I Spy Donations
A friend from Dallas gave me bags and boxes of fabrics — someone had donated so much to their quilt group, that they were spreading it to out-of-town friends! Some of it was in large pieces, and I made those into pillowcases:
A lot of the fabric was already cut into squares — a natural for I Spy quilts. I am not choosing squares randomly; I am doing some designing, and I am making four quilt tops at once! Once I have my choices for each row, I am repeating them three times. I am hoping that will help me get them together quickly.
Of course I needed a few new fabrics to fill in, and over Labor Day weekend, I ventured into a quilt shop for the first time in a year (my local quilt shop closed last fall). And then I ordered some online, a large enough order that I felt I had to warn my husband in case he noticed it on the bank statement.
He took it well, then just pointed to my quilt collection (which takes up two large shelving units in our living room), and said, “You know, I think there are some quilting supplies over there. Just saying.” (I did not try to explain that those are vintage quilts, not new fabric.)
There was enough of this fish fabric to make a crib quilt top:
and a zoo animal panel that I surrounded with pre-cut squares in two sizes:
— and lots of patriotic fabric. I turned some into this lap quilt top for the VA hospital.
I haven’t quilted any of these yet. For some reason, I feel like it is less messy to have a stack of tops than to have stack of cut pieces! I am having so much fun melding all these different fabrics into tops!
Wow! You’ve been so productive! Lovely.
“You’ve been so productive!” says the woman who writes poetry and draws and pulls together creative resources and interviews creative people and puts up new posts a few times a day… 🙂 You leave me in the shade! But thank you!
I agree with you, assembled tops are much less worrying than bits of fabric! I think I’m super fortunate in my husband. If I’m a bit down, or stressed, he’ll say “Don’t you need some new fabric…?” I like the fish quilt top best.
I love that line! I think I will repeat it quietly in my husband’s ear while he is sleeping, and hope that it works like a hypnosis tape. 🙂
Good luck, and I hope it’s effective for you 🙂
Busy, busy, busy! Well done! You make me feel like a slacker. 😉
Well, it has been several months since I showed anything I made! I had a lot of catching up to do. 🙂
These are wonderful I know they will be well enjoyed!
You’ve been busy! This is a wonderful collection of quilts and pillow cases you’ve stitched up. I hope you are keeping happy and well 🙂
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Thank you, Chris
You never cease to amaze me with all you achieve, just beautiful, as always .
My friend who scrapbooks and the other friend who crochets says you can never have too much paper/fabric/yarn!
I’m so impressed with the things you’ve shown that were made from your fabric gift! Great use of the fabric, and especially right now when I think donations are down a lot of places.
Thank you! I am so happy to do it and just wish I could go faster! 🙂
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Wow! You got right on that fabric with so many donation quilts! I like them ALL 🙂
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