Amazingly Eclectic Quilt for Community Quilts

Hope everyone has had a stellar New Year’s! I spent it with family and watching the Twilight Zone marathon – a long standing tradition since 1998. One day I may decide to make a Twilight Zone-themed quilt.

sampler quilt for charity – finished 2013

Speaking of Twilight Zone, I am still in the mode of showing off the quilts I have made for the community quilt giving enterprise in Asheville, and other charity and gifting opportunities. This one is particularly wacky, and one of my daughter’s favorite quilts.

I will admit it came out incredibly eclectic looking, partly because a bunch of odd blocks from asheville quilt guild that happened to have nothing to do with each other appeared in time to become part of the quilt.

This is what people in the know call a ‘sampler quilt’,  which allows for a certain amount of ambiguity and randomness. The only organizing criteria was to separate each block, and group them by size. The white sashing helps to cement the correct size placement.

I would love to know who ends up with these quilts – but I like to think that someone down the line will find these blog posts on the internet and write me, saying “my family got your quilt! it really made our day” or “we were having a lousy day when your quilt showed up, and its cleverness really helps us through some bad times.”

my trusty antique Singer machine that still sings

I know once my son in law once found a quilt, all folded up, lying abandoned on Lexington Ave. It was actually a very nice, old quilt, with a double wedding ring pattern. Feeling sorry for it, they took it home, and have it to this day. They really lucked out because I am pretty sure it was an antique – they do wonder, though, if the true owner will ever post a notice online or otherwise make themselves known.

Even though that was not an intentional quilt giving, it just goes to show how appreciated quilts can be when passed on.

Hope everyone had a great first week of 2015!

Grey Quilt Rising from the Ashes of Terrible Craftmanship

Hi all! Hope you all have had a good December. The weather here has been variable, and I am happy to note that my health finally turned a corner. 
I am sharing today another Healing Hugs quilt, this one with an interesting story. 
This one was essentially a bunch of blocks that we received in our quest to make charity quilts. Honestly, both the execution and the fabric itself left much to be desired. In the words of one of our more outspoken members, “these blocks look like they were put together with staples and nails, practically.” Most likely these sad blocks were the consequence of a momentarily ambitious and enthusiastic novice who quickly lost steam, then left the squares in an attic for a good long while 0 and someone cleaning house opted to bring them to us instead of the dump. Or possibly they took them to Goodwill who looked at them as if they were mad, before turning to us. I understand the difficulty, though. Though some folks would have no problem tossing these, burning them in a bonfire or using them as rags, most people have difficulty dishonouring the embodied labour of love that a collection like this represents. This stack of questionable blocks was like a foot high, since there were at least 50 blocks, which meant that somebody spent a good many hours producing them, so even though everyone in the guild wanted to throw them out, doing so seemed incredibly problematic and wasteful. 
In spite of a sense of moral obligation to ‘waste not want not’, as well as to honour the giving spirit of whoever decided to donate them, nobody in their right mind wanted to go through the trouble of making them work. But I’m not in my right mind, and I hate to see fabric go to waste. So I picked them up, I took them apart as much as I could, and I made this quilt.
My quilt members could absolutely not believe it – it was their favourite quilt in the end. It ended up being a good investment because what came out was least a full size bed quilt. The cost of the fabric
I kept a memento of it because, with leftover blocks, I made a pillow! 

Some other projects I have fixed – Green Quilt

As I had mentioned in a previous blogpost, I end up doing many projects for other people. People must think I have a knack for fixing things, especially when others don’t care for the projects. Maybe something in my character does not allow me to give up on things that others give up on so readily – or possibly I like bringing things that others have already begun to fruition. THough unfortunately I can’t locate the source or link right now, I know that in the past I have come across businessy type books that describe productivity styles. There’s a whole field of study on productivity that holds that individuals generally prefer to either be the starters of a project, or developers of a project, or the ones that conclude/put the final touches on a project. A good business is one where a natural balance between starters, developers, and concluders coexist. Either way, I will be sharing some examples of works I have finished along these lines. 
This is, to put it  bluntly, an ugly green quilt that nobody liked. Our charity work depends on the receipt and completion of numerous quilts which we then fix up or make whole cloth to give to needy people or to those in hospice or elderly folks’ homes.  The nature of the task means we don’t discriminate against quilts, even if they may seem somewhat homely, like the poor little green quilt above.
Somebody donated the fabric to the Cotton Boll Quilt guild that I used to belong to in Covington, GA. Many people gave up on the fabric because something about this particular hue of half green half chartreuse seemed particularly ‘pukey’, though I think it is a dear little quilt precisely because, like Rodney Dangerfield, it got “no respect!” Still – after all was said and done, I think it came out pretty nice! Especially good to someone who otherwise could not have a nice handmade quilt. 

Next week I will share another quilt.

Do you prefer to start things but not finish them, or are you more like me, preferring to finish things others have started? Or do you sort of prefer to develop things others have started that others will finish? Or are you that rare soul that loves to start and finish a thing before even beginning another? Would love to hear about it in the comments section!

In general, if you stop by this blog, I would love to hear in the comments section what you think! Doing this is much more encouraging when one feels an audience lurking somewhere. If not, I may one day be tempted to let the blogging effort go by the wayside.