Batik Workshop

Posted by pam on January 17th, 2014

...courtesy of our friends at Northcott who donated beautiful batik samples in every color imaginable.

 

 

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Cindi cut kits to give out at the next workshop at headquarters and the ladies put together some very artistic projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

northcott piecing

This striking quilt is really easier than it looks.  Start with a stack of 9" blocks, Make two cuts so that the center strip is 3" wide, then mix the lights and darks. Don't worry that your blocks look funny.  You will cut them down to 7-1/2". Our quilt is 4 blocks by 5 with a 3-1/2" border.

 northcott quilt

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A Special Tea

Posted by pam on January 4th, 2014

When Silicon Valley Chapter Leader Bonnie Stearns received a request from Michelle Ball, Child Life Specialist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in April, it wasn't for small comfort quilts.  She was asking for two huge quilts, measuring 130" x 70" to use on gurneys transporting children who have passed away from their rooms to the morgue.

 

As much as we hope all the children we comfort survive and thrive, the sad truth is that some do not.  Michelle thought that a beautiful drape made with love would be a last comfort to the families who have to deal with the unthinkable.

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Bonnie agreed and her members got to work.  This photo shows one of the two reversible drapes they made using serene batiks from their stash. 

 

After five months of sewing and quilting, the drapes were presented at a tea given by the hospital staff.

 

Thanks ...

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Another Wonderful Partner Joins Us!

Posted by pam on January 3rd, 2014

Baton Rouge Chapter Leader, Sharon Hicks, just let us in on some very exciting news: John Dauthat, founder, and  Blaine Austin, CEO, of Allbrands, have stepped up to offer support for Quilts for Kids. Giving back to the community has always been a massive part of who they are since their founding in 1976. A visit to their website is just amazing.

 

Blaine

Recently, John and Blaine joined Sharon in delivering quilts to the children at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA. 

 

A few days later, working with Gwenae Darden, Allbrands Education Director and Events Coordinator, Sharon led a fabric drive with surprisingly good results.  The four kits put together by Gwenae sold immediately and were donated back to the Baton Rouge Chapter...and gift certificates totaling $250 were donated from customers.

 

Additionally, Allbrands will be hosting a series of workshops beginning February 1 and February ...

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Thanks, Michael Miller Fabrics!

Posted by pam on December 17th, 2013

michael miller

One of our wonderful partners, Michael Miller Fabrics in New York, sent us boxes and boxes of terrific fabric samples (commonly called "headers") last week.  As the staff unpacked them, the huge variety of patterns and colors became apparent.

 

Just think of the kits we can make!  That translates into a whole lot of quilts for children who need a cuddle.

 

THANK YOU, Michael Miller!

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Quilting Angel

Posted by pam on December 3rd, 2013

barb

We've received the sad news from Coker Creek Chapter Leader, Donna Powers, that one of their best-loved and most prolific Quilters, Barb Prichard, passed away on November 23rd.

 

"She was a true inspiration to others with her generosity."

 

Our thoughts are with her husband of 50 years, Ed.

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