Thursday, March 06, 2014

Colorful Strings

The last time the Renegades went on retreat, I urged participants to bring along any orphan blocks they might have to give away. My friend Susan collects them and finds ways to put them to use in mercy quilts. In particular, she likes to make quilts for wounded soldiers and for children of soldiers. The Renegades, of course, did not disappoint; several of them brought offerings. Turbo, in particular, brought a huge pile of scrappy blocks -- there must have been two or three dozen house blocks; it will be fun to see what Susan does with them.

Turbo also brought a dozen string blocks, each of the twelve made up of four smaller blocks. I told her I wasn't going to send them to Susan, but use them for a mercy quilt of my own. In the past couple of weeks when I've been immersed in black and gray, they provided a welcome relief. I sewed them together in rows, found a scrap of batt just the right size, discovered a suitable piece for a back and some already made binding. I even found a couple of unopened skeins of floss, both the same color, even, and got this quilt together over several evenings.

My Circle at church has decided that in the months of the semi-annual rummage sale we will gather things for the Baby Bureau to use in their parcels for needy moms and their children. I like to contribute a quilt or two each time, and I think this one -- thanks to Turbo -- will bring cheer to a mom and warmth to her little one.

7 comments:

Brenda said...

strings quilts are my favourite!

Quiltdivajulie said...

And you already know how I feel about string quilts AND comfort quilts . . . you shared a WIN-WIN with us today!

howdidIgethere said...

Love the bright strings! But I suspect you knew I would...

I have been cleaning out stray blocks and other odds and ends, putting them together in smallish tops that I can machine quilt myself and add to the Baby Bureau in-gatherings. These babies are going to have a wonderful variety of quilts!

Barbara Anne said...

What a gloriously happy quilt! Someone will be overjoyed to receive it and to snuggle with a child under it.

What a great idea to use orphan blocks for this worthy purpose.

Hugs!

LizA. said...

What a cheerful little quilt for a great cause. I've started to work on some quilts for Project Linus in between multiple other projects....

Susan said...

Just had Fran from the Baby Bureau speak set one of my quilt guild meetings. It's a great cause and I'm sure a lucky mom and baby will appreciate your quilt.

Char said...

It's great string quilt! I donated a quilt to the Baby Bureau in Oct. for the first time and hope to do it again soon.