Monday, October 26, 2020

Monday Meandering 10 - 26 - 2020

Around September 20th I decided I wanted to donate some quilts to either Oregon or Washington to go to people who had lost their houses in the fires.  My cousin Marilyn lives in Washington so I asked her if she knew anyone who was organizing quilt collections.

Within a few days she came up with a school district in Bridgeport, Wa. You can read more about the devastating fire there here. The article said 17 structures were destroyed.  Marilyn is friends with a sister of one of the principals in the Bridgeport School District.  The principal was happy to be able to receive quilts for the students whose families lost their homes.  We emailed back and forth and finally found out there were 14 students in the school district who lost their homes.  They were in grades kindergarten (triplet boys) up to 11th grade. My task was set.   

I always have extra quilts hanging around in my quilt closet or on quilt racks around the house so I knew I could probably come up with enough quilts. I was also in contact with two of my quilting friends around that time. They each donated a quilt to the effort.  I only needed 12 more. I was able to find 8 quilts that were completely done and ready to go.  My plan was to quilt one top and make 3 similar but slightly different Happy Quilts for the triplets.  If you've been reading my blog over the last few weeks you probably have seen my pictures of the 3 Happy Quilts.  The centers of these Happy Blocks were from charm packs from a kit from Craftsy (or maybe Blueprint after the name changed.) Having been an elementary media specialist I knew it was best to have similar quilts for the triplets. Here are the three. The major difference was the color of the alternating blocks. 




And here are some of the other quilts that went to Washington.





Evidently I didn't have pictures of all the quilts. I did get some pictures of quilts in the process of getting organized.  This was a group of quilts that "made the cut" so to speak.  I found out I had a lot more quilts available with pinks and purples than quilts without pink and purple.  
Below is a bird's eye view of the first group of quilts.  I was surprised that I couldn't find pictures of several of these quilts full on.  The R,W, & B quilt was going to go to TAPS this year but it was canceled.  This seemed a good cause to send it to rather than hold it for next year.  The green and purple one is a flannel quilt my friend Marlyn and I made together.  


And here is one of the boxes ready for the quilts to be "squished" to fit in.  I sent 12 quilts in 2 boxes weighing a little over 22 pounds.   
I was relieved when Marilyn let me know she received them.  She delivered them to the principal over the weekend.  Today, the students should be getting their quilts. I'm looking forward to hearing back from the school district when the kids all get their quilts.  It's been a lot of work but it feels great to have done something to help, even though it is such a small thing. 

I'm linking up with my favorite linky parties: Oh ScrapMonday Making, and Design Wall Monday. Join me for a little surfing! 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 










17 comments:

  1. Bonnie, that is so generous! Those quilts are going to be so loved. And great idea to give the triplets similar, but unique, quilts!

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  2. Wonderful and colorful and thoughtful, Bonnie!

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  3. Fantastic! Your donation will touch more lives than just these children. Bless you.

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  4. What a wonderful lady you are but we already knew that!

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  5. What a wonderful thing to do!

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  6. wow so fantastic....it's what quilters do you know...

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  7. GREAT bunch of quilts, and those first ones are especially inspiring me to use some of my gifted squares. I'll have trudge thru our snow to get to the garage where my stash has migrated!

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  8. All wonderful quilts that will be admired, cherished, and hopefully dragged around, made into forts, and cover favorite toys and pets :)

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  9. Oh Bonnie that is an amazing generous thing you and your friends have done. Pat yourselves on the back please! I love the idea with the charm squares in the first 3 quilts. Easy peasy and very pretty.

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  10. That's a fabulous and generous thing that you and your friends have done! I'm sure that the quilts will all be loved and appreciated! :-)

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  11. How wonderful to share your talent to help others!! I get my new mid arm tomorrow and I hope to use it to cover others in comfort.

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  12. THANK YOU for this wonderful donation! Those kids sure can use a quilty hug right now, and these quilts are just the ticket. Very smart to make three similar Happy Block ones for the triplets, too :)

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  13. What a WONDERFUL way to LOVE others with a quilt. Thank you for sharing all the details. I was encouraged to read about this project you took on. Wow!

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  14. Love that you are sending love to the kids! The Triplet quilts are fantastic and I know they will love them! Wowsa! Have a great week!

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  15. That was so awesome that you were able to touch those children's lives! Looking forward to hearing how they reacted when they get their quilts!

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  16. You are such a dear! I’m certain your generous donation will be so much appreciated! Thank you for commenting on my blog. With the latest changes, I’m unable to figure out how to receive email notifications of comments. I’m so discourage with blogger, I haven’t posted since they’ve 'made it even better'. ~sigh~

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  17. What a special thing to do. The triplets quilts are really bright and fun. Hopefully it will help all the kids that get one to feel a bit better. I can't imagine the loss they've felt.

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