Today I'm putting all my swaps in order, pulling patterns, matching fabrics, trying to play "catch-up" on all my commitments. Time to get back to what I love best--quilting.
Yesterday was Give-A-Hug Day at O'Susannah's Quilt Shop in Watkins Glen. We supply the woman-power and make the tops and Sue, the owner, supplies the fabric, batting, and long-arm quilting, and we make quilts for someone who needs a loving hug from a friend. Last month we made a child's quilt for an 8-year-old girl who was just diagnosed with cancer. She'll have a "HUG" with her during her chemo treatments. This time we made a full-size top for a woman that was so badly abused by her husband, she nearly died. Life is so unfair to so many people, that sometimes we need to stop and appreciate our own blessings.
We have been using the same charm quilt pattern from Moda. It's called Charm Tuesday and can be found at the Fat Quarter Factory. We cut down the size for children--roughly half the size of the normal pattern. It's a wonderful pattern for group sewing and works up really quick. We only sew from 10 am to 1 pm, and have about 8-10 people in the group, so you can see how fast it goes. And both quilts have come out great! I'll post a picture of the first one when I get it.
Another great blog for you to check out with some wonderful free patterns is Cindy Carter's Quilt Patterns From Seattle. Great ideas and nice blog. I've added her to my sidebar for easy linking.
Now back to work on my swaps!
Sharon and Katie