Monday, November 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday 11-16-2015

My big finish this week was actually working on pillowcases on Saturday with Country Piecemakers. Friday I made a couple of Christmas ones to turn in Saturday morning. 
Before we started sewing Alison Eichler, the coordinator for the Richmond area,  spent a few minutes talking to us about Konker Cancer and it's new name Ryan's Case for Smiles.  You can read more about this wonderful group at its website Alison shared the fact that volunteers have now made and donated over one million (1,000,000) pillowcases.  Wow.  It's taken many years to get to that goal but if you have sewn even one of these pillowcases, pat yourself on the back.

My small guild, Country Piecemakers has been making pillowcases since 2010.  This past Saturday we completed 156 cases with less than 20 ladies working away. Our pillowcase guru was well organized and had cases in various stages of sewing so everyone could get started at the same time.  Since 2010 we've made and donated 1841 pillowcases.  Amazing when you realize that we are a group that averages around 41 members.  

These pillowcases are in addition to making baby quilts for a local NICU and small lap quilts for a local nursing home.  Without a doubt quilters are amazingly generous.

Here's one of the two quilts I turned in on Saturday.  This is going to the nursing home. This was a mystery quilt from Mysteries for Relay.  The original quilt was finished years ago but I had extra blocks left.  I decided to add some more to it and make another smaller quilt.  It's off my UFO list and in process of getting into the hands of a senior citizen. I quilted it with African Samba edge to edge from Apricot Moon.  I don't remember for sure but I would guess the thread is So Fine.  Love the quilting design but my guess is it will look even better on a less busy quilt.  I love that you can see it on this picture.  The block design is Buckeye Beauty that you can find at Quilter's Cache.

I feel like I did pretty well on the goals considering several things took precedence over the planned goals. 
Week of November 9, 2015
Quilt donation quilts (yep, 2)

Finish setting triangles for Easy Street
Make up cross stitch ornaments Oops… didn’t get to this
Finish another pair of mittens Got one mitten done but too big
Add border to Zig Zag quilt
And this week: 
Week of November 16, 2015
Quilt Jelly Roll Quilt 1
Continue sewing Easy Street together
Make up cross stitch ornaments
Enjoy time with Sophie and Natalie
Take down Halloween decorations and put up Thanksgiving…
Order embroidery thread as needed

Sophia, Natalie and their parents are coming down for the weekend.  We're still figuring out what to do.  Hum, I wonder if they would like to go to the Peanuts movie.  That would be entertaining for all of us.  I was hoping to take them to a play but the tickets sold out while I was trying to find out if they had age limits on the ticket sales.  Maybe some other time. 

I'm linking up with Monday Makings, Main Crush Monday and Design Wall Monday.  Check them out to see what's being worked on in quilt studios across the globe. 

That's it from me.  I'm hoping that soon I'll be able to share something I've had under wraps since before last Christmas. (I'll admit I'm still working on things from last Christmas!!!YIKES.) 

Happy Quilting! 


  1. Thanks for the updated information about ConKer. Our guild's 2014 charity night was spent making dozens of pillowcases for that organization. Hooray for finishing the donation quilts! And your Easy Street is nearly pieced!

  2. Kudos to you and your Guild for making and donating so many pillowcases!

  3. That Buckeye Beauty is a good looking quilt! It has lots of energy but it's not overpowering. I think someone will be thrilled with it!

  4. Those pillowcases are too cute for words! It looks like your group has so much fun sewing together. :) Thanks for linking to MCM - have a great week!

  5. OOh! Love that quilt you donated. Lovely.

  6. That's so great that there are such groups that try to help others while doing different charity stuff. Thanks them alot.


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