Our Progress

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mystery Quilt update

In February, I told you about a mystery quilter who had sent a beautiful completely finished quilt in a box with no name, no note, no return address.

The quilt was very large - and the places I have been working with were requesting smaller quilts - so I set this one aside, knowing the right time and place would come for this quilt to find a home.

And then just after Halloween, the email came from a friend of mine in Georgia.  Her college roommate lived in the path of Hurricane Sandy - and though her home was intact, she was without power and had taken in her sister and her sister's friend, both of whom had lost their homes entirely.

I can't even imagine -

I think Mom must have "nudged" me - because that night I took my 7 year old son shopping, and we put together a care package of foods, hand warmers, gloves, and other items, bundled them all up with the quilt, and sent them off to Long Island.

A hug passed from Kentucky to Long Island by way of me.

A hug intended to bring comfort and warmth - and though it didn't go to a cancer patient (at least not that I know of) - it did go to someone who is suffering and will be going through a long recovery process.

It felt like the right home for this quilt... thank you again, my mystery quilter.

Monday, November 19, 2012

4 Patches become 16

In this whole experience, the toughest challenge for me has been "taming the chaos" - all these beautiful blocks but with such different fabric choices... setting each of them into something that will make them ALL shine is intimidating at times.

I have posted in the past about my initial approach of strips of 12 similar or identical blocks - and that stripe layout was used in the first few quilts that were donated.

Now I am working with groups of 4 - turning them into 16 patches.  I now have a design wall, so I can toss the blocks up there as I make them and ponder the possibilities of layout into the final quilt.  Each one will take 6x7 of these 16 patches, and I think the finished result will work nicely!  I have a bunch paired up and ready to chain piece - one of the nice things about being home for Thanksgiving and not having to travel is having a little extra bit of sewing time over the weekend.

This year I am thankful for ALL OF YOU and the support you have given me through this project.