Monday, October 24, 2011

Two By Two

I love the way the darker joining strips make the colours in the QAYG blocks really zing. They look better than the photos show as they were taken when it was very overcast outside.
I'm steadily working my way through the donated QAYG blocks and finished these two yesterday and I have another two almost finished to show very soon.
I also made some fairy skirts to be donated as Christmas gifts to needy families and they are shown on my other blog.
Christmas is almost here and the rest of the year will just fly past with all the activities associated with the festive season so I'm trying to get as many quilts finished as possible while I still have time.
More to show soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Top Day

I've had some beautiful quilt tops donated recently and I'm getting them quilted as quickly as possible so that they can be given to people needing some comfort at Christmas time. Even though it will be too warm for quilts to be used I know that the recipients will appreciate the gift of a hug.
The first top was made and donated by Gina W. (Vic) and it will be a lovely quilt for a man as it's often hard to get enough quilts for boys and men as most of us have plenty of florals and pastels colours in our stashes.
Sue V. (Vic) also been very busy again and has donated 7 beautiful quilt tops and the pretty floral quilt is the first one I've finished so far.
The last quilt was made from donated string-pieced blocks sent from a blog supporter in Holland and I have enough to put together for another quilt too. I was thinking of adding a border to this top but it was large enough without and I didn't have anything which looked good enough so a bright binding has finished it off.
I have more to work on today so I hope to have more finished quilts to show very soon.
Have a good day and a very big thank you to everyone who has helped with these quilt appeals.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Thursday, October 20, 2011

QAYG Quilts Again

I have had a few family distractions this week and so far have only managed to finish off two more QAYG quilts.
They were made from a mixture of donated blocks and will bring comfort and warmth to a needy person.
I also received a donation of more quilt tops so I plan to spend some time quilting and finishing them into quilts to donate.
Thank you all for your ongoing support of these quilt appeals.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Quilt Rescue

I was very lucky that Gina W. from Victoria, found this lovely Irish Chain quilt in her local op (thrift) shop, It was complete and had been partially quilted with the lover's knot in 4 of the plain part of the blocks. Another lover's knot had been commenced and they were all hand quilted. I pulled out that part of the quilting and as it was already thread-basted, I completed the quilting on my domestic sewing machine. I just did a simple cross hatch and then found some matching fabric for binding.
It's been washed now to freshen it up and is drying before joining the next shipment of quilts.
Thanks so much Gina for your keen eye in finding this quilt. It didn't take long to finish it by machine and it is now a lovely quilt for a person in need of comfort. I was very happy to play my part in this quilt rescue and I'm sure it will be loved by its new owner.
More finishes coming here soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Quilt For a Boy

This lovely quilt was a donated top and I think it came from the lovely Lesley Lowe of Kyvalley Quilters. It is a simple pattern but looks lovely with fireman prints in the blue squares. I have family commitments this weekend but hope to get some more tops quilted next week.
Many thanks for donating so many lovely tops, blocks and QAYG blocks which have helped make life a little easier for the needy.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tops on Thursday

I've managed to get another three donated tops quilted and they are in the pile for delivery.
I'm off to paid work now so will chat more later.
Hugs Jan Mac

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

QAYG Anyone?

Two more QAYG quilts in vibrant colours to warm a needy person. It's always surprising how different they can look when a different colour is used for the joining strips. Even using blocks donated by many different quilters can all be made to play nicely when the joining strips are added.
Tomorrow will be a day for quilting more tops so check back soon for some different quilts.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Slower Week

I don't seem to have done as much this week with family commitments etc taking precedence. I also had trouble with my sewing machine and I was worried that it was overheating so I had DH take it apart and do some more maintenance. I'm very lucky that he's a techie as I don't like to be without my machine for too long.
I did manage to finish one QAYG quilt and also put another top together from donated string pieced blocks. The blocks were made by Dini Negrijn-Peren from Holland and they are in lovely bright colours. I have enough for two quilts if I add borders and I thought it would be a good way to use the blocks and make more quilts for the needy.
I hope to get more done next week when the school holidays are over and will have more to show you very soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

More Bits and Pieces Finished

I've been busy with family commitments but have also managed to get some more things finished and ready to donate to the needy.
The first quilt is a Rail Fence pattern and the blocks were made QAYG which meant that they were easy to put together. Sixteen of the blocks were donated as well as more of the fabric so I made enough blocks to make a quilt of 24 blocks.
I also quilted another donated top which came all the way from Holland and was made by Marijke Kleefman. Marijke made and donated 8 quilt tops which was incredibly generous.
I also finished off a crocheted baby blanket as well as another crocheted blanket large enough for a single (twin) bed. The boxer shorts are made from the fabric I had leftover after making some PJ pants for my DD. I'll buy a top to match them and possible stitch a matching piece of fabric to the top to tie them in together as a Christmas gift fpr an 8 yr old girl. I have more things to finish off soon.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs, Jan Mac