Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Checking These Off the WIP List!

 I really like joining this weekly WIP update.  It encourages me to finish things (as opposed to starting more projects) by the following Wednesday.  And although I didn't finish everything I wanted to this week I do have a few things to check off the list.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

The Craft Hope safe delivery kits are due by March 1st. I already finished the tote bags but that was it so I had to get down to business.
I went out and purchased all of the items that I needed; bars of soap, alcohol wipes, Purelle, latex gloves, plastic sheeting and string.
Next, I found this super cute stuffed elephant pattern at my local quilt shop.

Then I enlisted the help of my daughter (the blond one) and her friend (who I was babysitting!)
to make a few stuffed elephants.  If you know any girls around this age (9-11) you also know that they LOVE crafts. Sweet.  Yes, they picked minky for the fabric (ugh!) but they turned out fine despite some stretching etc.

Here is one of the finished elephants!

Next I had to make receiving blankets.  I was rather proud of myself when I found a couple of gently used cotton blankets, cut them up and added a bright flannel. 

So, now all that is left is putting all of the items together and sending it off.  I wanted to try and get to the States to mail the package because from Canada I have to send things UPS which costs SO MUCH MONEY.  Maybe I can talk myself into a trip to New York this weekend.....

So, the other major project I have been working on this week has been Ellie's quilt. Ellie is a friend of mine who was diagnosed with brain cancer a couple of weeks ago.  She will be starting treatment next week and I would really like to give this to her before then.  Ellie LOVES to garden and I found this pattern on the internet and it is called
 'Ellie's Garden'!  I just love how the top turned out. So bright and spring-like!
It's exactly what I wanted--I used all scraps for the flower blocks and then went to my neighborhood quilt shop and they helped me choose the sashing and border fabric.  
I have to call the long arm quilter today and see what her wait time is.
That's about all I have had time for this week :)

Happy sewing friends!!


A.J. Dub. said...

Such wonderful projects full of caring and love! I love Ellie's quilt and I am sure she will too.

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

How clever to google Ellie's oname to get a quilt idea. Very lovely quilt indeed!

PolkaDotClassic said...

Beuatiful quilt and the colors are so bright and happy . I'm sure it will bring a smile to her Heart.
Best wishes during her treatment.

Katherine said...

The elephants are just so cute and that quilt top looks amazing!

Tina said...

Ellie's Garden will be a wonderful gift!

Lynn said...

Cute elephants, you have some talented help there. What a wonderful quilt and how amazing is the name?! Just beautiful. I imagine it will be very much admired and loved.

Megan said...

Love the elephants! And the quilt looks wonderful.

Kimberly White said...

Those elephants are cute!

Sandra said...

Your little elephant is adorable! It's always fun to have personal assistance with projects. Looks like you've got some great helpers.

Lee said...

Oh, I love those elephants. Too cute, I think my daughter needs one! And the Ellie's Garden quilt is just beautiful, I'm sure she will treasure it.

Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday, have a great week!