Sunday, April 18, 2021

Hands2Help - Meet Guest Blogger Joy @ The Joyful Quilter

 Hi, all!

Sunday means another Hands2Help post, and this week we are welcoming guest blogger Joy from The Joyful Quilter!  Joy is definitely joyful, and her delightful blog is great evidence of that.  Stop by and visit her - I guarantee you won't be disappointed.  Today she will be sharing a bit of her love for charity quilting and how she worked to meet needs that came to her attention, so I will turn the blog over to her now!


Welcome to my GUEST BLOGGER post for Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict's 2021 Hand2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!!  I'm still a little shell-shocked that Sarah agreed to have me do a GUEST BLOGGER gig for this year's event.  My name is Joy and I blog at The Joyful Quilter.  I am primarily a scrap quilter, which is why I enjoy Sarah's blog so much.  I own an APQS Millennium longarm quilting machine which I like to keep hopping.  I quilt for myself and for some of my friends, but I also have a heart for charity quilting.

LWR Mission Quilt Drive Project Review...

The project that took on a life of its own...

You may recall the BIG explosion in August 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.  Jo @ Jo's Country Junction announced it to her readers.  (Scroll down to the bottom of the post.)  Not long after, I jumped into action.  I didn't have any grand plans.  I thought I would offer my readers a chance to get involved, if they so chose.  My goal was to collect enough 10.5" squares to make 4 or 5 quilts to donate.

Who would have guessed where we would be today???

Not I, you can be sure!  The project bloomed beyond my wildest imagination.  To date, blog readers and friends have assembled 20 quilt tops, with more in the making. Between Britt @Britt_Quilts, Louise @ My Quilt Odyssey, and myself, we have quilted 13 of the quilts made for Lutheran World Relief.  That's TRIPLE the number of my original conservative quilt goal.

Would YOU like to see MORE photos???

I thought SEW!!!  :o))

Readers and friends completely blew my conservative estimates out of the water.  (Terrible analogy, I know!)

Thank you to the following contributors:

Nann @ With Strings Attached and Wendy @ The Constant Quilter provided the fabric for many of the quilt tops.  Suzanne in Alaska and Kirsten @ Quilting With Corgis provided a fair amount of backing fabric.  Much of the labor was donated by the Nimble Thimbles family of  Quilt Bees.

Other bloggers, blog readers, and friends donated to our Batting Fund, Shipping Fund, and the General Fund in support of this Mission Quilt Drive.  Thank you to Ruth S., Knittingsuek., Maggie S., Libby @ Life on the Hill, Judy @ Busy Hands are Happy Hands, Alycia @ Alycia Quilts, and Mari @ The Academic Quilter.

Many hands make light work and your (sewing) support has kept me from having a nervous breakdown.  Thank you, again, to Nancy R., Maggie S., Carol K., Britt P., Candy H., Ruth S, Deborah H., Ruth B., Linda H., Sue K., Darlene H., Mari @ The Academic Quilter, Libby @ Life on the Hill, and Paulette @ The Way I Sew It!  Most of these quilters donated fabrics from their own stash to arrive at a quilt top which measured approximately 60 x 80 inches.  Best of all, each of these contributors had a hand in what will ultimately be nearly 2 dozen quilts to provide warmth from the cold and/or shelter from the heat.  That is SIX TIMES the number of quilts that I had originally hoped to create!!  Color me amazed.

Wrapping things up...

With the overwhelming response, our finish date for the project has been a moving target.  Five quilts are currently waiting to be quilted and bound.  Three kits remain to be sewn into quilt tops.  Since the quilters and quilt makers are juggling other responsibilities, I haven't been too concerned with extending the deadline.  At this point, it  seems like aiming for the anniversary is the most reasonable goal.  That means there's still time for YOU to help, if you feel SEW inspired!

How can I help, Joyful???

To find out more about this project, links to the entire story can be found at the DONATIONS tab at the top of my blog.

Thank you for allowing me to share this story of quilters caring for others, Sarah.

Until next time...
Quilt to GIVE!!!


Thank you, Joy, for the lovely look into your charity quilting life!  It is wonderful to see so many quilters joining hands in yet another endeavor to share quilty hugs!!  

Be sure to come back next week for another guest blogger, and keep working on those quilts!  



Friday, April 16, 2021

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Lots of Beautiful H2H Quilts!

Hi, all!

It's a beautiful spring Friday, and we all know what that means - it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on!  I've got something a little different this week - I'll be sharing the non-blogging H2H participants' quilt progress, which is definitely something worth whooping about!  So let's get started....


These two quilts were made by Linda C., and will be going to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo...

These two were made by Dee F. for Little Lambs and Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo, respectively.

These three are from Stephanie in Western Australia...

Stacks from Growing Up Modern by Allison Harris

Row Houses from one of Judy Gauthier's scrap books

RSC inspired by Film In The Fridge

Suzanne C. shared her progress shots - four baby quilts cut out and ready to sew up, and a flimsy that will be for a local Hometown Hero!

Yvonne J. shared these three progress shots...

These two are from Cathy B. in Ontario, Canada.  The first is going to Victoria's Quilts Canada. The second is her "hometown heroes" quilt, a little different  - it's a fidget quilt for a local boy with Down Syndrome and a cochlear implant who was diagnosed with COVID but fortunately pulled through.  Isn't it adorable?

Erin D. made this beauty for Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo...

Michelle P. made this lovely string quilt...

Carol S. has been busy busy busy, with one quilt for Covered in Love, six for Little Lambs, and seven for Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo!

Doris M. made these two for Covered in Love...

Becky M. has also been a busy beaver - here are pictures of just some of the quilts she has donated to Covered In Love!

What a wonderful array of quilts and quilts-in-progress!  It makes my heart sing to see all the beautiful work being done in the name of Hands2Help.  Keep up the good work!!

And now I have my own little whoop-worthy moment...

I have a new oven!! And it's so much fun to use - it does all kinds of things I've never had before.  The microwave oven can also act as a convection oven, as can the regular oven.  The warming drawer will also act as a slow cooker.  It's got so many bells and whistles I'm actually going to have to read the manual!! 

So - - - can I (and all those fabulous H2Hers!) get a whoop whoop?


And now it's your turn!

What's got you whooping it up this week?

What's making you do a little happy dance?

Share! We want to dance right along with you,

And it's always more fun to dance with friends!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight.

Hope to see you there!



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

I May Have a Scrap Problem - But "Me Sew Happy"!


Hi, all!

It's been a while since I wrote a post for Scrappy Wednesday!  It's just been so busy, and I didn't really have anything special to share - but I've joined in the Me Sew Happy quilt-along and now I do!  

Way back in February, this gorgeous quilt caught my eye on Instagram.  Imagine my excitement when I found out there was going to be a quilt-along!  So when it opened up on April 1st, I ordered my pattern and started digging through my scraps.

Look at all those beautiful bright fabrics!  I was fortunate enough to have a BUNCH of squares already pre-cut to 2.5", so I sorted through them until I found enough to make these four blocks....

For a week, these pretties graced my design wall all by themselves. Then it was time for the second block - a bit quicker this time, made even quicker by the fact that I also had 5" squares pre-cut in my scrap stash.  With a few minutes of trimming down to the right size, I had exactly what I needed for these blocks.

These worked up really quickly this morning - chain piecing is the bomb!  And now my design wall looks like this...

It's only half of the blocks for this quilt - there are still two sizes of hourglass blocks to make - but you can already see just how bright and cheerful it's going to be!  

And now I wonder what it would look like in low volume fabrics.....