Thursday, March 16, 2017

2016 Finished Quilts - Thimbleberries Sunset - #18

Sorry this is out of order again, but I gave this quilt away this week(please read all the way to the end for important information of where this quilt was given)  so I took some quick pictures and can now right a post about it.

This UFO is from 2005.  It was a BOM by Thimbleberries annual club program.  Only this year, Thimbleberries started to offer two color ways, and two sizes.  I happen to selected to to both colors.  

This one is the darker of the two, and is called Sunset.  It is the smaller size coming out to be approximately 64" by 64".    

It is a mix of a sampler, with alternating blocks that are the same.  Interesting concept, but I don't like the size.  Not long enough to put on a bed, so it just is a simple "couch throw".

This is a picture of the blocks up closer showing the house in the middle, and a tree in the corner.  Not exactly what the other blocks are supposed to represent?  Your guess is as good as mine....

Most, if not all my Thimbleberries quilts are backed with a light fabric from any thimbleberries line.  Some of the kits I bought from Thimbleberries always had a light back, so I kept  up doing the same in quilts and kits that didn't come with a backing.  I bound it in one of the red fabrics in the quilt, and now it's done.

Now, for the best part of the post.  I follow a long arm quilter in my state when she put out this post a couple of weeks ago:

Hello fellow quilt lovers! I am reaching out in a attempt of getting some help.
As most of you know, I founded a non-profit "Quilts for Cops" where we make/send handmade quilts to First Responders (Police, Fire & EMT's) who are injured in the line of duty.I Started this in the Fall and at first the numbers were high but not unmanageable. Since then, the numbers of First Responders has truly become overwhelming, often with as many as five or six per day.We now have over 80 on our waiting list for these quilts which are being sent nationwide.If you have time, could you possibly make a quilt top? Heck, we'd even take "mostly made" UFO's that maybe all we need to do is add borders to...or orphan blocks that we can use to throw together in a quick easy lap quilt.Our only requirements are that they be of good quality fabric....size of approx 60x80 (give of take 6 inches)...they are meant to be lap Quilts, not bed Quilts. We are in desperate need of "guy friendly" colors/prints since 98% on our list are men. I have the ability to long arm quilt them, so that's not a problem. If you wish to send a finished quilt it must be machine Quilted...we want these to withstand use & washing.
We can provide a tax deductible receipt to you. They can be shipped toQuilts for Cops7601 NE Blackburn RdYamhill, OR 97148You can like/follow us on Facebook under Quilts for Cops or check out our website www.quiltsforcops.comThank you for any assistance you can provide. It's for a great cause!
After reading this post, I knew I could send one or two of my finished quilts to this cause.  I selected this one to be the first one to be sent, as it is dark colors, and would be very suitable for a man nice couch throw.

Size: 64" X 64"
Fabric Lines Used:  Thimbleberries 
Pattern: Sunset BOM 2005 Club
Designer:  Lynette Jenson
Long Arm Quilter:  Carol Logan Nelson
Year Began: 01/2005
Year Completed: 09/2016


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Quilts of Valor Stars 2017 Project - February Block - Heart

I said I would be back to show you the February block for the Quilt of Valor Stars project.  This block is easier than it looks, and went together faster than I realized.  Actually the cutting out the block pieces took longer than sewing it together!

This is the pattern, if you are interested in making a block for our group.  You can find the information and all about the project here.

This is my first attempt at this block, using the scraps from January.  I need to make at least another one, as the group would really like blocks to come in pairs.  

I have been very busy working on a full complete quilt for this group, so I haven't gotten to getting this other block done.  I will be posting more about the full quilt in a few days.

I have been out of town every weekend since the new year, doing trade shows with my husband.  When possible, I visit a local quilt shop, and I have been able to pick up some appropriate fabric for future blocks and quilts for the QOV Stars project.

I am hoping to get to making some blocks this week and next week, as the weather will keep me inside.  It is and supposed to be raining here for the next two weeks.  Sigh.  I guess that's better than snow, right?

I also have been up to my eyeballs in that four five letter word - TAXES.  Our tax return has 17 schedules and forms.  SEVENTEEN.  I can remember it being only two.  But, that is behind us now and I can get back to quilting, gardening, and anything else that might be fun.