Sunday, September 21, 2014

What teamwork looks like

 Great day at Binky Sunday.  Had about 20 people show up to help cut out lots of quilt kits.
 I'm not sure how many kits we got cut out because most of them were taken home to be sewn and will be returned in the next couple of weeks to be quilted and donated to the familes affected by the Boles fire near Weed, Ca.
 We had three Accuquilt Studio fabric cutters going for almost 3 hours!
 These three girls cut an entire bucket of Christmas fabric for stockings for out Veterans and military members who are currently serving.  They will be sewn together another day and will be filled with goodies to say thanks for your service!
 Great teamwork here rolling and cutting.  Look at that huge pile of perfectly cut stockings!
 I love that I can trust kids to not cut off a finger and get shapes that are perfect every single time.
 Lots of scraps were created that were then cut into 4 1/2 inch squares and 2 1/2 inch strips that will be made into quilts as well.  Nothing goes to waste around here.
 Everyone was working and 4 buckets of fabric got sorted and cut.  That sounds like a lot, but I have another 100 buckets in the shed that need some work.  I should have one of these work days every week :)
 Everyone was impressed with how easy the Accuquilt Studio cutter is to use.
 And everyone was looking forward to the next work day.
 We take helpers from the very young to the very young at heart.  A little bit of time, a little bit of fabric and wanting to help other people and lots can get done.

Binky Sunday

This beautiful quilt top was donated recently and is the perfect size for the Boles Fire in Weed California.  I quilted it up yesterday, it will get bound this week and will be on its way by the weekend to bring comfort to a family that lost everything.  I love how so many people are working together to help bring comfort.

I picked up a bunch of sheets at a recent 50% off sale at the thrift store and am loving having those as backing fabrics.  No piecing required before throwing them on the machine.  I will have to remember to check them out the next time the thrift store has a sale.  Goodwill doesn't put theirs on sale, just clothes so I have to watch when Savers or the Opporturnity Thrift store has their.  For $3 I can get a king size sheet which will fit any size quilt I need  to make.  You can't get fabric for that price!  And the leftovers go into the scrap bin.

Today at Binky Sunday we will be cutting up lots of scraps to make quilt kits.  I've had several calls from people wanting to help.  For every call I get, I'm sure there are many more who will just be showing up to help out, plus the teens from my high school will be there with eager hands.  I just hope I bring enough fabric for them to cut.  I never know how much they will be able to work through.  I would hate to run out!

I just loaded a roll of 15 yards of backing fabric onto the machine and am now trying to find enough quilt tops to match.  I got that at the thrift store for $10 a few months ago.  It's a pirate print in red and is perfect for boys.

Tragedy for my high school

Two teens were killed yesterday morning in a car crash and another was hurt badly.  The two teens were siblings.  One was a recent graduate from my school and the other was a sophomore.  The one that was badly hurt was also a sophomore.

One of the reasons we are always working on making quilts is for times like these.  As soon as I find out which hospital the student is in, she will be getting a quilt.  I will also contact the parents to let them know about the memory quilt ministry.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vacaville Jazz Festival

 Group one is done for today.  I can't believe how much my son has improved in the 6 years since this group started.  it shouldn't amaze me because he has doubled in size so he should have improved in his music ability as well, but the notes that come out of his instrument are actually nice to listen to instead of just farting sounds :)
 My youngest is starting to play the trumpet and it's a scary thing listening to the difference in a beginning band kid and one who has put in the hours of practicing to make something beautiful happen.  But with patience on the part of the student and parent, beauty does come.
 There were many times I wanted to tell him to just stop.  Especially those days when I had a terrible headache.  But I didn't and now I am so glad.  I had lots of people come up to me and tell me what a great job he did.  Like I had anything to do with his success, other than allow him the freedom to make the horrible noises and pay for the instrument and lessons and nag him when he didn't feel like practicing.  Ok, I guess I did have something to do with his success.  I will take the praise :)
And I will thank my parents for instilling the importance of the love of music and playing an instrument in me.  All of those years of piano lessons has finally paid off.  One more year! is what my mom kept saying for 13 years.  See mom, someone got the benefit of the practicing I did.  My son has taken up piano and loves it too.  I may never be a concert pianist, but he has fallen in love with music and has benefitted from the lessons I took so long ago.

Fish quilt for the Boles Fire

This is a great quilt for a guy and will be finished up soon and headed out to someone who lost a home to the Boles Fire, which is what they are calling the fire that destroyed half the town of Weed, California.  The news first said 750 homes, but it was really 150 homes, a church, lumbermill and a school.  the town will take a long time to rebuild.  A friend from school said she has a good friend who just had a baby last month and their house burned in the fire.  That family will definately get a quilt.

We are having a quilt day tomorrow and there will be three Accuquilt Studio cutters working full time to make quilt kits that will be taken home and sewn together.  Good thing I have a lot of helpers and a lot of donated fabric!  Now if only I had a couple vacation days coming up.

My energy level is increasing and I'm able to get a little more done in the evenings so hopefully my quilt production will start to go up.  We are still finishing up the quilts for the Napa Earthquake victims.  I wish I had some more long arm quilters in our group, but we will work with what we have and get the quilts out as quickly as we can.

I also wish I was more organized because I spend half my time trying to match up the backing and quilt tops.  If those were already matched up, I could get more accomplished.  When my friend Judy came over and we spent a couple ours matching things, I was able to work through 80 quilts in a month.  Of couse, I wasn't working during July either, which really helped.  Maybe I should take a day and have a matching party and then spend another day just sewing the backing pieces together so I'm ready to just work on quilting.

But, not today.  Today is my son's Jazz festival.  He plays in 2 bands and over the past 6 years I have learned to appreciate Jazz music!  Crazy how that happens.  When he first started playing jazz, I just didn't get it.  It sounded like random notes and was just noise.  Now, I actually like it.

So, I'm off to listen and enjoy and have a second breakfast.  Hope your day is filled with music or quilting, or even better, both!

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the paper

My friend Carla has a contact with the local newspaper and sometimes when she sends out word that we have a special project, we get coverage in the newspaper.  This Sunday we are working on quilts for the town of Weed, Ca and we got an article in the paper.

I plan to put an ad in the paper about the upcoming Science Fair.  I had no idea how expensive a small ad in the paper was.  Even a quarter page ad costs over $100, so an article like this is great adversiting for our little group.  I've already been contacted by people who want to help out.  I love it when people come together to offer comfort to hurting people.  Imagine if everyone took a little bit of time to help out a stranger.  Pretty soon, we would all be friends.

The world would get a little smaller and friendlier and safer.  It would be great to know that you would have someone to turn to when you needed some help because you had helped someone in the past.

I look forward to Sunday and meeting the new people and making lots of quilt kits and using up lots of the donated fabric.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quilts for the fire victims in Weed, Ca

We will be making quilts to get to the people who have lost homes in Weed, Ca.  It is about 2 hours north of my home here in Northern California.  I have a friend who has a home in a small town close by.  She has friends who have lost homes in the fire.  Half the town was lost last night.  About 150 familes lost their homes in one day.

It seems that half of my state is on fire right now and while we can't help everyone, we can help some of them.  We won't be able to help all of the families, but we can help some and will do what we can to bring comfort.  Sometimes it seems like there are just too many and it seems too easy just to do nothing because there is no way to fix every problem.  But I can do something and start a ripple effect.  I can help one or two and those people in turn can eventually help someone else and pass along the help eventually.  Imagine if nobody did anything to help, just because we all felt powerless to solve the whole problem?

I'll be getting the word out today and my 'gang' of quilting ladies will attack the problem full force!  We have Binky Sunday on the 21st (this week) and we'd love to have you join us.  We will be working on Christmas Stockings for our service men and women and veterans and quilts for Weed!  We meet at A Quilted Heart in Vacaville from 1-4pm.

Monday, September 15, 2014

can I do one more thing?

Today I signed up to do one more thing.  They say when you want something done, ask a busy person.  My son is a mentor for an elementary school Lego Robotics team and they need another adult to be a sponsor for the team.  Sign mom up :)  Hey, I can add one more thing to my to do list.

I'm quilting again so I must have things under control around here.  My little guy is still sick, which isn't fun and is coughing a ton.  I hope he starts feeling better soon.  Not fun to worry about a little one.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hey look, a quilt!

This was made by my 'daughter' Jenny for a friend of hers from church.  She is so proud of how most of the points match :)  I think she did a great job on it and I love the owls.  She will bind it and gift it this week.  She's hooked on making quilts now and has another 5 or 6 cut out and in the process of getting finished up.  She has plans to make quilts for everyone she knows for Christmas.  I wonder if she will be able to keep them secret that long.


 Morning walk today took us to the same field, but we went further into it and around some more.  In a year, this whole field will be houses.  I know progress is important and people need places to live.  My city is a great place and I welcome new people, but it is so nice to have this open field to walk in, away from the hard sidewalks and noisy cars.
 The dogs love having so many new smells and come home to crash for several hours after our long walks.  Today we did 4.11 miles total, including about half on the city streets.  We have several parks that we can walk in, but there is just something about getting out of the city, even if it is in the dry grass and hard dirt for a few minutes to clear your head.
Just look at the beautiful blue sky and golden colors of the grass.  These are the North Hills my blog is named after.  My church is called North Hills Christian Church and although I'm not making it to church this morning with a sick little one and a headache, I will be listening to the sermon from last week that I missed when I took my daughter to UCLA.  I do love technology in that you can find almost anything you want on the internet.

I should also finish a quilt today.  It was about 3/4 done last night and only needs a couple of rows finished up today.