Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The last quilt of 2014

Here is the last quilt of 2014.



One of the ladies from the Adel Christian Church pieced this top for us.  I quilted it and also managed to get it bound.

It has already been donated.  One of the staff members at the center thought that this little quilt would be given as a Christmas gift this season.

I know this post is short and sweet....but I have Christmas and birthday presents to wrap.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Donation


This quilt top was donated by Jean V.  Much earlier in the year.  I love Jeans quilts!  They are always bed size and so cute.  I have at least one more of her quilt tops to get quilted...maybe two.  She is such a supporter of  Iowa Comfort and I so appreciate her time and talents.

Speaking of time and talents.... Nancy H took this quilt home after I quilted it and bound it for me.  She is also one of my volunteers that I so appreciate, always willing to help anyway she can.  She has even volunteered to help me get caught up on getting our hope quilts quilted.  I will be sending her two of them to quilt for us.  

Nancy has a long arm and these will be great practice quilts for her to play on. I call that a win, win, win situation.  Nancy gets to practice, I get two more tops moved off the to do list, and the center has two more finished products to pass out.

Right this minute I am sitting on standby..... you see that part below.

It actually holds my bobbin case and hook in place on my longarm.  It is suppose to be straight. 

So even though APQS is booked tight for service the next 6 weeks. They recognized that this was a problem that I could not fix myself and allowed me to bring Lenni up for service this morning.  

I hope to get her back tomorrow.  I have 4 customer quilts to get finished, and then I can start working on that pile of tops for next years quilts.

More show n tell next week!  I promise to have a post up the next couple of weeks. (I can make that promise because I am going to draft them tonight)

Have a great week everyone!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What I am thankful for

Hard to believe it is the week of Thanksgiving.  

As I plan my week, which involves cooking, baking, customer quilting and cleaning pretty much in that order.

I wanted to take a break and give thanks to all the wonderful people who have helped Iowa Comfort over the last three years.

Originally I wanted to do one quilt a month.  As of the end of this year we have donated 157 quilts to Dallas and Madison county charities.  We have also donated countless doggy beds and blankets to AHeintz57 dog shelter.   I actually delivered 6 beds to the shelter this past Saturday.  Amy told me that they came at a wonderful time.  She said that they had some bony mommies that were so going to enjoy being up off the cold hard floor.

Needless to say with all of your help we have brought comfort and joy to many over the last several years. I am so very thankful to each and everyone of you that has helped along the way.

My volunteers are very generous and talented.  

Some made whole quilts ready for donation, others made quilt tops.  
I have had longarmers donate their time and talents on some of the projects.  

Others have come to community sew days and sewn, pressed, cut kits or helped with fabric management.

I have those who have taken scraps home and cut them down for the doggy beds.

Others donated fabric....oh the pretty fabric I have received. 

My all time favorite volunteer are those who offered to bind for me.  There is no way we would have donated a fraction of the quilts without your generosity.

So thank you one and all for your generous spirits.  I truly appreciate each and everyone of you.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday with family or friends.






Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Absent

Yes I have been absent over the past several weeks.  Additionally I have also felt a lot of guilt over not getting my posts up each week.

Recently my youngest son made the following off the wall comment to me.  " So Mom, you say you can only manage 2 obsessions at a time?"  It wasn't exactly what I had said.....but he is right I have taken on more than I should have at one time.  

Man I hate it when he is right. Especially when it means I need to set some priorities in my life.

I have taken the last several weeks to think about the things I love to do, the things I like to do, the things I must do and what is no longer bringing me any joy at all.  

For those of you who don't know I really have about four obsessions right now.... 5 if you count traveling....and I really can't juggle them all.

The top of my list right now is regaining my health.  This blog isn't about weight loss or exercise so I am not going into detail here.  But a good chunk of my day is dedicated to this goal, which means other things are moving to the back burner.

Iowa Comfort is not moving to the back burner, but I am setting different goals for it.
  
Right now my time is being spent quilting customer quilts for Christmas.  That is how I fund Iowa Comfort, so very few quilts will be finished between now and the end of the year. 

I am spending my evenings working on fabric management, and kitting bed size quilts. 

Once I have the current quilt tops I have on hand quilted, I may organize a community sew day.  Let me be clear that is next year if at all.

Either way the goal for next year is 12 bed size quilts, anything more than that is extra.

For those of you who have donated fabric or other supplies.... no worries they will be used for the intended purpose.  

What is moving completely off of my plate is the doggy beds. The scraps are over taking my house, and I am overwhelmed when I can't get them made up quickly or completely.  ( currently I  have 5 that need to have the sham made for them).  I also have 4 garbage sacks of scraps that were not cut down small enough that I will need to work with prior to it going into a project.  This project does not bring me any joy anymore.  So I will not accept anymore  scraps for this purpose.  I would encourage you to do as I am going to do.  I will continue to make them for A Heintz57 shelter from my own projects.  You can do the same, they will take any size you want to make.  They do appreciate a case or a sham over the bed so that it can be easily laundered.

Last but not least is this blog.  At this moment in time, it feels like a job.  I plan to continue it....just not on a designated weekly schedule.  My posts will be sporadic between now and the end of the year.  Hopefully once things calm down I will have plenty to share again.

Hope everyone has a great week!





Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Camera not working

I have been on vacation the last couple of weeks.  My husband and I took an impromptu trip to the Canadian Rockies earlier this month.  Which means that not a lot has been done in regard to Iowa Comfort the past two weeks.

To add insult to injury my camera has decided to be difficult this afternoon.

I have two finished quilts, but the camera won't let me get upload them for some reason.

This coming week is going to be a busy one for me.  I will be working on customer quilts. So not a lot of time for Iowa Comfort quilts.  I am going to try to take inventory on how many quilt tops I have that need to be quilted.

I know this post has been short and sweet.  I will leave you with a totally no quilty picture of me standing on a glacier.


The silly girl from Iowa believed the weather man and did not pack our winter coats for our trip.  It was 25 degrees on that glacier and that sweatshirt was no where close to warm enough!

Have a great week!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Diane's donation

Diane L. has a magic closet that holds all kinds of quilty treasures in it.

Diane is also in the process of moving from a house that she has lived in for MANY years, to a new house.  Gives me chills just to think about having to move.  I have lived in this house for over 30 years.

So as she was sorting through her quilt tops, she ran across one that wasn't going to make the move to the new house with her.  Instead she decided to donate it to us, and allow it to bring cheer to someone who was having a rough go of it.

 
I really like this quilt top!  It is always amazing to me what I see in a picture versus looking directly at the top.  Here in this picture I see the same block in three different color ways. Two with dark green pedals, three with white and green floral pedals and four with light green pedals.  I find that extremely interesting and fascinating.  I would of never thought about doing something like that and yet I love it.  And yes I know that there are subtle differences in each of the blocks, so no two are identical.

This top reads very feminine to me and is going to be a great donation quilt for the center after I get it quilted.  I think I will spend just a little more time with this one, and maybe quilt feathers on it to make it a little more special than what I normally do with these donations.

Thank you Diane for sharing once again!  That magic closet of yours must go all the way to China.

Have a good week everyone.

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Doggy donations

 I have had more doggy bed stuffing arrive over the last week.

 Kathy B sent this bag to me.



Betty W. brought the above 3 bags to me one day last week.

Since both ladies followed my wishes and had the contents cut down in to sliver strips or squares no larger than 2 x 2.  These bags went directly into doggy beds.

Here are the three beds I was able to make out of the above four sacks.

Now I am not quiet done with them yet.  I still need to make the sham to go over the bed.  Thus allowing laundering without having to launder the bed itself.

HUGE THANKS to Betty and Kathy for their donations, but even more for cutting that fabric down and ensuring there was nothing in those bags that could hurt a volunteer or the doggies.

As a reminder, if you are wanting to donate doggy bed material.  I am accepting only under the following conditions.

1 Large pieces of material that can be used to create the bed or sham.

2. Stuffing material must be cut down to small slivers if strips or squares no larger than 2 x 2, smaller would be even better.

3. Sack can only have fabric in it.  No needles, pins, embroidery floss or other non fabric or batting materials.

4. Your name must be on the outside of the sack.

Any donations that don't meet those requirements will not be used.  I have already thrown away several bags that were left at the Adel Library for me that did not meet these requirements.

Have a good week everyone!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A couple more finished quilts

Today I am doing show and share.  A couple more finished quilts that have already been delivered to the center.


This top was made by Jean V. a long time supporter of Iowa Comfort.  If I remember correctly she was using up fabric from her crayola quilt.  She absolutely refused to put any of the fabric back in her stash!  The quilt was large enough that it will fit on a bed, and when I delivered it last week, it was the first one that was picked up and admired.  

Thanks Jean for all of your generosity and talents.


This little quilt was a panel that was donated by Diane M..  Thank you Diane for thinking of us when you were sifting through your Mom's stash and looking for new homes for her fabric.

I am trying really hard to alternate the hope quilts.  I needed a little girl quilt to make the donation even (3 for girls 3 for boys) so I popped this panel on the longarm and got it quilted.  I didn't quite have it completely bound when I took the picture, but it was prior to the delivery.


This was what I delivered to the center last week.  There are 9 quilts ranging from hope to queen size, one comforter, and 33 pillowcases loaded up there.

Each and every item was gladly received and very much appreciated.  The director came out and personally asked me to extend a thank you to each and every person that has helped Iowa Comfort.  My guess is that when these donations are handed out they probably mean more to the recipient than I or we will ever know.

Thanks again to everyone!  Have a wonderful week.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pillow cases

Yes we are still collecting pillow cases for the center.

Sherry doesn't quilt, but likes to work on pillow cases for us.  She asked for six pillow case kits, and worked on them off and on over the last couple of months.

Here are the completed cases ready for delivery.



These pillow cases were kitted with donated fabric.  So I would not call them beautiful....but I also would not call them ugly.  They are soft to the touch and functional which is really all they need to be.

As a reminder the center can use about 75 pillow cases a year.  I would encourage anyone looking to purge their stash of that fabric  that you look at and say " What was I thinking when I bought that!"  Come on you know we all have some of that fabric in our stash. Cut it down and make a pillow case out of it.  You end up helping someone and making room in your storage area.

 Penny W. mother made these two beauties for us.  These are bright and comfy and I am sure they will brighten up someone's day when they receive them.

Awesome job ladies!  Thank you so much for donating your time, talents and fabric to Iowa Comfort.

Have a great week everyone!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Iowa Comfort has awesome volunteers!

Case in point, Kathy B!  Kathy is a local longarm quilter, that answered a call to quilt a top that was donated to us.

I do not free hand quilt.  

This top had some heavy crewel embroidery on it, and I was afraid that I might damage the top or my machine if I tried to plow through it.  

Here is the quilt finished.


It is double to queen size.  Just the perfect size for one of the family beds at the center.  See all that white in the quilt... that is what I knew I would be in trouble with.

Kathy echoed around the crewel to make sure to secure those area's.  Very nice!  I know I could not have done it.

I was actually afraid that I might have to find another organization to donate this top to.  I am so glad that Kathy offered her amazing services and quilted it so the quilt could be donated to the center as the donor had wished.

In addition to quilting and binding this quilt (yay the binding was an extra bonus).  Kathy found and rescued a comforter.  She washed it up and donated it to the center.
This comforter is twin size, and I see it on a little girls bed don't you.  I know I need to get it delivered prior to my granddaughter Lexi coming for a visit.  Otherwise we will have a battle on our hands... she loves pink and black and anything flowers.

Now of course Kathy has gone well above and beyond at this point...wouldn't you agree?

She wasn't done..... nope.  She also brought me a big bag of goodie toys!  You know the ones that we send along with the Hope quilts.  

Take a look:


This past weekend Owen and I attended the Conker Cancer event hosted by Adel Quilting and Dry Goods at the Adel Library.

Kathy brought these stuffed animals to the event.... and Owen had a great time going through the bag checking out each and everyone of them.  They all received his stamp of approval! (On a personal note, I am sure him playing with them allowed us to stay a little longer.  I knew I needed to be there, and I had forgotten that I had him on Saturday.  So I said we would go until he got unmanageable... he never did)

Like I said Iowa Comfort has some awesome volunteers.... and Kathy falls into that category for sure.  Thank you so much for time and talents in quilting this top for us.... and for all of your other treasures!

Hope everyone has a great week!