Friday, October 28, 2011

"Quilts for a Cause" are quilts that you create from your heart...

My Mom and I made this quilt and donated it to The Fireside for one of their fundraisers for Rainbow Hospice. The Fireside raffled this quilt to raise money for the Family Room at Rainbow Hospice in Johnsons Creek, Wisconsin.  It has been on display at the Fireside in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.  The drawing was yesterday and the winner is Susan Kramer of Helenville, Wisconsin.  
Through the quilt raffle sales, they raised $2,904. The Fireside will donate the money to Rainbow Hospice for the kitchen and snack bar within the family rest and relaxation area. 
Every year, since 1997, Mom and I together create a donation quilt in memory of my Dad, Dan Nordeen.  We have since added in memory of Blanche Anderson, my sister-in-law's Mother.
The pattern we used is a courthouse round block.  Mom and I chose blues and greens for the colors.  Of course we both love blues. Last fall, Mom pressed and starched all the fabrics and I rotary cut all the strips.  Then Mom picked out each color for each round of the block.  She put them on a paper towel and placed them in a pizza box.  I sewed only 3 blocks at a time, so I didn't get any of the strips mixed up!


 We chose a stripped fabric for the lattice.
I quilted with free style Overall Swirls.  It softens the sharp straight lines of the blocks.  I finished the quilt with an all machine embroidery stitched binding.



We have already chose our colors for the next quilt and we will start pressing and cutting the fabric later this fall. Mom will plan out the blocks.  I will do the sewing this winter, so I can quilt it by March or April.


Some day soon, (maybe next week), I will post about all the quilts my Mom and I have made together over the years for "Quilts for a Cause".  I am still searching some old albums for old photos to scan into the computer.  I am adding them to the photo gallery as I find them.


There are a couple of the "Quilts for a Cause" currently on my blog and website:
Relay for Life Quilt 2009
Passage Quilt for Rainbow Hospice
Comfort Pillows for Rainbow Hospice
A Signature Quilt for Kathy
Hearts from all over the World Quilt


"Quilts for a Cause" are quilts that you create from your heart...




I entered photos of this quilt in a Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side Oct. 28, 2011








Enjoy your day!

26 comments:

beaquilter said...

how awesome is THAT!!
I want to do a donation/ raffle quilt for our school's PTA in the spring :-)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the colors and the striped fabric.

Donna~~ said...

Love the stripes and your swirl quilting pattern--very lovely, and for a nice reason! I'm currently working on a quilt in similar colors with white, so it's fun to see your blocks laid out on the white--a preview for me!

Queenie Believe said...

I love all the glorious shade of blue and teal of your quilt. What a wonderful donation to a wonderful cause.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Rie said...

That is such a beautiful quilt & what a great fund-raiser!
I bet your Dad is proud of both you & your mum!

Karen said...

Congratulations. It is a beautiful quilt and a very special cause. I am so pleased they raised so much through he raffle. That's wonderful.

The Thompsons said...

So beautiful! I also love the quilting. It's even more beautiful because of its purpose- so wonderful a cause.

Linda said...

This quilt is sooo Amazing! I love the colors, pattern, quilting and, well, everything! lol How great that you and your mom work on this together. What special memories you are building.

ANudge said...

Beautiful, Beautiful - not surprised it made so much money.
What a wonderful thing to do.

P. said...

That's really beautiful, Marcia! It's wonderful it did well in the raffle. I love the colors and the block pattern and swirly quilting.

Shay said...

I love the quilting . It's gorgeous.

I think it's wonderful that you donate your time and skills to making Quilts for a Cause. And it's even cooler that you do it with your Mom.

The whole quilt is a triumph!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and the quilting exquisite. What a lovely donation. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy FTF! ☺

Editfolt said...

Greetings from Hungary. It is very pleasing coloring. beautiful stitching.

Snoodles said...

I love that you and your mom collaborated on the quilt...that makes it so special. Your quilting (as always!) is wonderful. Thanks for sharing -- I think this Festival is so fun; I like sharing my quilt and traveling to other blogs to see more!

Leanne said...

Such a beautiful quilt!

Lonci said...

Your quilts are wonderful, a love the colors)

Caroline @ Artfully Caroline said...

Absolutely stunning! The blues and green just compliment each other perfectly!!

Hillbilly Tonya said...

This is so pretty! You and Mom did a great job and of course I am one of the family because these are my favorite colors as well.

Pat said...

I love the quilt, they are so my colors. I also love that it was donated to hospice. I plan on making a quilt to donate to the hospice that took such good care of my mom last year. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

Robin said...

Truly a beautiful quilt! I love that it was such a collaborative effort between you and your mother. So cool. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Chris Daly said...

I can't believe the quilt raffle raised so much money! Awesome. It is beautiful.

Julie Fukuda said...

I love those blues. What fun to be able to work together with your mother. I envy you.

Susan J said...

A wonderful raffle quilt. so good of you and your mom to donate so much of you time and effort for a good cause.

Kit Lang said...

What a glorious quilt! thanks for sharing. :)

Sarcastic Quilter said...

I love it and love you were able to do it together for such a worth-while cause! Thank you for sharing. :)

Martha said...

What a beautiful quilt for a wonderful cause...thank you for your generosity and for sharing it with us.