Charity Quilts Progress Report

With my daughter here, I'm trying to devote some time to charity tops in addition to getting those blues down to a manageable level.

 As you look past Lydia to the background, you can see a pile of "stuff" - well, besides the blues project, working on these charity quilts, I'm also trying to "declutter" some stuff. That tall stack is a pile of some things that need to go. Above it is my Christmas display - a nativity scene plus some buildings/houses, etc.  The top she's pinning looks as if it was paper pieced - lots of detail here. I will definitely not let "just anyone" take this one.... it's got a time tied up in that top!  Amazing! I'm not sure I've ever done such work.

As you look past Lydia to the background, you can see a pile of "stuff" - well, besides the blues project, working on these charity quilts, I'm also trying to "declutter" some stuff. That tall stack is a pile of some things that need to go. Above it is my Christmas display - a nativity scene plus some buildings/houses, etc.

The top she's pinning looks as if it was paper pieced - lots of detail here. I will definitely not let "just anyone" take this one.... it's got a time tied up in that top!  Amazing! I'm not sure I've ever done such work.

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So far Lydia has quilted one - I'll probably finish binding it after she leaves - but I'm not sure she really enjoyed it that much. So, I'm having her get the backings ready for me - measuring and tearing the fabric to the right size and folding them - and helping me sandwich 4-5 a day.

I'd like to get about 50-60 ready for me to tackle once the "kids" leave on January 8.

I didn't reach my goal for 2017, so I'd kind of like to add it to my goal of 120 for 2018 as I'm feeling bad that I didn't reach it.

I am only comforted by the fact that I am prepared to get a lot done this year as I do have a lot of tops to work with - some Rachael and I made from panels that she got as part of the QT stash building, some that were sent to me by my friend in Arizona, and some several of you have sent me to finish up. Now I'm really ready to go into production!

 I've covered my Singer treadle so that the spray glue doesn't get on the cover and make it all sticky.  Lydia is pinning along the edge. I cut the batting while she pinned the first row of pins. By the time I finished trimming the batting, she was pretty close to getting the first row of pins done. Then we worked together to spray and pin each side. With four hands it goes pretty fast as these aren't particularly large quilts. And in a lot of ways, poly batting is easier to handle than cotton - at least when sandwiching.

I've covered my Singer treadle so that the spray glue doesn't get on the cover and make it all sticky.  Lydia is pinning along the edge. I cut the batting while she pinned the first row of pins. By the time I finished trimming the batting, she was pretty close to getting the first row of pins done. Then we worked together to spray and pin each side. With four hands it goes pretty fast as these aren't particularly large quilts. And in a lot of ways, poly batting is easier to handle than cotton - at least when sandwiching.

Can you believe people have sent me such beautiful tops as those I showed up above?  I am kind of pinching myself that people would spend the time making these tops and donate them to charity.  I do appreciate them and I know various moms, especially will also love them!  Thank you so much for those of you who have donated to our work here in Poland - we do appreciate all your help. Since I know how much work goes into making these tops, at a minimum, I appreciate your work. I'm not sure how much people who don't sew appreciate them!

We've got fabric and tops all over - combined with the normal Christmas "mess" that all the extra decorations create - it's a bit much for us. I'm pretty maxed out with the mess. 

Everything usually feels a lot more "open" right after we put the Christmas tree and decorations away. We didn't decorate until December 16, so I will probably see about getting the kids to help me put Christmas things away later this week.

 This fabric has rather large trees on it but it makes a fine backing.  The fabric is soft to the touch and I am sure at least some people will like it. We live in a part of Poland with a lot of these kinds of trees, so that adds to the fun of it. It's from a Polish manufacturing and is about 65" wide.  I have decided to invest in these wide fabrics so I don't have to piece my backings anymore. It definitely makes it faster! And the Polish people like it because it makes a double sided quilt!

This fabric has rather large trees on it but it makes a fine backing.  The fabric is soft to the touch and I am sure at least some people will like it. We live in a part of Poland with a lot of these kinds of trees, so that adds to the fun of it. It's from a Polish manufacturing and is about 65" wide.  I have decided to invest in these wide fabrics so I don't have to piece my backings anymore. It definitely makes it faster! And the Polish people like it because it makes a double sided quilt!

My husband is going to leave to go teach on Wednesday evening, so I can pile some sandwiched quilts on his side of our bedroom - as long as I get them out before he gets back on Tuesday, I can handle it.  Fifty sandwiched quilts will create quite a pile!

Here are 23 European single size quilts ready to quilt. We've got two more tops in the sewing room as well. We have plenty more tops to work with!  As many as we can get done now saves me time later.  Two people doing this really does work better than one.

We use both spray and safety pins.

 I got a little tired of sandwiching "little kids" quilts - so we advanced to some of the adult tops I have - darker colors and more mature designs - in other words, not children's prints!

I got a little tired of sandwiching "little kids" quilts - so we advanced to some of the adult tops I have - darker colors and more mature designs - in other words, not children's prints!

Can you believe people have sent me such beautiful tops as those I showed up above?  I am kind of pinching myself that people would spend the time making these tops and donate them to charity.  I do appreciate them and I know various moms, especially will also love them!  Thank you so much for those of you who have donated to our work here in Poland - we do appreciate all your help. Since I know how much work goes into making these tops, at a minimum, I appreciate your work!

And that's what's happening here with regards to charity quilting in my house!

Don't forget to check to see what we have in the store section of this website!  I'm sure you can find something you can use!

 





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