Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mom and Me --- Making This Year's Donation Quilt

Here we are proudly displaying the first completed block of our donation quilt.  We decided to do all greens this year for our courthouse round quilt.  Mom purchased the green fabrics and supplies for the quilt. I cut the strips. Mom lays out all the strips for each block on paper towels in a pizza box. 
I cut each green fabric into strips of all 4 sizes needed for each round of the courthouse round, thus giving us a large variety of greens for the block. We started with about 35 different greens and later added a few more!
Then I place the cut strips into the drawer organizer to make it easier to select the strips for the rounds for Mom to lay out on the paper towels.



We are big fan of blues, but we are loving all the greens...

Then I take two blocks at a time and sew them together.  This isn't a fast method for making the blocks, but it is an organized way of making them, as each block is very carefully planned out, so all the greens look great together.



Of course, we took over the dining room --- It is my favorite place to sew.  Lots of light - not so good for taking a picture, but I wanted you to see where we were sewing.
The dogs wanted to be in the photo too.  They are always under our feet as we sew.
We donate the completed quilt to the Fireside Dinner Theater of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. They raffle it to raise money for Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson County.
This is last year's donation quilt. The Fireside raised almost $3000. in the raffle for Rainbow Hospice.
Rainbow Hospice is near and dear to our hearts as they took wonderful care of my Dad 16 years ago. He died of cancer.  Each year, my Mom and I make a donation quilt in his memory.  
Now it is is my job to complete all the blocks for our donation quilt. Then I will assemble it and quilt it. I will share more pictures later.
Enjoy your day!
Marcia
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32 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Wow! Super quilt time going and it looks like another stunner. Hope you do as well raising money.

Belinda said...

Those greens are absolutely beautiful. Next to blue, green is my favorite color. The quilt is going to be unbelievable when you get it done! Thanks for sharing it with us, and we will hope it brings good results for your charity!

Mrs.Pickles said...

Great work you two!!!

Quilting Corner said...

This green quilt will be terrific. I really like the quilt from last year. It's so special to be able to work with your Mom and for your Dad's memory. It should be for a blessing.

West Michigan Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt. I so envy you being able to quilt with your mom. My Mom can't see to sew any more and my daughter doesn't like to sew, so that's why I'm envying you. Enjoy your time together.

Chris Daly said...

It is going to be gorgeous. Happy stitchin!

KatieQ said...

You and your mom are so organized. What a great system to keep things on track. I love the idea of so using so many greens. I hope you beat last years raffle amount.

KatieQ said...

You and your mom are so organized. What a great system to keep things on track. I love the idea of so using so many greens. I hope you beat last years raffle amount.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

LOVE the green. I don't normally do much with green. It's nice when we use something that we don't normally use and we see that that color isnt so bad after all!

Love Of Quilts said...

I love the quilt and the reason. So good you involve your Mom in the process.

Susan said...

I saw your comment on Becca Cooks and clicked over. What a wonderful quilt. I *love* green! Now I'm tempted to start another quilt when I have a goal to finish my UFOs - or at least whittle them down a bit. What a wonderful cause, too. Is the design you did on last year's a panto?

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amylouwho said...

I love it! And what a special cause. I'm going to see if my mom and I can't do something like this for the hospice that took care of my dad.

And what a great idea to lay the blocks out on paper towels!! I have to start doing that. AND i love the santa hat on your deer!!

Thanks for linking up to sew and tell!!

Pattilou said...

It's going to be a stunning quilt and I love your storage system for the strips.

The Leon Family said...

I'm really impressed with your organization! What a great idea to honor your dad with a quilt.

Heather said...

What a beautiful tradition for you and your mom to share in your dad's memory. This is going to be one gorgeous quilt! I hope it raises even more money than your last one did. :o)

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Oh, I lost my mom 16 years ago to cancer, too. What a great tradition you have with your mom, and the quilt is going to look wonderful! I enjoy seeing how you went about arranging all the pieces - that part always boggles my mind, lol!

Karen said...

What a wonderful gift. The quilt is beautiful.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I loved the colors in last years quilt, but, you/your mom did another great job picking colors this year, too. Girl, you look COLD with that sleeveless shirt on. It's WINTER!

Diane E W said...

What a great way to honor your father/husband. I hope you raise lots of money. Love the one from last year and this one will be just as beautiful. Whoop whoop to you and your mom.

Dayna said...

This post almost made me cry! Thank you so much for sharing all of the details. You have quite a system going! It's so wonderful that you and your mom work together.

Lemonade Gal said...

Wow! I love how you walked us through the process, and I'm loving your organization. The greens are so nice. It will be such a beautiful finish! I'm sure it will be a star for your hospice group.

~Michelle (LemonadeGal)
www.lemonadegal.wordpress.com

Shay said...

Wow you guys are incredibly organised. When I do a project like that I’m picking bits up off my floor , from my cutting table and I’m rifling through bags and boxes!

I love your greens and the fact this quilt is for a very worthy cause.

Cindy said...

How beautiful! The greens are gorgeous. I am so impressed at how organized you are! Can you come straighten my sewing room? LOL Seriously though, beautiful post. :o)

Fabrics N Quilts said...

What a great project with your mom! You 2 are uber organized!

do you mean that some people actually sew without dogs underfoot?

Whoop Whoop!

ThreeOldKeys said...

What a beautiful mom, beautiful green quilt, beautiful generation of time, goods & talent ...

In short, i'm eager to prowl around here some more. Thanks for the inspiration !

threeoldkeys
threeoldkeys.blogspot.com

ThreeOldKeys said...

of course i meant "beautifully generous gift of time ..."

typos. one of my specialties.

Patricia said...

Just Beautiful!! You two remind me of me and my mama. Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt this will be! I used to sew with my mom and miss being able to do that! It is so nice to see a photo of both of you!

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

What a wonderful thing! I love that you and your mom do the project together. What a great blessing to the hospice fundraiser, and what a great tribute to your dad's memory. Green's a favorite of mine, too. Beautiful!

elizabeth said...

Great organization! Love the green and enjoyed all of the pictures : )

viridian said...

Really loving the colors you are using. It will be a lovely quilt when finished.

tijerasycuchara said...

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I congratulate your
have a good day
Josefina
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