Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Baby Bureau

 I believe I've written previously on this blog about The  Baby Bureau, a wonderful local agency that collects new and gently used baby things, up to size 18 months.

My Circle has supported this organization for a number of years, timing our collections with the semi-annual rummage sale at church.

 This year we have an opportunity to expand our giving! The church has come up with a handful of "ministry grants," and one need only have a plan and fill out an application for the perusal of the Powers That Be.

Our Rummage Sale was on a temporary hiatus and it occurred to me that the young moms in our church may not know about The Baby Bureau, and how much the agency would appreciate their babies' outgrown clothing.

 I applied for a grant of $100, enough to purchase backing, batting, and binding for four baby quilts. I would make the tops out of scraps from my stash. 

My grant was approved! I set to work! I pieced my four tops and purchased my supplies. My initial plan was to machine quilt them myself, but after being less than impressed by my efforts, I decided instead to tie them.

Baby Bureau Sunday is coming up early in October. The congregation has been invited to bring in their baby things. The Baby Bureau agency will assemble packets of clothing and blankets according to size and furnish them to moms who don't have a lot of money.

I didn't spend my whole hundred dollars AND the Rummage Sale is back on!

Life is good.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Crazy Anne

Everyone and her cousin seem to be making quilts from Jen Kingwell's patterns. And some of them have "invited" me to make one, too. I decline. This designer's quilts are intricate and striking. And they have too much going on, for me. It's a case of their not being to my taste, but I can appreciate the artistry behind them and the work that goes into them.

Recently one of the Jen-ites posted a picture of a block that she was making for, I think, Gypsy Wife. The block is called Crazy Anne. Without delving too far into Anne's presenting problems and mental history, I thought the block, while a traditional one, had a bit of a contemporary flair. And I had these wonderful bright bundles that I'd acquired after getting started back in March at the Lancaster show. So I made a block. And then another.

And here I am, sewing rows together already! Anne's going to need a border, and I have a plan for that. Alas, it will necessitate buying some fabric!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Who Made This Masterpiece?

I went to the Mancuso Show at Oaks last week and saw some very nice quilts. This one stopped me in my tracks. I was so taken by it that I forgot to capture the name of its maker. If anyone knows, sing out -- I'd love to give that quilter credit. Meanwhile, I'm about to head downstairs and rummage through my black-on-whites and my brights . . . .