2014 Charity Quilting Continues

I got a little ahead of myself with my charity quilting this month in one of my chosen categories, right on target with another category and am praying I can get the third category caught up before the end of April!  What really happened is that I had cut out the fabrics for both a Quilted Lovie and a LWR quilt and they were cluttering my mind when I went into my sewing room.  The only way I figured I could remedy this was to put together and finish the two projects so my sewing room wasn’t AS cluttered with unfinished projects…making room on my sewing and cutting tables for other projects that needed to be completed.

As you will recall, I vowed to make one Lutheran World Relief (LWR) quilt, one Quilted Lovie and one Military Veteran’s Quilt each month.  You can see my previous LWR quilts here.  You can see the February and March Quilted Lovies here.

May

May 2014 LWR Quilt

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2014 April Quilted Lovie

How are YOU doing on your charity quilts for 2014?

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    Flashback Tuesday: TT 25 Days Until Christmas BOM Project from BOMquilts.com

    Again, it’s never too early to start planning your quilting projects for the holidays!  This is another 2007 six month block of the month quilt that was used as my “Christmas in July” special section on the BOMquilts.com website.  This vibrant quilt was a blast to make and it goes very quickly if you can cut all of your blocks out at once.  These are two examples of the blocks that go into this BOM quilt:

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    These types of patterns never go out of season – whether you make them with current or your stash fun fabrics or with Christmas fabrics.  Pull up your sewing machine and sit a spell with this quilt design!

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      A Gramma from Tramma Story

      My Gramma from Tramma was so very special to me.  I truly believe her love was part of the reason I turned out better than some of my siblings.  She loved me unconditionally and everyone in the family knew that I was her favorite granddaughter.  Now, it’s no secret that she liked to visit her favorite watering hole.  It has been said that back in the days when they were raising their family, they were most likely alcoholics.  But, that didn’t taint my unending love for them as they had definitely mellowed by the time I was old enough to realize my relationships with them.

      And now it’s time to document another family story.

      We lived on a farm in Iowa.  There were five kids in our household, plus our parents.  Unfortunately, our mom was not up to the challenge of raising five kids so we always had someone in our house to help care for us.

      Mom and Dad decided they wanted to go out for an evening.  Gramma from Tramma was left in charge…but, Dad warned her, before he left, that she was to stay out of his beer in the fridge.  He teased her often about various things, but he knew she couldn’t resist having a beer or six after us kids went to bed.

      Our bedtime was 7 pm, whether it was winter or summer.  On the night I’m talking about, we were bathed and put to bed on time.  I usually sat up and bonked against the headboard until I was able to fall asleep.  I’m sure Gramma hollered at me a time or two to quit my bonking and get to sleep.

      As I laid down, getting ready for slumber…all of a sudden we heard Gramma yell really loud.  Of course, we were terribly worried about whatever she was hollering about but we were all reluctant to get out of our beds to go see.  Gramma never stopped hollering so we all got up and crept to the kitchen area to figure out what was going on.  At that point, Gramma was hollering and laughing at the same time.  We were totally confused.  But, she told us everything was okay and we needed to get back to bed.  Reluctantly, the five of us returned to our rooms.

      The next day, we found out what had happened.  Dad had placed a mousetrap under the fridge, RIGHT where someone who was going to sneak into the fridge would get caught.  And Gramma got caught!  That mousetrap caught her big toe and that’s why she was hollering and laughing.  Dad had played yet another joke on her!  Oh my, the laughter over that incident has never ceased when we talk about it.  In fact, I have a hard time talking about it without laughing my fool head off!  Once she saved her big toe from the mousetrap, she raided the fridge for Dad’s PBR and drank herself through Dad’s stash.

      What fun we have had, over the years, repeating that story.  And I document it here for my kids…so they know there was fun and laughter despite the trials and tribulations that happened later in our youth.

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        Special Quilting on a Military Veteran’s Quilt

        When I give my longarm quilter a quilt, I rarely ask for her to do a pattern.  She is the expert and she quilts my quilts with love.  I did ask for stars to be used when quilting this special Military Veteran’s quilt.  But, Meloney went way further and quilted the quilt with both stars and a little bit of micro-quilting where I had placed raw edge applique.  I am sure the recipient of this quilt will treasure it, in part because it is made especially for him and in part because of the beautiful quilting Meloney has done.

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          Time for Another Quilted Lovie!

          My husband is no longer preaching n’teaching at the church he was an interim lay minister for in south Texas.  But, there were two very special girls who almost always attended and participated in the children’s sermons.  There were other children in attendance who received my Quilted Lovies because my husband baptized them.  But, the two little girls were already baptized when my husband started his ministry with that church…and we wanted to do something special for them as they loved my husband to pieces and gifted him with special items or notes.  Those two little girls had to leave the potluck gathering the church had to thank my husband because they were so upset that he was leaving.  So, once I get this Quilted Lovie finished, he can send the two girls their own Quilted Lovies to help them remember him!

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          Please join me in making Quilted Lovies!  Free patterns are on the Quilted Lovies website!

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