Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Near the Buttahatchee River

I just realized that I never shared the nice prize I won by participating in the Hands2Help charity quilt event. Aren't these pretty autumnal leaf fabrics? Five fat quarters. No information printed on the selvedge, but the colors are very crisp and they have a nice hand.

I generally sort my fabrics by color, but have a separate bin just for fall color/themed pieces. The muted oranges, browns, and golds don't tend to play nicely with my brighter kid-friendly fabrics. These leafy prints kind of cross that line, though, don't they? The purple is especially vibrant and I love it!

The final numbers for Hands2Help were very impressive: 198 quilts sewn and donated by 106 volunteers! Sarah managed to find enough sponsors so that everyone received a nice prize, too. I was certainly tickled to get my leafy goodies.

Covered in Love, one of the H2H beneficiaries and where I donated my two quilts, also passed a major milestone recently. Kat says she has been able to provide over 100 quilts to families who have lost loved ones in the hospital, and the H2H quilts pushed her over that mark. That's pretty darned tootin' great, especially considering it's really just Kat doing the lion's share of the work. Atta girl, Kat!!

In other donation news, I filled out an application to be a quilt top piecer for Heart Builders, and was accepted this week. This is the charity arm of Stash Builder Box, and they work with various groups that support children in need. They provide the fabric and the sewists can create any pattern we want. The pieced top is then shipped back and another volunteer quilts it. They require a 4-6 week turn-around, but I can request fabric on my schedule so I'll know when it's coming. I need to be ready with a good receiving address for that. I'm looking forward to seeing what fabric they send! We can also to add to it from our stash, and I suspect I will do that.

Between sewing Kat's monthly blocks for Covered in Love, piecing tops only for Heart Builders, and creating finished quilts for Project Linus, I'll have a nice variety of things I can be working on at any given moment. Life is good.

And yes, there really is a Buttahatchee River. I could have picked any number of watery landmarks (watermarks?) for today's post title, but my inner 12 year old just had to go with that one!


  1. Thanks for being so generous with your time and piecing the charity quilts. My cousin's son recently received a quilt at the hospital and it has helped comfort him while he deals with some aweful treatments.

  2. Thanks for the kudos! Those FQs are pretty! I'm glad you got something good from the drive.

  3. Very beautiful fall fabrics. What a wonderful adventure you are on by making quilts and tops for charity. What a fun name for a river. :)


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