Charity Breeds Contentment + a Giveaway
Hi, there - I'm taking a break from the commissioned quilt to bring you a TGIFF post for this Friday.One of my favorite quilting endeavors is making charity quilts. When I started quilting in 1986 I made myself some quilts and then some for family as most quilters do. But once I had a twin bed in my guest room piled high with all the ones I hadn't gifted, I knew I had to find another outlet. That turned out to be easy - the Guild I belong to has community service projects: quilts for kids, pets, Veterans, girls in Foster care, happy bags for children with Cancer, preemie quilts - you name it! Most of them are small and easy to put together quickly. After making these quilts, I realized I found a huge sense of contentment in creating and giving away these tokens of caring. Also, there are quite a few advantages for me, the quilter, in making them, too.
- I test out new block patterns,
- practice machine quilting,
- diminish my stash,
- try new techniques,
- solidify friendships with fellow quilters as we meet to work on these quilts
to name just a few. But the nicest feeling comes from seeing a quilt recipient's surprise and happiness recieving an unexpected token of solidarity. Below are my latest finishes (completed just before I started the quilt I'm working on).
This is a Veteran's Quilt - 36" by 45" made from 9 1/2" squares. They are given to vets in our local Veteran's hospital for their bed or as lap quilts or when using a wheelchair.
Then there is this one for our local low income Mommy & Me clinic:
This is a self binding recieving blanket. It took all of 10 minutes of sewing to make using two squares. You can see the tutorial by Jenny Doan here . And as Jenny suggested, I used one of my machine's stitches to close the pocket left for turning.
Learning, crafting, sharing - that's what charity quilts are all about - and feeling good :).
Okay I'd like to invite you to share your finish on this TGIF Friday. Below is the linky to let us view your eye candy. I have 100 (3/4") hexagon paper pieces and a fat quarter as a thank you for someone who links up to my party. You can try a new technique and maybe make your own charity quilt with them. Note: Link up those fabulous finishes below and don't forget to tour the other finishes and spread the comment love! Please include a link to my post so your visitors can come back here and see other fab finishes. Ends Saturday morning to give everyone a chance to link up.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks, too, to Laura and M-R for starting TGIFF (Look over in the right hand sidebar). Lastly, visit Quilts are For Giving and St Anne's Sewdality for charity quilt inspiration. The possibilities are endless.