Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hands2Help 2019 - Guest Blogger Kathy and Our First Check-In!

Hi, all!

Well, another week has passed in this year's Hands2Help Challenge - how are your quilt(s) coming along?  I've been seeing so many beautiful quilts on Instagram, and each one makes me smile!  Today we get to meet another Hands2Help-er, Kathy, who blogs over at Kathy's Kwilts and More.  I've been a (bad?) influence on Kathy, who occasionally joins me in making a to-do list on Monday and sharing it with the world.  She also participates in a LOT of blog hops - I'm always amazed at how much she does!  After Kathy shares with us, you'll have a chance to link up and share your progress so far - so hang in to the end, and I'll share more about how to do that!  So let's get to it - I'm turning the blog over to Kathy!

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I am so excited to be one of the guest bloggers for Sarah.  I have watched her Hands2Help for a couple of years, and kept thinking I needed to do this.  Well, this is the year.

Let me give a brief intro about myself.  I am mom to 5,  mom in law to 3, and grandma to 7 (8th is due in August and we will have 4 of each).  I work full time as a professional seamstress and I can't wait to get home to sew and quilt.


I learned to hand quilt from my mom and then after I got married and had a baby,  I decided I wanted to learn to quilt.  I have been quilting off and on for the last 35 years.   I love quilting and sharing with others.


Currently I am a quilt maker and finisher with SBB Heartbuilders through Cotton Cuts.  This is something I donate my time to do.  I will sometimes make a quilt from start to finish with fabrics they have sent me, or I will quilt and bind the tops that other quilters have made.  These quilts are sent to them, and they donate them quarterly to programs that can use them.  They currently have no available openings.


For this year's hands2help program, I am going to get my quilts to Emily who is working with Primary Children's hospital in Utah.  I love Primary Children's hospital and I want to help patients there.   They give quilts to all of their patients.  I have had friends who have had kids there for a number of reasons.  I have had one of my grandsons there.   Emily also donates quilts to Huntsman Cancer institute and dang if I haven't had loved ones there as well. My mother in law went through treatment for breast cancer and my dad went through treatment for leukemia.  Unfortunately, my dad leukemia came back 3 times and he did not survive it.  So, if I can give at least a bit of comfort to some patients with my quilts, I will definitely do so.


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Thanks for sharing with us, Kathy - it's always interesting to learn more about the people who participate in the Challenge!  

And now it's your chance to link up and share your progress so far in the Challenge!  You can link up to an Instagram photo, a blogpost, a Flickr post - the sky's the limit!  If you don't do any of those social media-type things, you can email me a picture of your quilt and I will be happy to link it up for you.  And it doesn't have to be finished at this point - you can just share progress shots if you want.  This is just a chance for us to cheer each other on and/or be inspired by what others are doing.  So jump right in and show off!  I can't wait to see what you're working on!

Hugs!

Sarah

6 comments:

  1. Thanks to Kathy for sharing her story, and I LOVE that first quilt on her post!!

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    1. Linda,

      That was my Winnie the Pooh quilt. My oldest daughter decorated her nursery in Winnie the Pooh theme and I gave her this quilt and her 2 year old son decided it is his. Guess I need to make a new one for the baby.

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  2. Sarah,

    Not a bad influence at all. I need to get back to my make a list Monday.

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  3. Nice to hear about others in the quilting arena-thanks!

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  4. What a heartfelt story from Kathy. Her quilts are also beautiful. It's fun to see all of the H2H progress, too.

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  5. Glad to see all the progress being made. I'm behind (as usual), but have fabric chosen and will be doing two small quilts for Jack's Baskets which I'm saving for a quilt retreat in two weeks. So I'll get there.
    Pat

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