Thursday, December 20, 2012

End of Year Finishes

It's time to wind down for donation quilts now it's the end of the year but I managed to get just one more finished first. I posted off a large box of 14 quilts for the needy last week and I am making the last delivery of 5 quilts to the local women's refuge tomorrow. This means I donated 104 quilts for the year. It's not as many as previous years but the need wasn't as great due to a welcome decrease in natural disasters, although the need for quilts for the less fortunate members of our communities never decreases.
 I have made a conscious effort to also work on my projects so that I don't burn out with the quilts I donate. I'm working on getting the balance right between making quilts for the family, or even to ones I want to make because I want the challenge of piecing a more complex design, as well as making quilts to donate.
Of course I will always think I should have made more to donate but I'll have to be happy with focusing on what is achieved rather than what I didn't get done. There's always next year!
I just want to thank all of you for your ongoing generous donations which made it possible to bring some comfort to 104 needy people this year. The kindness of your gifts is what is most appreciated by the recipients. I hope you all have a blessed and peaceful Christmas and  Happy New Year.
 I'm taking January off from the donation quilts but will get back into them again when we return in February.
Love and hugs, Jan Mac

Friday, December 7, 2012

I'm On a Roll

 I'm not sure if it's the Christmas rush that has got me working harder to get just a few more quilts done so they can be donated, or a desire to tidy up some of the scrap pieces of batting and fabric that have resulted from my recent frenzy of quilting tops. Or it may be that I know that many people will not be getting any gifts if I don't finish and donate a few more.
  The last two days have been  very productive with more QAYG blocks being made as well as more quilts from them. Yesterday I made the top 2 quilts before I went to work- luckily it was an evening shift so not as tiring. This morning I woke at 6am and couldn't get back to sleep so I got up and made some more blocks and pout the third quilt together. I mixed up the order of blocks somehow, probably because I was more tired than usual, but I don't think it's as obvious when it's on a bed and it will still keep someone warm and comforted so I'm not taking it apart and re-making it. I have another one which just needs the outer binding applied so I'll have more photos to show soon.
  I hope you are rolling on to Christmas and getting all your projects finished up before we start the New Year. I'll be away for most of January so that may have caused my sudden spurt of sewing too. lol
More to come soon.
Hugs, Jan Mac

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Christmas Rush

 There's only 3 weeks until Christmas and I'm trying to get a few more quilts finished so I can donate more quilts to the needy. The first two quilts were donated tops and they also had backings included with them which made it very easy to get them finished.
  The QAYG quilt was again made from donated blocks and I've also been adding to my pile of QAYG blocks by using up the donated fabric strips that generous quilters have been sending. I think I have almost made up all the QAYG blocks I have on hand so plan to spend some time on making some more when time is too short to pin and quilt a top.
  The last quilt shown was donated as partially completed blocks and it's good to have another donated UFO done so it can be donated and appreciated by its new owner.
  Hopefully there will be a few more completions to show very soon, despite being busy with more paid work in the coming weeks. Unfortunately it's all night shift again, apart from an evening shift tomorrow so making QAYG blocks may be all I can fit in between work and sleep. It all helps to get quilts made quickly when I have a pile of blocks to work with.
Thanks for stopping by again. Is anyone else getting some last minute sewing done for Christmas too?
Hugs, Jan Mac

Saturday, December 1, 2012

In Time For Christmas!

 I am still trying to fit in making some more quilts to donate for Christmas gifts to the needy and thought I'd just ignore the heat today and get them done! I'm still trying to have a clean up in my sewing room so sewing blocks together or quilting tops is part of the cleanup- and that is why I'm not making a lot of progress with the cleaning but at least quilts are being
  The first quilt was a donated top and it will make a lovely gift for a young girl or lady as it is in soft apricot and pale green. The second top was made from a wall hanging which I made larger by using pink squares to surround it. I also had to make backings for both tops so I hope to see some space in my fabric shelves soon.
  Now that is is cooling down a bit I plan to quilt another top tonight so stop back soon as there will be more finishes to see.
 Hugs, Jan Mac