Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Mercy Quilt and a Give-Away

A few months back two quilters wrote me to see if I wanted to take over some projects that no longer interested them. They thought I might want to complete the projects for the hospice. They were right.

These WIPs have been loitering in plain sight so that I don't forget them. Tonight as I was -- at last! -- cutting the blades for my Dresden Plates, I thought it was time to get started on one of them. Julie had sent not only a batch of beautiful blocks, but also yardage for bordering, binding, and backing. The fabrics are the kind I admire but can't work with -- I don't seem to know how to get them to play nicely together. But Julie had managed beautifully. I didn't count the blocks but began laying them out in a barn raising setting and came up one short. There weren't 64, but rather 63! So I came up with another layout and have two rows finished, and a bunch of leader-endered blades, too. It won't take long to get this beauty together. Please do click on the photo to see Julie's fabrics.

Recently I've learned that Rebuilding Together, an organization with an active branch in Philadelphia, is happy to receive quilts to share with their homeowners upon completing projects. The Uvulati have thought that we might each make a mercy quilt to give to Rebuilding in September. I'll need to check with Julie (and also with Blogless Kathy) to see if they are wedded to their quilts going to hospice or if they think Rebuilding might be an equally worthy recipient.

Someone gave me a copy of The Cross Country Quilters a few weeks ago, and I began reading it, but as is usually the case for me with Jennifer Chiaverini's books, it wasn't to my taste. If you'd like to have it, leave a comment, and sometime on Friday I'll draw a name and try to get it in Monday's mail to the recipient.

8 comments:

Janet O. said...

I like the name "mercy quilt". Good of you to finish up the projects.
I wanted to leave a comment on the quilt, but I don't need the book. I bought it second-hand on vacation last summer--my first of her books.

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

I would love to have a book I haven't yet read and will pass it along after I have finished reading it. I have a quilter friend in Oakland who is also a pleasure reader-perhaps she would enjoy it...

floribunda said...

I was a volunteer for one of the local Rebuilding Together chapters (and served on the board for a few years, too!) They're a great organization -- haven't thought about them for quilts before but I'll have to check into it. (I'm not much of a Jennifer Chaverini fan either...)

dpagel52 said...

Would love to read this book. Just started her books and really enjoy them. When I'm finished, I'll pass them on to our quilting guild members!, thanks for the give a way...

Quiltdivajulie said...

So glad to find another not-a-JenniferC-fan. I've tried numerous times to read her books, but have never made even half-way into one.

Rebuilding Together aounds like a marvelous destination for the quilt-to-be on your design wall (7 x 9 was my original plan, hence the 63 blocks). Very happy that it will find a good home.

HUGS to you!!

Gari said...

What a lovely quilt that is going to be. You are so lucky to be able to finish it. I don't need the book, I have all of her's and am currently reading the latest one.

Bobbi said...

7 x 9 = 63, so maybe she did mean 63 not 8x8 = 64? Looking good, no matter what!

I like the idea of Rebuilding Together, do you know more about the organization? Who are the clientele?

Bobbi

Quilting Corner said...

I would enjoy this book. I've read almost all of Jennifer's books. Thanks for the opportunity.