Saturday, January 5, 2013

Putting your Love of Quilting to a Good Use

A few days ago I mentioned that this year I will be serving as Chairperson for Community Service for our Quilt Guild.  Today my wonderful sister, Nancy, and I met the lady who was in this capacity last year.  She has graciously offered to work with us this year, especially in the capacity of CASA for Children quilt coordinator.  I have included the Mission Statement and the pledge that volunteers all over the country commit to as they work with these children.  These people, in my book, are angels here on earth, for their never ending efforts to spare these children further abuse and neglect.  Our Guild contributed nearly 60 quilts for the children on the CASA rolls in our county in 2012, and this was just one of our many community service projects.  The guild has also contributed numerous quilts to local nursing homes, neonatal unit of area hospital, as well as contributing blocks for "Home of the Brave".  We will continue serving these charities with plans to add even more.   
National CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children - CASA for Children 

Mission Statement:   The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.

Five Critical Pledges We’ve Made on Behalf of Abused and Neglected Children

We will work tirelessly until these five pledges are met:

  • Every court in the United States recognizes that a CASA/GAL volunteer is essential for a successful outcome for children
  • Our volunteer base reflects the diversity and cultural makeup of children in the system
  • Every potential donor understands the importance of our mission, and places it at the top of their priority list
  • Every government official at the local, state, tribal and federal level understands the far-reaching results a CASA/GAL volunteer can achieve, and places our work at the top of their agenda
  • Every child can thrive in the safe embrace of a loving family
I pray that each one of you quilters out there will make a pledge to yourself that this year you will contribute at least one quilt to a charitable cause.  I can PROMISE you that the reward you receive for this contribution will come back to you to many times over! 


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Completed 2 Unfinished Projects!

I am so proud of me!  I completed TWO of my unfinished projects yesterday. However, let me say that since one was a baby quilt that only needed the border, and the other a Nativity wall hanging that needed Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus blanket stitched down -- but they are FINISHED and ready to go to the machine quilter! 

With such a surge of inspiration, I also did some sewing on a Block of the Month from +Keepsake Quilting. It is called Civil War Chronicles, designed by Dolores Smith and Sarah Maxwell of Homestead Hearth,

I just received BOM package 12 last week and I am working on BOM package 3!  On my expanded list of resolutions I had promised myself to do at least one package per month until finished.  Block of the Month kits are a wonderful way to begin your quilting experience.  Almost all quilt stores, online or brick and mortar, offer Block of the Month kits.  These usually are 12 month plans that you commit to pay for monthly.  The first month usually includes the picture of the completed quilt, pattern and fabrics for the first block.  Then each month you receive pattern and fabrics for a new block.  The last month usually has the border pattern and fabrics as well.  Many quilters, especially new quilters, may be intimidated about choosing patterns and coordinating fabrics; this takes the fear out of it.  Also, you can call or email the supplier of the kit if you get stumped! 

I hope you all have a great day - sewing!  I am off to Bible Study with some wonderful friends.  When we do prayer requests, I will pray for time to sew for everyone.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

I sat down at the computer this morning and said "OK........resolutions for 2013".  Do you do this?  It is like a new notebook and paper for school - new clean slate, the sky is the limit!  Right!?  I always have the very best of intentions on this day:           Lose weight!        Get organized!         Save money!       Be more patient! know what happens?  I try again next year!

But I can share that this year I WILL keep my quilting resolutions!  This year I will serve as Community Service Chairperson for our quilting guild.  Charity quilts have always been so very dear to my heart.  There is always a need for a warm quilt, stitched for a tiny baby in a neonatal ICU or for a child who has been removed from his or her home because of family circumstances.  There will always be unforeseen tragedies that find families displaced by fire or weather events when a stack of quilts can mean so much.   I like to call charity quilts "grace quilts".............because I feel "but for the grace of God, go I".  The person hurting, suffering from an illness, displaced from their home......could all be us or our loved ones. 

Also on my quilting resolution list, is "Finish or pass on Unfinished Projects".  Now I am sure I am the only quilter out there who has any unfinished projects.  There is that new technique that I HAD to take a class looked so NEAT!  Wow!  I could do that, and it would be so pretty!  And now I have 7 blocks done out of ?how many?!  And then there is all those bags of patterns with fabric that I just HAD to have!  My pledge today is that I will at least go through these and decide on the ones that I will finish this year.  And the ones that don't make that cut will go to the quilt guild to see if someone else wants to add them to their stack of unfinished projects or to a thrift shop. 

And, last on my quilting resolution list, is to share my love for quilting with others.  Please check back often for quilting info and tips that I find along the way.  Also, feel free to share along with me.