Tuesday, March 3, 2015

We have pillow cases!

Our local quilters are such good people!  So generous to those in need.

These quilts were donated by Jan M.  She made them from her stash of flannel.  They are warm and cozy. The center thought these would be given out right away giving the recipients a little extra warmth during our cold winter. 

 Officially these pillow cases are 7- 15 on our donation challenge.

 These fourteen quilts were donated by Jackie O. I love the variety of them.  We have cases that can be used for children and adults a like. The center told me that they were going to keep the snowmen aside, and use them during the next holiday season.

Officially these pillow cases are donations 16 -29, in our challenge.

Lonnie K. decided to help out in the challenge also.  Lonnie made four pillow cases from her stash.  I had called and asked her to kit me 6 pillow cases from the sale material at Adel Quilting.  When I went in to pick them up Lonnie decided that she was going to pay for the kits and put them together for me.

Yep our local quilters are just GREAT PEOPLE!

Officially these cases are 29-39.

So we are 39 completed in our challenge of 250.  I know we have more out there, but we can always use more!  So please consider donating.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Whew what a week!

My sister from San Jose Ca. came for a visit for the last week.

This trip was suppose to be for her to kick back and relax, and for the most part that is what we did.  But being the big sister that I was, I couldn't resist putting her to work with my fabric.

I have been trying to get everything in one room for several months now.  Working a little each night.  I had a goal of accomplishing that goal while Kellie was here....  and I needed her help.

Okay so in all honesty I had a lot in there....stuffed in there that is.  I needed an intervention and help (read kick in the backside) to get this all under control!

This was my domestic sewing machine area.... no sewing going on there.

This is where I wanted my fabric to be stored on mini bolts.  The theory is that if I can see it, I will use it.

My floor is cluttered with future projects.  That big sack hanging from the wall is future dog beds, that still need to be chopped up or stuffed into the bed.  That purple basket is fabric that should be used future Doggy blankets.

A view of my cutting table.....I hang my head in shame!

Poor Kellie thought she was in a bad fairy tale!  No you don't get to take a break until all that fabric is on a mini bolt....get to work!

Look what a great job she did! That afternoon!

One evening Kellie and I worked on pillow cases for the 2015 challenge. I cut and ironed.  Kellie worked on pinning the kits together for me.  I have 15 cases ready to sew when Fonzi is working on quilting a quilt.

My fabric is organized by color under my long arm.

I can actually cut fabric at my cutting table.

My sewing machine is actually being used.  I am practicing machine binding on my domestic machine.  My friends Celia and Jan taught me. I am not nearly as good as they are but I hope to be one day.

I had a great time with Kellie this past week.  I also really appreciate that she was willing to help me out with my fabric organization.  What we found out was that Kellie found it relaxing to play with fabric.  A true sister!  I might have sparked another quilter!

Hope everyone has a great week.  Finished projects next week!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I have been busy

Over the last several months I have been kitting fabric for future quilts for the center.

A couple of years ago Jacque J. hosted an annual retreat.  Every year they do a charity project.  This particular retreat everyone was asked to bring 10 inch squares in fall colors.  Above is a sampling of the fabrics donated.  Jacque donated the blocks to Iowa Comfort.

I sorted the fabric and made these 4 kits out of them.  I plan to use the double sliced layer cake pattern from Missouri Star Quilts.  A pattern that goes together really quickly. With all the varying fabric these quilts should turn out awesome! I even have some fall fabric ( picture 2) to use as binding on them.

This fabric or at least the layer cake, was purchased in Anchorage last year when I visited my sister.  It is flannel.  I didn't have quite enough fabric to make a bed size quilt for the center....so it has been setting on a shelf for several months.  Then at Quilt Circle I spotted the fabric to the right.  It was perfect for this quilt.  So the fabric will be cut down into 10 inch squares and I will have enough for a quilt.

Remember fabric that was donated by Fon's and Porter?  There was all that beautiful Asian fabric.  I cut it all down into 10 inch squares.  As a result of several weeks of cutting and sorting I have 8 kits ready to be sewn up.

There was also a large donation of Christmas fabric donated by Fon's and Porter.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  I just could not wrap my head around making bed size quilts out of Christmas fabric or even Hope Quilts.

I spoke with one of the centers staff members at the center and we decided that perhaps we could use that fabric to make quilts to be used as Christmas gifts.  Every year they have residents that do not get adopted.  These lap size quilts will make a perfect gift for those who might not otherwise get a gift.  I think I have six kitted.  I plan to have at least three ready for delivery before the end of the year.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Someone is being sneaky!

You all know that I am not accepting fabric donations.  So imagine my surprise when I came home from the hair dressers to find this propped up between the doors.

That is a full bolt of 108' muslin backing.  

The person that donated the material left me a little note also.

Clearly they knew that I would have thought this to be to big of a donation.

I would like to thank the person who generously donated this material.  Additionally I would like to let you know that I will use the material for backing on 5 large (queen size) panels that were previously donated.

The center will get family bed quilts this year!  Something they can always use. 

Thank you again....whoever you are!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Darn ground hog!

I have to tell you that it has been tough coming back from the Caribbean to this past weeks weather!

Then that darned old ground hog said that we were going to have another 6 weeks of winter.  Kind of got me down, and I put my little mind to work.

I do better with challenges, and since I am going to be inside because of the weather, I thought maybe a sewing challenge.

The centers director recently shared with me their need for pillowcases.  They use them for not only pillowcases, but to distribute school supplies, personal hygiene products and many other purposes.

So I asked the direct question, "How many pillowcases could realistically use in a year?"

I was not prepared for the answer.  The center will use at least 250 pillowcases this year.  Johnna told me that if they had the supply they could probably use 500.  With the supply they would not have to ration their use.

Now I just don't have it in me to ask for the full 500. Somehow that seems greedy to me.  But..... I am going ask for your help, and set a goal of 250 pillowcases by April 1.  That groundhog said it was going to be winter for 6 more weeks!

Yes I know that is a lofty goal, I am hoping we can make it.  Every pillowcase beyond 250 will be a happy blessing.

SO the question is how will we manage to obtain this goal.  I can only see one way.  Well besides sewing of course.... that is asking you to share with your group of friends.  Do you have quilting buddies?  Could you organize a small get together?  What about church groups?  How about starting a challenge at work?

What are the rules for the pillowcases?  They are pretty simple... we just need pillowcases.  They can be all one fabric, they can be ugly, they can be cute, they can be flannel or 100% cotton.  They need to be standard size.  You can Google pillowcase video's and find directions if you need to.

So go through your stash, and find that fabric that needs to be used and make a pillowcase.  

I think you can make one in about 10 minutes start to finish.  And if you can't find any fabric that you can't part with from your stash.... here is your solution.

Jacque at Adel Quilting and Dry Goods has sale fabric!  She put together some possible pairings for us.  So you could help out two organizations at once.  Help out the center by providing a pillow case, help Jacque move some fabric off the sale shelf.

Adel Quilting continues to be a drop off point for Iowa Comfort.  So you can feel free to drop off your finished pillowcases there.  Of course you can give me a call or email me at Debralsemmens@hotmail.com and we can work out a time for dropping them off here.  Your third option would be to mail them to me at:

Iowa Comfort
PO BOX 615
De Soto Iowa 50069

If you are doing a single pillowcase the postage should be minimal.

So there you have it.  250 pillowcases in 6 weeks.  I think we can do it!  I hope we can do it.

Please help, and remember that all of our donations remain in 10 counties in Iowa.  Over half those counties are considered some of the lowest income counties in Iowa.  

A single pillow case will make a difference!  Thanks for even thinking about accepting this challenge.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ask and you shall recieve

Or a better title to this post might be "I have ship for brains".

Either way we now know AGAIN who donated all of those wonderful quilts that I featured in my last post.

I got a message from Jacque J. that she was suffering from short term memory loss.  She quickly explained that those adorable gingham quilts had been made for Iowa Comfort  by JoAnne S. from the Scranton area.

As soon as I read the message I knew that Jacque was being kind.

You see I do not know JoAnne personally....but her name rings a bell, which means that it was me suffering from short term memory loss.  Jacque told me but I did not get it written down and I did not retain the information.

I apologize JoAnne!  I also want to thank you for your generosity.  Most of your donation has already been distributed to a child in need. Your talents have brightened a little person and their parent!

I told you last week that I planned to stay warm.  So this is where I decided to play all last week.

The warm waters of the Caribbean Islands.  Now the alternate title may make a little more sense. I have been in vacation mode and on a ship of some kind for most of the last week.

Now it is time to get back to reality. I have seven customer quilts coming in this week.  That will give me a nice boost to the 2015 budget.  My hand is feeling a little better so I also hope to do some binding this week.  We will see how that works out for me.

Everyone have a great week!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hope quilt donations

I just don't say this often enough.  Quilters are just the best people in the world!  They have generous hearts that reach out and help whenever they can.

Mid December I got a call from my favorite quilt shop owner, Jacque Johnson from Adel Quilting and Dry Goods.  She was alerting me to another donation waiting for me at the shop.  

BTW if you are dropping off for Iowa comfort at the shop, could you also send me an email to let me know.  I just don't want to take advantage of precious space at the shop.

I headed out to pick up the donation.  Much to my surprise, I had 6 finished Hope quilts waiting for me.  Much to my dismay there wasn't a label to let me know who donated these quilts.  PLEASE DON'T DO THAT!  At the very least give me a first name and last initial so I can thank you properly.

Jacque wasn't able to help me out either, so the best I can do is say "Thank you to the generous quilter that made these quilts, whoever and wherever you are.  I appreciate your talents and generosity.  And there will be several little ones that will love their new quilts!"

Lets take a look at the donated quilts.

Here is the first quilt.  So soft and cheerful.  Very similar to a rag quilt, except done in strips. The fabrics are fabulous and could be considered gender neutral.  But for what ever reason it read boy quilt to me.  So the yellow teddy bear is accompanying this quilt to the center.

This is the second quilt.  Very simple a blue checked fabric backed with a solid light blue flannel.  This is a little boy quilt hands down, and I sent a long a little blue teddy bear with it.

The third quilt is a piece of red checked fabric, backed with flannel
I sent the red cardinal along with this quilt.

The fourth quilt is the same fabric choices as the last quilt.  I sent along this beautiful toucan with this quilt.  His red breast matched the color on the back perfectly.

These three quilts are a perfect way to manage your stash.  Not a lot of time piecing but the finished results are going to provide a lot of comfort to a little person, and probably the adult in their life.  I know I will be doing inventory on my fabric very soon to see if I can put together some Hope quilts like this. 

 This quilt was so bright! Done with checked fabric and white sashing.  The backing was an orange and white floral flannel.  Our little biker mama is sticking with this quilt top.  I thought her little jacket went so well with the black checked squares.

Here is the last quilt from this donation.  Do you see the theme of these quilts?  The quilter liked checked fabric, or had a bunch left over from her projects.  And I am so happy she did!  This quilt was  backed with light blue flannel....so it received a biker guy for its toy.

All of these quilts have been delivered to CIAC.  The director of the center happened to be there at the time of delivery.  She immediately honed in on the two red checked quilts.  She explained that they had a set of twins that had just entered one of their facilities.  She loved that they were red, almost identical and I know that those two quilts were ear marked for that set of twins.  Kind of makes me think that someone had a hand in making sure they arrived at the right time.  :-)

As I have sat and written this post, I realized that I may know who donated these quilts.  I seem to remember a quilter working on checked projects.  I also know that the quilts were longarm quilted.  The person I am thinking about has a longarm.  Please let me know if I am correct.  (it will drive me batty, if I don't know....and I don't have that far to go!)

I can properly thank Nancy H and Theresa H for the toys that were donated.  The center tells me that they bring a lot of joy to the children that get them.

Make sure to stop back next week.  I will have pictures  for you all!