Annie is our west coast CSQ member and a very active participant in giving quilts to our veterans. Annie mailed 2 quilts earlier this month and there was a delay in their arrival which had Annie and I both a bit nervous, especially when the tracking number showed no progress for nearly a week. She put in an inquiry at her post office in Vashon Island, WA, and the internal tracking by the USPS showed the box was in Maryland (for a week?). Finally, it arrived and we were so relieved.
The sturdy box looked fine, except for this big hole which tells a story of something causing it to have been delayed. (Perhaps catching on something and falling off the conveyor belt?)
I opened the box and wasn't prepared to see all this gorgeousness!
Two beautiful quilts with RED MINKY on the backs and beautiful quilting.
Quilt #1 is the mystery quilt designed and offered by Vicki - directions can be found on Vicki's blog. Annie enjoyed piecing this quilt as did many of us - very attractive quilt,
Annie - thanks again, Vicki, for such good directions.
Quilt #2 is another beauty! The center design is made with HST (Half Square Triangles). I'm sure Annie used "Triangulations" - as she's the one who introduced me to this fabulous software and she's a pro at making HST quilts. I should have taken a close-up but it was another cloudy day and the lighting wasn't that great. Wow - and look at her border! Perhaps Annie can leave a comment telling us more about this quilt pattern.
Here are pictures of the quilt backs - even though the colors are not correct.
They are both RED, not that rosy pink color. Just look at the quilting and think Minky softness.
At the last meeting we discussed the veterans quilts and, I believe, we have found the perfect home for our quilts. We have been asked to adopt an outpatient unit at McGuire. They have many dialysis and chemo patients that do not get the attention of the admitted patients. These patients also get cold during their treatments. The hospital will label the quilts and keep them at the hospital for them to use on every visit. When their treatments are done the patients will get to take the quilts home with them.
We can deliver the quilts at any time and the hospital will take care of distributing them to the patients. We can deliver multiple times a year so that we do not have to store all of the quilts for a year.
To prepare for the first delivery we would like to have all of the completed and labeled quilts brought to the October meeting. We should have 30 or more quilts ready already just based on the ones that I've quilted. What a prolific group!
For inspiration here are more of the ones that I quilted in the last month. These are all out for binding.
You all were very busy piecing tops for veterans this summer! I have quite a pile here to get quilted. I hope to get through all of these by the September meeting. I'll take any other that you have in September and that will be the last that I will take for this year. I'm going to quilt as many as I can before my new longarm arrives but after that I'll be working only on my own quilts until early in 2015.
Here are the ones I've finished since the last meeting. These bring the tally to 21 for the year. You will see 4 homespun quilts. Those were pieced by a blog friend and they need volunteers to bind them. Patty did include the binding with the quilt tops.
If you want to pick up a quilt before the September meeting just give me a call or and email.
Enjoy the show! #22 is loaded and ready for quilting.