Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hands2Help 2018 Summary


This year's Hands2Help Charity Challenge is coming to an end this week, and it's time to link up our finishes to share with other helpers. As usual, Sarah did a fantastic job finding worthy charities and rustling up some great sponsors. If you've been following my blog, you've probably seen all these before.

This year she chose three different charities, and I sewed something for each one. The first is an old favorite, Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo. This charity, run by Emily of Em's Scrap Bag, provides quilts for folks undergoing chemotherapy. I donated Key West Chickens. I mailed it off back in March while we were still in Florida so at least this one made the H2H deadline.


The second charity, Victoria's Quilts Canada, provides quilts to people living with cancer in Canada. They asked Hands2Help participants to provide quilt tops only, 50" x 70" in size. The tops will be quilted locally with cozy flannel backings to provide extra warmth in the Great White North. Since quilt tops are lighter, easier to ship, and faster to sew than finished quilts, I made three. The first one shown above is The UPS Quilt, made with brown and black string scraps. 


Double Four Patch was made from a variety of scraps and ended up being one of my favorite pieces.


Autumn Orphans was pieced with left over blocks and some cute panel pieces. These three tops are sitting on Sean's dresser, carefully packed away in a plastic bag, waiting to be shipped up to Victoria's after we return to the US.


The third charity is called Little Lambs Foundation for Kids. They provide backpack "comfort kits" to children of all ages who are transitioning into foster care, emergency shelter or who have been hospitalized. I chose to make "blankies" without batting to fit more easily into the backpacks, and sized them for kids aged 5 or younger. This one is called Through the Reef and has corduroy backing.


Streak of Lightning has flannel backing in a sweet blue giraffe print.


And Pink Giraffes is the same flannel in a different colorway, backed with a coordinating cotton pique. All three have satin baby blanket binding. They are also waiting to be shipped once we are out of the Bahamas. I'll miss the H2H deadline, but I know that each of these charities' work is ongoing and donations are always welcome.

Thank you again, Sarah, for the opportunity to let my hands help!

21 comments:

Cathy said...

Congrats on such a prolific binge of quiltmaking for charity! Every single one is awesome (although my personal favorite is the UPS Quilt. They will make a lot of children happy! You Rock!!

Heide said...

Wow! busy, busy, busy...quilts for all the charities. Great job beautiful quilt and I am sure who ever receives them is going to love those quilt!

Lisa J. said...

These are all such beautiful quilts Louise. You managed to finish so many!

Vicki in MN said...

They are all so wonderful, it is amazing how generous quilters are!
Quilty hugs to you!

piecefulwendy said...

I'm amazed at how many quilts you make and donate, Louise! They are all so lovely, and I'm sure will spread happiness to many.

Needled Mom said...

Great job on all of them. I love the UPS quilt and the Double Four Patch really turned out great too.

Janice Holton said...

So much quilty love right there! God bless your generous heart, Louise. They are all really fun quilts. My favorite is the Double 4 Patch. :)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

You've done a wonderful job on your Hands2Help quilts, Louise! I especially love the Double 4 Patch one. Thanks for inspiring me to get something finished to donate, too!

JanineMarie said...

So fun to see these all in one place and in such a beautiful location, Louise. I think quilting in the Caribbean agrees with you. These are such a great collection for H2H. There are a lot of people being blessed by your sweet creativity and generosity.

Mystic Quilter said...

Oh great job Louise!! Lots of happiness for little ones who need it.

joanne W said...

Great job on all of these, I am sure they will be well loved.

Karen said...

Oh so many quilts for H2H. All all beautiful and will bring lots of love and comfort.

Vicki in MN said...

Nice showing of them all Louise!

Joanne said...

Your quilts are all wonderful. I love how you used scraps to create such beautiful works that I know will be loved by the recipients.

Fiona said...

some lovely quilts you made for great causes....
Hugz

The Joyful Quilter said...

Great batch of donation quilts, Louise!! Extremely generous of you and they are sure to bring comfort to the recipients.

Sarah Craig said...

Louise, all these quilts are amazing! Thank you for your great big heart for charity work!

Joanna said...

Oh wow, I love all of them. Each looks appropriate to the charity you chose for it. How do you find the time to sew on a boat? However you do it, great job.

Lynn said...

Such bright colourful work, just wonderful and will be well received as gifts for sure.

June D said...

Beautiful work Louise. Will be much appreciated by the recipients. Glad I came by to be inspired! : )

Sandy said...

All the quilts are wonderful. You sure got a lot done!