Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Cookin' At The Sweatshop? Lots on the Menu...

Hi, all!

Wednesday is here again, which means it's time for an update on the quilt ministry!!  And I'm actually early this week - which means I'm not writing this at 9:00 pm on Wednesday night!  Woohoo!

Lots of quilts to show this week, so I'll jump right in...  Joy-filled quilts first, these will be going to three soon-to-be-born babies at our church...

Don't you love that backing?
This cute little boy's quilt was piece by Cindy from orphan blocks we received from a donor (if you recognize them, let me know! I'll give credit where credit is due!) and backed with a great Alexander Henry flannel that someone found at a yard sale!

Detail of quilting - yeah Jolene!
And this sweet little girl's quilt is made using a Lil Twister UFO that was sent to us by Mina, I believe, that we enlarged with a cotton candy pink blender.  It has some fun quilting in the large pink areas.  

This very patriotic little quilt came to us as a donation, needing only binding to finish it off.  Cindy saw it, decided it would make a great baby quilt, and put some binding on!   This baby will be born into a military family, so we think it's a great quilt for this new arrival!

Nice pieced back - enlarge to see the stars
I quilted in!!
Another patriotic quilt, pieced by Emilie - this one is going to a fundraiser for a cancer patient that's being held in July.  We thought the patriotic theme would be perfect!!

This beautiful quilt was also pieced by Emilie, and is going to a woman who is battling cancer.  Aren't those colors just beautiful?  (The red is a little brighter than life in the picture because of the sun behind it...)

This beauty was pieced by Debora, a quilt ministry member.  It is going to a young mother who was in a very bad car accident, and is facing several months of recuperation.

And this wonderful apple core quilt, donated by an anonymous quilter, will be going to a couple who just suffered a devastating loss.  Our prayer is that this quilt will bring them some comfort in a very difficult time, and remind them that people are praying for them....

And I am so-o-o-o glad to see this last quilt finished!  You might recognize the blocks - they are from Amy's Simple Sampler quilt along that happened sometime back in 2010.  Well, I'm ashamed to say they've been sitting in my UFO stack since then.... but not any more!  Thanks to master-piecer Kathy, now they are part of a quilt that is going to a young single mother in Arkansas.  She is going through chemo for breast cancer, in addition to working and taking care of her duties at home.  Being a single mom is hard enough - I can't imagine dealing with breast cancer on top of that!  Many prayers and good wishes go along with this quilt; we even quilted one of our wishes in the top!

So that's what we've been working on this week in The Sweatshop!!  Whew!  We've been busier than I thought!  But it's so nice to have our new space, and I think it helps us get stuff done faster!  

Many thanks to all of you whose donations helped create the quilts shown above!!  We couldn't do it without you!!



Oh - and one more thing - jump over and check out my friend Beth's blog, Plum and June!  She's doing lots of fun things over there and there's a giveaway going on right now!!  Don't miss it!


  1. Beautiful quilts! My favorites are the apple core and the Simple Sampler quilts. They're really beautiful!

  2. I'm just in awe every time you post the week's quilts. They are so beautiful and special. I like the apple core - I've seen that pattern before. And thank you so much for the link to my site - you are so sweet.

  3. Love, love, love all the quilts! It's great to have so many finishes this week.


  4. Oh my goodness! These are stunning!
    I can't choose a favorite!!!!

  5. Beautiful, beautiful quilts! I really love the apple core! Gotta love scrappy!

  6. Beautiful, beautiful quilts! You ALL do such a wonderful job of sharing God's love in a tangible way.

  7. I just want to commend all of you on the wonderful work you are doing with the talents that God has given are blessed and blessing the lives you are touching.

  8. I'm not sure how long I've been following you - no longer than since Christmas. I just want to say I appreciate the work you do and I especially appreciate how much thought seems to go into who gets what quilt. As a new quilter I honestly enjoy making quilts and giving them away but I find it hard to match what I want to sew on vs. what I think the person will like! So I am striving to be more like your ministry! Plus I'm thankful that I can also just buy pretty fabric, make lap quilts, and donate them at Christmas to our church!

  9. Another group of Wonderful quilts! Certain to provide much comfort and warmth.


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