Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Hands 2 Help 2020 link up


This is the final week for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge, where we link up our finishes that will be donated to the H2H charities. I fell behind a bit on my goals this year, but did manage to finish a few by the deadline.

One of the charities chosen this year is the Little Lambs Foundation, which provides comfort kits to children in the foster care system, hospitals, or emergency shelters. I really like this group, and want to support their important work. I know that they often need receiving blankets for newborns, so I stitched up six.

My friend Stephanie gave me a big batch of really nice quality flannels and minky, and I used it all up in these. In the top photo, you can see that there were two "Tree of Life" flannel panels. I added flannel sides to bring them to about 40" square, and backed them with regular quilting cotton. I think this combo of flannel on one side and smooth on the other makes for a really great weight for a receiving blanket. I do a very small amount of quilting, mostly hidden along lines in the printed designs, to keep the layers from shifting in the wash.


The pastel piece on the far right is made of the minky. The pieces were smallish, so I trimmed them up as big as possible and made this simple patchwork. The backing is a cute railroad print of regular cotton. Minky is sooooo soft and cuddly, and sooooooo big a pain in the butt to work with. It's best if you can use a single, unpieced chunk as a backing. Otherwise the little fur bits get everywhere. 


These next three are all made with panels I had in my stash, and backed with Stephanie's flannels. 


The little owls are super cute, especially the upside down one! There's one in every family, isn't there? I'm happy they will find a home here in the US since some of my international charities prefer we not use owl motifs. 


The ABC animals panel is the most classically "baby" themed, but I have to say: that is one GIANT frog.


The final panel is another "Tree of Life." Or maybe "9 Partridges in a Pear Tree." It has kind of a folk-art vibe. 


This quilt, which I wrote about previously, is also for H2H, and will be donated to Quilts of Compassion. I also have three or four more pieces in progress and I'll tell you about them when they are done. Even though H2H has a deadline each year in June, I know that all these fine groups have an ongoing need for quilty comfort and comforting quilts. So anything in the pipeline will still find a way to go to work.

Many, many thanks to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for putting together this fun and useful challenge each year!

17 comments:

Paula DiMattei said...

Such sweet quilts. Flannel and minky backings sound just so cuddly. Congratulations on all of your finishes (and those in the pipeline).

Kathleen said...

These are just fabulous ! And you have helped me so much - I have some gifted flannel strips about 8 inches wide - I realized I should use them for the backs of kid-sized panel quilts - they will be perfect for that ! yippee, let me at the sewing machine !!

Lynn said...

Cute panels, owls especially but you're right about the size of that frog! Lovely receiving blankets, great job.

Vicki in MN said...

That is a great idea for a receiving blanket! Thank you for your generous contributions all year long my friend!!

MissPat said...

You've done far better than me as I've failed to complete a single H2H quilt this year. Your quilts are all charming and will be welcomed and well used.
Pat

piecefulwendy said...

I love the fabrics you've used for these cute quilts. That upside down owl is so fun. Always fun to see what you are stitching up for charity.

Nicki said...

What a joy to see your post & all the fun quilts you've made for H2H. You've received blessing after blessing with all those gifted fabrics & panels. All are perfect for the Little Lambs Foundation. Wow, was I ever impressed with your matching on the railroad print backing. You go girl! Thanks for ALL you do for so many! And thanks to all who contribute to your cause.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Those are such great finishes, Louise! It's good to remember that panels are a fun and easy way to make a sweet donation quilt. Hope you're enjoying a beautiful ocean view somewhere!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Beautiful finishes!!! They will be a wonder and blessing to each person that receives them.

The Colorful Fabriholic said...

Such a great idea, using your flannel and minky stash for receiving blankets for newborns. They will all be very much appreciated, I'm sure.

WAS Ann D said...

Fun and creative as always, Louise. Thank you also for generously sharing information about all the wonderful programs where quilts can be gifted. You are a great resource! ~Ann

Sandra Walker said...

I second your many thanks to Sarah! The amount of work she does is mind-blowing. Lovely quilts, all. I really love that tree of life fabric, and seeing quilts on your boat always gives me a smile.

Fiona said...

A lovely selection of quilts that will be off to cheer some hearts...
Hugz

Sarah Craig said...

You've outdone yourself, Louise! They are all so wonderful, and will make a huge difference to the recipients! Thank you for being part of Hands2Help 2020!

Mystic Quilter said...

Cute quilts for littlies! Being a huge fan of owls you can guess which is my favourite quilt out of the three.

Kate said...

Such cute quilts! Yeah for you dealing with the fuzzy fabrics to put together some soft and cuddly quilts.

Frédérique said...

Cute and cozy fabrics for great gifted quilts!