I belong to a group of about 20 quilters that try to get together on Saturdays to quilt, socialize and share. We call ourselves “The Charm Pack”. We can sometimes manage it weekly, other times we may only manage to get together once a month. It all depends on availability of the location where we gather. But one thing is constant. How much we care for each other.
When someone has a life changing event we make them a ‘heart’ quilt. We choose a common fabric and then each member makes a 12 ½ inch heart block – their choice of design. Everyone does their best work and the end results are always lovely. Backed with cozy Fireside! This is the one we made for Bunty – her husband passed away suddenly and we wanted to express our sympathy by giving her a quilt for comfort.
Denise has been battling cancer this past year, and has had a stem cell transplant so she has been absent from our sewing sessions as her immune system is currently compromised. We miss her cheerful presence but we didn’t forget about her. We made her a lovely quilt as well, but unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of it, but it offered comfort and our love.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last Fall, I told the ladies that I thought that others in our group were more in need of comfort than I (Bunty and Denise), so they shouldn’t make a quilt for me. But last Saturday at our weekly get together, they presented me with this ‘heart’ tote. They said that I may not have needed a quilt, but that I should have something that showed how much they cared. I was so touched and I will use this tote with pride because my friends made it for me.
Over the years I have made many paper pieced quilts from patterns designed by Linda Hibbert of Silver Linings Originals. This past winter I constructed this ‘Black and White cats’ wall hanging from Linda’s patterns. I’ve never been disappointed with the end results. Lots of little pieces and a lot of time is required to make these cat blocks, but the time and effort involved in making each block paid off with a quilt that I love.
I have made two small wall hangings this spring as well. Both are from McKenna Ryan’s Pine Needles designs. The one of the bullrushes and the turtle is from a kit for her art quilt “A Season in Time” that I purchased many years ago (maybe 20 years ago??) and it has languished in my ‘to do’ pile ever since. At some point I will make some of the other blocks that would have made the whole quilt… and will likely make small individual wall hangings with them as well. The little bears welcome wall hanging is from a current design of hers – and it now greets guests when they arrive.
Living where we do, about 15 miles from town, we get to enjoy the wild life that visits our yard on a regular basis. Unfortunately, they are not always welcome as they can be very destructive. I have a small vegetable garden, growing in raised beds. And we have snowshoe hares – and they are very fond of the lilies in the flower garden and apparently have a taste for beet greens in vegetable bed. I don’t grow a lot of veggies, but the hares are seeing to it that we won’t be eating many beets this year.
After my very long absence from Quilt With Us, I have many photos of many quilts, purses, totes, etc. that I am planning on sharing. Stay tuned!