Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The MAN'S quilt


I decided we were lacking quilts for men so I quickly made this one today. This quilt is harder because it shows mistakes:0. Now I must stop making quilt tops and start finishing some of these off!
Update on the quilt-a-thon is that we now have 11 volunteers confirmed...only 6 more to go. I am so thankful for everyone who has stepped forward so far. A couple of the girls are actually complete strangers, cool. I have no doubt that we will find 6 more, somewhere.....
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Monday, January 28, 2008

Am I tempting you?


Am I tempting you to join us at the quilt-a-thon on February 9? I have created 4 totally unique looking quilts from one pattern. Just changing the fabric makes them so different. With my 4 plus the 15 that we make on that day, we will have a total of 19 awesome quilts to share with those in West Michigan.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008


So, I promised to tell you about how you could learn to make the quilt in the previous 3 posts. Margaret's Hope Chest is having a Quilt-a-Thon on February 9. With 17 volunteers and 4 hours, we will make 15 of those quilt tops. The best part is that volunteers don't even need to know how to quilt. We need 5 people who know how to iron, 5 people who know how to use straight pins, 5 people who know how to sew a straight quarter inch seam, and 2 people who know how to use a rotary cutter. Are you one of these people? Do you live in the Grand Rapids area? Do you have 12-4 open on Saurday, February 9? Please consider joining us, even if you are a stranger. We really need the help. We have 10 spaces filled but we are still searching for 7 more people. We have a location picked out in SE Grand Rapids. If you e-mail me or call 616-243-8223 you can sign up and get directions. Thanks!
P.S. I am working on my fourth quilt like this right now, I will post a picture when I am done!

Friday, January 25, 2008

These things are addicting

I am addicted to making this quilt pattern. Here is my 3rd one this week. I like this one the best of the three. The baseballs are my favorite part. This was made of all donated fabric-how cute! I have to add a border or two. Tomorrow I will write about how you can help us make 15 of these in 4 hours! Check back.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008


This cat themed quilt and the quilt in the previous post are the exact same pattern. You can hardly tell. This pattern I found on 'My Quilt Blog' a few months back. The woman had named her post 'The World's easiest and fastest charity quilt pattern'. Well, of course I had to check that out. She had made step by step instructions with photos! It is fast. I took me about 2.5 hours to finish this quilt (I still have to add borders). Not bad.
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Back in Business

After an extended Christmas break, we are back in the quilt making business at Margaret's Hope Chest. I used the time to work on a few of my own projects, catch up on my family scrapbooking, and of course, hang out with my family. All of that is over now, are two new quilts I put together this week. The top one I really like because it is cute and easy and fast. It is a great way to use up some of the large novelty print fabric that has been donated. The bottom quilt is made of 8-inch squares. Easy. Quick. Cute. I guess that is the theme for the day.
A quick update on quilts that have been given away. Our official number is 12. Recent recipients are a new baby born with Spina Bifida, a friend of my aunt's who is struggling with cancer, a young man living in a nursing home with Cerebral Palsy, and 5 families coming out abusive relationships. God is bringing us into relationship with many deserving families. It is still our prayer that these quilts will be a visual reminder of the hope that is found in a caring community.
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