Donate a Block–Donate an Organ: Charity Quilt Project

I just love how quilters are so giving!  Many Local Quilt Shops (LQS) have projects for Charity. Pillowcases for Children experiencing Life Altering Medical Issues, Quilts for Cancer Patients and Wounded Warriors, Placemats for Senior Homes and Meals-On-Wheels and even Pet Mats for Shelters.

Sometimes the projects require a lot of time and/or materials.  Sometimes you might want to help but you do not live near the shop.

Here is a project that you can do alone or with your favorite group of quilters.  You can participate with this shop – local or long distance or you can reach out to your own community.  You can do as little as one 6” square block, or make 35 blocks – enough for one quilt – and the shop will have volunteers piece, quilt & bind, or you can make an entire quilt following their guidelines.

The block is merely 6” square and only consists of 2 fabrics.  The background is to be a solid or tonal cream (not tan) and you pick the fabric for the appliqué out of your stash.

Oh, did I forget to mention the block is appliquéd?  You know me and appliqué – not one of my favorite techniques – but there are a number of different ways to do it and lots of tutorials on the web.  This is a simple block – just one piece.  I promise to post a tutorial on how I’m making my block – Fusible, Raw Edge, Machine Stitched Appliqué.  I may even try my hand at some of the other techniques and if I do, I will do tutorials on those, too.

If I can do it, YOU can do it.  Just one block (or more!!).

Carly of Webfabrics in Purcellville, VA, is the angel behind this project.  She introduced this idea on her Facebook page last evening (8/29/2015). I think you can view her page even if you are not a member of Facebook.

Carly said:

As some of you know I made a kidney quilt for my daughter’s practice (she is a PA in Nephrology). The quilt is now hanging on the wall and visible for patients. It makes them smile! Now, how hard would it be for us to make some kidney quilts for dialysis centers? Not at all! A block with an appliqued kidney on it, in your choice of fabrics. This could be a fun fabric, a pretty one, you could write a message and when we sew all these together, it is kind of an i spy kidney quilt for seriously sick people. A sign of care, support from quilters. What do you think? ….  All you would have to do is donate your time, a little piece of fabric for the kidney and some machine or hand applique. Peanuts.

Finished Quilt on Display

And so it got started! See my next post for more details.  This is a work in progress, but a marvelous project to bless the lives of so many people!

I hope you will join me in supporting Carly’s Donate A Block – Donate An Organ.  By the way – I have “I’m an Organ Donor” on my Driver’s License, do you?

Happy Stitching!

Quilt Mouse

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Stop and Smell the Flowers

Taking time to share some pictures along a road trip. Stopped at the Pennsylvania / Maryland State line. The Welcome Center had wild flowers & Sunflowers 8 feet tall!

Flower Garden

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The Week That Was–7/12/2015

This past week I shared on the Fabric Fun Blog a couple of tops I’ve made recently.

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This is the Perfect Pets Pattern.  Finished size is 42” x 53”

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Tuesday Tips – 7/7/2015

I’ve been being kept busy, but I did get some time to check out a few blogs. One subject kept popping up, so I thought I’d share what I found about a pressure foot called – Walking Foot. 

OK – do you know what a  Walking Foot is or where a “Ditch” is on a Quilt? 

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Friday Finds–7/3/2015

I continue to find so many interesting patterns and projects on the Internet.  Sometimes I have to make myself walk away from the computer or else I’d never get any sewing done.

Today I’ve added to my list of patterns to be done one day.  Hope you find something to inspire you!

  • Star Spangled Sky Quilt – Moda Bake Shop has some great projects for the beginner, intermediate or advanced stitcher.  We are so lucky that so many talented designers are sharing their creations with us.

I like star blocks.  One day I plan on making a quilt with star blocks of all the states we have lived in over the years.

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