Found another quilt challenge. This one is from Julie Bagamary, and it’s called More Blessed To Give. She is challenging everyone to make one item a week to donate. The best part about this one is that you don’t have to be a quilter. No matter what you do, whether it’s knitting hats or crocheting blankets, or even making soap or jewelry, make one item a week to donate to a good cause.
Since I’ve been on a roll lately as far as stashbusting goes, I thought I would look for a local group here in the Upper Peninsula that might be able to use some quilts. And I found the Marquette Women’s Center, a shelter for domestic violence victims. I sent them an email this morning, and hope to hear back from them next week as to what size quilts would be best for them. I have enough blocks on hand for probably two more lap or crib-sized quilts, so I can have a couple ready pretty quick.
I’ve been working away on my Rail Fence quilt. It may have looked easy, but I’ve had more trouble with this particular scrap quilt than I’ve had with any project in a long time. Do you think I could keep my pattern straight? Noooo-oooo. I swear, I sewed things together backwards and upside-down, and I still think there’s a mistake in it someplace.
I pieced together a batting from leftover pieces that have been banging around in my closet forever. That was a challenge, but I finally got it done. Then when I started the machine quilting, I messed it up, and wound up having to pick out two LONG rows of stitches, diagonally across a 50″ by 60″ quilt! Sigh. At least they were long stitches. I messed up on my second try, too, but this time I had enough sense to stop before I got too far. More stitches to pick out.
The third time was the charm! I think I may actually finish the quilting this morning, but I don’t want to be too sure of myself! If I manage to finish it, then I’ll get a backing and batting together for my Barn Dance quilt, so I can get that one done as well.
Andrew is still in TN. Now they’ve had an ice/snow storm down there. Hope they still have power. I haven’t heard from him since yesterday, so if he doesn’t call me, I’ll give him a buzz later to see how things are going there.
It’s been COLD here, in the single digits during the days, below zero at night. I think the temperature might have struggled up to 11 degrees yesterday. Since I was out of milk, bread, and half-and-half (essential to life around here), I got brave and bundled up in my long underwear and down coat (a Goodwill purchase in MN) and walked up to the store. I have to say that the right clothes do make a difference! The only part of me that got cold was my nose, and I pulled my scarf up to protect my face.
Still no camera, so I’ll close with this picture of Molly. She loves to sit on the table and watch birds and squirrels out the back window. She’s been a lot of company for me this week, although she thinks I should spend more time playing with her, and less time quilting!