Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Sharing Time!

Each Christmas for the past 8 or 9 years, a group of friends and I have 
 shared small lap quilts for young children with local charities.  We have a stash of unwanted fabric cast-off by friends from which we meet the challenge of creating pretty quilts.  It lives in the (someday) laundry room off my kitchen and my annual goal is to empty that top shelf where the finished quilts go at least twice a year.
This huge piece of fabric (10 yards?) came from a friend and created quite a stir in the group but it backed (so far) 4 small quilts that are going to be prized by little boys plus some of the bags that one of our members assembles.  We use the bags as a "gift wrap" since most of the children getting the quilts are in transition destined to move sometime in the next year.
(Thanks, Dianne -- we're glad you never got around to decorating David's room!!)
This year, we have 18 quilts to share thanks in large part to Mary Ann's efforts during our summer sewing break.  She never stopped!  When we returned to work in September, there she was with 7 of these scrappy tops that she has pieced over the summer.
Each one is cheerful! 
Believe it or not, this one is made mostly from Christmas fabric scraps! 
I bound the last two quilts today and they are in the washing machine right now.
Once they are dried and matched up with a bag, they'll join the rest of the stack in my car for delivery later this week!
George and I are still working on Long Time Gone!!
Two more days of quilting and then binding!!
I'm going to be finished with this in plenty of time!!
Perhaps I'll start something else?!?


  1. What a gift you all have created! Beautifully done, Mary and Friends!

  2. I should add bags to my donation quilts--great idea.

  3. Hi Mary,
    What wonderful gifts you ladies have created. The gift bag is a fabulous idea for anyone, even if they're not in transition. All their treasures can be kept together. I'm sure they will feel all the love stitched into these quilts and bags. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Your gifts are such a work of love and kindness. It is such a wonderful gift of love. May your holidays be merry and bright.

  5. You are so generous with your time and skills. May your generosity be multiplied and returned back to you.

  6. They are getting some wonderful quilts!