Charity Quilts

Here are two quilts that I’ve made to give to the charity that every year makes about 30 children very happy by donating them quilts during the holidays. These are mostly 2nd graders that attend a special school in Asheville for children under special circumstances.
This proves once again that the “art” of quilting is an artform that is shared merrily and boldly with no other incentive than to bring some joy to the recipient(s). For a quilter to see the happy face of the recipient of one of her quilts, that is the best payment.

 

Quilt #1

 

Quilt #2

This is why we make quilts. Sure, some make quilts to earn a living, some make quilts to compete in shows, some make quilts for display in art galleries. Others still make quilts for the original purpose for which they were created: to keep warm in the winter, and yet others make quilts to give away, whether for gifts or for charity. Myself, I make quilts because I love the process, and also for the satisfaction of seeing someone really happy to receive one. True, I have made some quilts that others have commissioned and therefore for remuneration, but those are generally the ones I cannot say too much about, other than each commission that I have undertaken has been a learning experience for me, and thus very rewarding, regardless of the difficulty.

So, keep ’em comin’!

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String Pieced Quilt

This is one of my favorite techniques for piecing a quilt. I love it because it requires working with mostly scraps, of which I always have a large supply. I’ve probably said this before, but I’ll say it again: I HATE TO THROW AWAY FABRIC! So I save every little piece of scrap I have left from any project, large and small.

Not only is scrap piecing a money saver–no need to buy fabric to make a quilt–but it usually results in some very creative and beautiful designs. It is also a very versatile technique, as it allows for very simple or quite elaborate piecing. So it is a friendly sort of way to piece a quilt, in that it is equally attractive for beginners as well as advanced quilters.

Here is one of my string quilts. However, I haven’t made nearly as many as I would like, so my pile of scraps keeps getting bigger.

One of my favorite quilters, Bonnie Hunter, is also a “scrap addict” (her words, not mine); I love her designs and the artistry with which she makes something out of practically nothing. Her designs are full of color and variety, as well as minuscule pieces of fabric artistically joined together in several different ways. I also appreciate the fact that she is willing to share her “quilting wisdom” through a regular online live show, called “quiltcam,” an informal chat where she takes her audience on a ride of sorts while she works on one of her projects.

I hope you learn to enjoy working with scraps as much as I do. Happy scrap-busting!

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Son’s Citizenship Quilt

Stars and Stripes Forever!

I made this quilt to commemorate my son finally becoming a US Citizen. His ceremony is on August 25th, 2017, and I will be fortunate to attend.

I wanted to obviously keep the theme of the American flag going, without being too literal in its execution, so I used a half-square-triangle block pattern to keep the red and white stripes idea, as well as the white starts on blue idea. I also quilted using crosshatching in the blue/white field to indicate the stars, and horizontal lines on the red/white section to echo the stripes idea. I used the fabric that I had around, so the bits of Dr. Seuss “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” that show through are merely coincidental. No hidden messages here.

In spite of troubling recent events in this country, I am very grateful that this country has provided shelter and opportunity for me and my children. When I married my wonderful American husband over 25 years ago, I had no plans to leave my home back in South America; my kids and I were happily living our lives over there. But somehow fate had other plans.

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Being in the U.S. afforded me the possibility of getting a college education, which as a single mother in Chile was only a pipe dream; I also managed to get a Master’s Degree in a field that I truly care about: Historic Preservation. This is the gift that keeps on giving. It has helped me get involved in government work, and seeing first-hand how governance takes place; it has provided the opportunity to spend time in some very interesting and quaint little towns such as Madison GA, where I worked as a County employee right up to retirement, and it has prepared me to continue “life after retirement” in various volunteering and advocacy positions, such as volunteering at the local Swannanoa Valley History Museum, and being part of my town of Black Mountain, NC Historic Preservation Commission.

None of these things would have been possible had life not intervened and brought me to these shores, which is one of the reasons why I opted to become a citizen almost 20 years ago; my other very important reason was so that I could VOTE. Becoming a US Citizen is not an easy task, however, the more merit for someone to actually “take the plunge.” For all those who don’t know it, the expense is quite considerable, not to mention the fact that one has to be willing to give up one’s affiliation to one’s homeland; quite easy for some, but very painful for others.

My son has definitely carved out a good life for himself in this country, so it makes perfect sense for him to pursue citizenship. His wife and children are US Citizens, so it stood to reason that he would also go down this path.

It will certainly be emotional for me to witness this event. And as with all important things in a quilter’s life, what better way to celebrate the occasion than with a quilt? I can see no other.

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