are one-on-one with a quilt volunteer, while later year students are 2-1 or even 3-1 and we make our rounds to make sure everyone is comfortable with what they are doing in the process. I was with the intermediate kids this year. I have quite a lot of pictures that were taken throughout the course of the week and you can see by the happy, yet concentrated, faces, that the volunteers get just as much out of the week as the kids do. I must really be showing my age now, because by the time I got home each day, I was beat! Don't know how I held a full time job before I retired 9 years ago. LOL!
Yesterday was our Guild's monthly Community Service day. The weather was terrible (thunderstorms and downpours), but what better way to spend it than with your quilty friends making quilts for needy children.
Here is the PDF for the Quilt of Valor I recently designed -- click on the link below the photo. It's not a formal pattern, but the pages as I printed them from my EQ7 software file. I think it's pretty straightforward to figure out. I have a few too many irons in the fire right now to take the time needed to make a professional pattern, especially since I am providing it as a free download.
Our Guild had a Sit-and-Sew day on Thursday at a nearby church. I was able to get all my Razzle Dazzle quilt blocks done and arranged!
Now I need to figure out what fabric I want to use for the setting and corner triangles and the inside border. I already know I want to use my floral fabric for the larger outer border from this earlier picture I took during a recent retreat.
Our guild has a few women who own longarms and volunteer their time quilting tops for Quilts of Valor. So I was playing in EQ not long ago and designed this quick to make top. I'll bring it to our meeting on Wednesday and "pass the baton." It's always fun to see something I designed on the computer "come to life." Salute, Suzy
Our Quilt Guild hosted a two-day retreat on Friday and Saturday in nearby Cocoa for the first 20 members to sign up. I was able to sign up, as well as a few of my friends. It was a fun two days, and much sewing/quilting was accomplished. We arrived each day at 9am and sewed until 4pm. Morning goodies and a wonderful lunch each day was provided.
I worked on my Razzle Dazzle quilt which was already in progress, and managed to finish all the colored blocks and am halfway done with the alternate gray blocks.
The wonderfully colorful floral fabric with the gray background is earmarked for the outer border. I'll have more pictures later as the quilt top progresses. :o) Here are some fun pics taken during the retreat.
I am a retired 57-year old widow with two lovely, grown daughters. I am also blessed with a wonderful teenaged grandson, and two beautiful teenaged step-granddaughters, or granddaughters-in-love, as I choose to view it. *Grin* Happily, we all reside in Florida within 30 minutes of one another.
I also have an energetic Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise mix, Tasha. I don't know what I would do without her. She brings me constant joy.