Friday, November 16, 2007

Another Two-Incher!

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Two inch quilts

I spent almost two weeks cutting all the scraps I have used for donated quilts and and my own personal scraps into two inch squares. If I had known how long it was going to take, I wouldn't have started. Ignorance was bliss. I have thousands (no exaggeration) of two inch squares of every color and print imaginable. Now, the fun begins as I create masterpieces!! This is the first one. A kid based quilt with 143 squares!
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Friday, November 9, 2007

Anne's Log Cabin Quilt

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What's New

Hello quilting friends! Just wanted to check in here and let you know what is going on at MHC. Here is the theme of the last two months-slow progress is still progress. We continue on our mission and I am starting to learn that these things take time. A human baby takes 9 months to grow to maturity in it's mother's womb-well, using this analogy (which might not be the best!) we are still developing, "gaining weight" and waiting to be birthed. Our number one need right now is for people to piece the quilt kits. We still have 8 blue quilt kits that need to be assembled. I do want to acknowledge that we have some new volunteers that have stepped forward. My Aunt Betsy has pieced one quilt and now will finish a few more and maybe try to find some volunteers in her neck of the woods (New Jersey). Thank-you so much! Also, I posted an ad on under the volunteer column and Karen contacted me and was given two kits-excellent! Over the past two weeks, I have been cutting two inch squares out of all of my scraps. With these we will make 9 patch quilts. I will post a picture of the 1000's of squares when I am finished! Also, I want to recognize our youngest volunteer quilter-my 6 year old daughter Anne. She made her first Log Cabin quilt (with a little help from me) and wants it to be given to a baby girl. If you know of a deserving baby let me know!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Batters Up!

I just finished this quilt this afternoon. Actually, there are two of these. I decided that from now, if I have enough fabric, I will cut two of each quilt. I think this will save time over the long run. We'll see. I love the center fabric on this one because it is so bright and cheery. Since I am the primary quiltmaker for Margaret's Hope Chest at this point, I have to be careful to balance the types of quilts I am making. Some for boys, some for girls, some for babies, some for men, and some for women.
On to our recent quilt giving....This past week we have given two quilts to two precious babies. Ellie is about a month old and she is at a NICU in Grand Rapids. Her exact condition has not been diagnosed yet but she is on a ventilator and has other various medical problems. I found her family through a link on someone else's blog. As I have read their daily posts I have been blown away by their positive attitude and unshakable faith. I hope we have given them some hope for the future of thier daughter. If you are interested in reading their journey follow this link I think you will be equally amazed.
The second quilt went to a little boy named Isaac. He is in a NICU in Cleveland. He was born at only 24 weeks and now he is struggling to grow strong enough to go home with his parents. This story is actually a bit more complicated and if you are interested in their story you can read their blog This family especially needs hope and encouragement as they have been dealing with many ups and downs for over 100 days!

I encourage you to remember these two families in your thoughts and prayers and the countless other families who are in similar situations and give your kids a hug, kiss and a "I LOVE YOU!" I am going to do that right now!
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Do you know someone who might need this?

Colder weather is starting to settle in and the holidays are approaching, do you know someone who could use a gift of comfort? This is just a reminder that we are always looking for potential quilt recipients. If you know of someone please don't hesitate to contact us This a quilt that is looking for a good home. It is really soft and just the right size for snuggling on the couch!
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Monday, October 15, 2007

Look what you can make!

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Quilting Kits are now available!

Well, after months of preparation I am happy to announce that Margaret's Hope Chest quilting kits are now available for volunteers to sew! I know, this announcement makes it sound like people have been anxiously awaiting these kits and that this message will evoke 20-30 people saying "Please, please, can I have one?" Unfortunetely, this is far from reality. We have yet to find a trusty group of volunteer sewers. But I have faith. This is God's work that he is doing through us and so far, generous people which God has provided have given us fabric, copies, money, quilting services, thank-you notes and publicity. Why should I doubt that there will be women (and men) willing to spare 6 hours to piece these quilts? I shouldn't but sometimes I do.
So, there are 13 kits that are ready for the asking. They are highly organized (in my opinion) and should require about 6 hours of work. The resulting quilt will look like the one pictured in the following post. Please e-mail me or call if you can help in this way.

Link to Old Posts

Until I figure out how to transfer my old posts to this new blog, you can follow this link to my other blog.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

We have moved

For those of you familiar with this website, you may have noticed we have moved blogs. Blogger makes it easier to post photos and then I don't have to burden myquiltblog with my ramblings. Nothing more to report right now.