Can you make a quilt and donate it to your local school? Elementary, middle and high schools are full of students who really need to know they are cared about. The student I gave the quilt to who tried to commit suicide tells me almost every day how much she loves her quilt.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I bet there is someone out there who loves Halloween and would pick this quilt out of a stack. When my brother was little, everyone had a favorite color. Since everyone in the family had picked the common favorite colors, red, blue, green, yellow, the only color left that had pieces in a game was orange. So, my sister and I told my brother his favorite color was orange. He didn't get a pick, we chose for him. I'm not sure if he ever wanted to change to a different one, but he's a pretty easy going guy and was happy enough taking the orange piece in the game every time.
I don't know why we wouldn't let him share a favorite color. It's not like I am the only person in the world who loves red.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
When I gifted it today, the VP wrapped it around himself and said that at his church they bring the new babies up to the front of the congregation and wrap them in handmade quilts. I told him he makes a really big baby! He was quite happy with the finished quilt and excited I actually finished it and gave it to him. He was surprised I kept my word and made the quilt in time for his first treatment.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
I'm so glad to have my quilting machine working again. It gave me a bit of a scare this week when I turned it off over night and the next day came back to it acting up. It wouldn't work and then started racing. I was afraid I was going to lose it and then started wiggling some wires, unplugged a few of the wires and plugged them back in again. That seems to have fixed things for now. It scared me a second time after turning it off a second time and it wouldn't start. Again, unplugging several wires and plugging them back in got it going. I'm not sure why other than the cables have loose connections. There doesn't seem to be a problem if I just leave it on all the time.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
I love being able to share my love of crafting with so many people and I'm glad the kids liked them. Now, 6th graders don't have keys (well, most of them don't anyways) but my son put his horse keychains on his backpack this summer. They could also put them on a jacket as a zipper pull or on a suitcase to make it easier to identify which one is yours at the airport.
Monday, February 1, 2016
We had a gorgeous day today, although it is very cold. I know, most of you are dealing with snow, so cold is relative. Cold for California means 50 degrees with a bit of a breeze. My nose got a bit of a chill and I had to wear a jacket, although I didn't button it. But, that's why we pay so much to live here.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
I've also been giving quilts to kids at school. One of my students had surgery because his ribcage was pushing on his heart and he had a bar inserted in his chest. He ended up in the ICU on Friday because the doctors think his body is allergic to the bar. You would think they would check for that before doing the procedure. Another quilt went to a student who attempted suicide and I have another one in the works for another student who is out for the same thing. Being a teenager is no easy task these days with social media and the bullying that goes on. I think I also told you about the one I gave last week to the middle school boy who lost his home in a fire over the Christmas break. I'm glad to have so many helpers so that I have lots of quilts ready to go to offer comfort.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
I would say this is a winning crochet dog sweater pattern. I like the texture on it, but the one thing I don't care for is the neck. It isn't stretchy enough, so I will have to do some modifications on it the next time I make the pattern.
It was a free pattern found here
It's nice getting back into the quilting mode again. I just wish I could quilt and sew and crochet all day and that the house would clean itself. I wish I could push a button and dinner would be on the table, the dishes would self clean AND put themselves away. Oh, well, I spend too much time on the computer dreaming of my next project. I'm sure I could get more done if I unplugged for a while.
Friday, January 29, 2016
I'm happy this week is over and the weekend is finally here.
I have lots of plans to sew, sew, sew this weekend. I printed out a few patterns for dog coats and hope to try out a few of them. I know, I need yet another obsession to keep me busy. What I really need is to win the lotto and be able to stay home so I have more time to make all of the things I'd like to make.