It is now officially fall! Can you believe it? This year has absolutely flown by - and now it's time to start thinking about Christmas. Oh my!! But it's also now quilting season - the happiest time of the year! So it's all good….
Let's see how I did on last week's list - one that was short and sweet...
1. Quilt the Moda Love top I put together over the weekend.
Done! I love love love the way this turned out!
This quilt will be used to raise money for Nathanael's adoption!
2. Start cutting out pieces for a commission quilt.
Done! Well, started anyway - we're still making some color decisions so this is all I can do until those are made. But it's nice to have it started!
3. Start on a t-shirt commission quilt.
Done! I cut the t-shirt blocks today, and cut the sashing and cornerstones. Next up, assembling the top!
4. Cut strips for a bunch of kids' quilts for a homeless ministry.
Started! I've cut up five pieces of yardage, but I've got another dozen to do yet. Then I'll pull all of these into sets for jelly roll race quilts. Easy and fast for our new members!
5. Keep up with quilt ministry needs as they arise.
Done! It's been a busy week for the quilt ministry, but thankfully, because of how hard Rita has been working this summer, we had quilts to fill most of the needs already finished.
This quilt went to a young woman with emotional issues…
This one went to a new little baby boy...
This one is going to a woman in California who had a stroke...
…and this one to a gentleman who was in a terrible car accident.
This one is now comforting a woman who had surgery for breast cancer this week...
…and this one now belongs to a woman battling cancer.
This quilt went to a 16-year old boy in our church who suffered a brain bleed yesterday, and had surgery to remove a clot the size of two fists. Please keep him in your prayers, as the next 48 hours are critical for him.
And as usual, I have a couple I forgot to take pictures of - one went to a woman in New Orleans with cancer, and the other to a young woman in Florida just diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
September has been a very busy month for the quilt ministry - thirty-one quilts already given away this month, and there's still another week to go! Whew!
I also spent a large part of the week making backs and bindings so Rita can keep cranking out finished quilts, and I put the binding on nine quilts that are now ready to be given out!
OK, so that was last week - busy busy busy! But it's so wonderful to have quilts finished and ready to go out at a moment's notice. When the call came in for a quilt for the teenager with the brain bleed, we were able to get one out to the hospital within in a couple of hours.
I'm also seeing that we may actually give away our 1000th quilt this year - we are currently at 882 given away, and we are planning to send another 50 with the high school mission team in October. We're also planning to send some children's quilts to a local homeless mission. And if the need continues as it has for the past two months (57 quilts given away since the beginning of August) we should make that 1000 mark.
And here's what I'll be working on this week…
1. Assemble the t-shirt commission quilt top and back.
2. Quilt the t-shirt commission quilt.
3. Order the fabric for the other commission quilt.
4. Cut more fabric into strips for jelly roll quilts.
5. Put together jelly roll race quilt kits.
6. Make more quilt backs and bindings.
7. Process new fabric donations at church.
8. Start cleaning/sprucing up the house for a fundraiser party
in three weeks.
9. Keep up with any ministry needs that arise.
Whew! I think that's enough to keep me out of trouble, don't you? At least I won't be bored… ;-)
And now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?