Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thanks for a Gift from Patti

Our Vice President, Mary, recently received a donation to Katie's Comforters Guild from her friend, Patti: this soft, cheerful, beautifully-sewn quilt.
Look at those brightly-colored fabrics, and that adorable center square!
This precious gift will bring warmth and comfort to a patient and family.
Thank you, Patti!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kris's Gifts via Cindy and David

On Saturday, we had the privilege of accepting a gift from two families who reached out in their own grief to bring comfort to others. This kind of gift is deeply honored, and we want to tell you about the donors.

Cindy contacted me a while ago about her talented and creative friend, Kris. Kris had a beautiful eye for design, and had a collection of fabric which reflected it. Sadly, Kris had a very advanced cancer; however, in her own time of need, she was thinking of others. She and Cindy sought a new home for her fabric, and in their search, they found Katie's Comforters Guild.

We hoped to meet one day to make the transfer of fabric, but Kris's health declined too rapidly to allow for that. She passed away a few weeks after our initial contact, and later, Cindy contacted me. On Saturday, Cindy and her husband, David, came to Poulsbo deliver the fabric to us.

We agreed to meet at Katie's memorial bench.
They brought two baskets and two boxes of gorgeous, vibrantly-colored fabric. Kris clearly had exquisite taste in fabric - and in friends.
If you would like to make a quilt (or quilts) for Katie's Comforters Guild to donate to patients at Seattle Children's Hospital, and are in need of new fabric, please leave a message for me here, or on our facebook page. It will be a privilege to work with Kris' stash and turn it into comfort for sick children!

Thank you, Cindy and David, and thank you, Alexa! 
Though we never met her, we honor Kris's memory, her generosity of spirit and her creative talents.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A New Way to Share, Thanks to Kay

My blogging friend, Kay, recently posted about an app which she uses to make scrapbooking easy. If you know me well, you know that I gave up scrapbooking and never looked back. I do enjoy taking and looking at photos, but I got very tired of the "racket" that is the scrapbooking-accessory business, as well as the cost, mess and fuss of gathering, organizing and storing all of the accessories. Kay has found a solution to all of that!
It's an app called Project Life, and it is available for the iPhone and iPad (I think). {By the way, this is not a sponsored post.}
Using the app, I was able to make these pages right on my iPhone! Thay are going to come in handy when I make a presentation to a youth group about our guild, later this month. I printed the pages and will put them on a tri-fold display board. No need for a computer, power cords or slideshow presentation, and the group can borrow the board to share with their community, if they wish.
 Thank you, Kay, for the inspiration!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fun Fall Fleece from Cami

We received a festive fall donation today from our friend, Camille: eight fleece blankets in warm colors and themes - and perfectly timed for the patients who are college football fans.
You can see that she took care to be scrupulously fair between the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars, donating two blankets featuring each team - in addition to themes that will be fun for younger children.
Thank you, Cami! 
Your donation will brighten the day of eight children and their families!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Katie's Comforters Guild is Now on Seattle Children's Hospital's Guild Webpage

Katie's Comforters Guild is now on the Seattle Children's Hospital webpage! I have been watching for this - now people can find us online when they are searching for a quilting/crafting guild, and/or one headquartered in Kitsap County. Although you can be a member of Katie's Comforters Guild no matter where you live, it's nice to see us represented in print online with other guilds which do their own wonderful work.

Click on THIS LINK and scroll down (guilds are listed alphabetically) to find us, and share with your community!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thanks to Jaimee M.

We received an email from a friend of our guild named Jaimee M. She has made six more quilts and blankets for our guild and is going to send them to Seattle Children's Hospital. First, though, she kindly took photos and included them in her email.
Thank you, Jaimee!
Each one of these will bless a patient (and family) with comfort and warmth!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gratitude for Support from Liberty Bay Books

We are blessed to have an independent, locally-owned bookstore in our town. Liberty Bay Books may be located in a small town, but it has a HUGE heart! The store hosts a knitting group which kindly supports Katie's Comforters Guild with their time and talent. Here is their latest donation:
four knitted and crocheted blankets in a variety of colors and textures, all warm and cozy.
Thank you, Suzanne Droppert and 
Liberty Bay Books Knitters!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lucile and Noble Do it Again!

Our dear Guild members, Lucile and Noble Nilsen, have done it again, donating 21 new quilts and blankets recently donated.
 When she is short of satin blanket binding, Lucile makes her own - sometimes combining different coordinating colors for a completely original look.
These are the quilts - the rest are fleece blankets, which I was not able to photograph.

Thank you, Lucile and Noble!
Happy (belated) Birthday wishes to you, Noble!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lucile & Noble's Latest 30

Last week, I had the fun of introducing Lucile and Noble to my mother for the first time. Lucile and Noble are so inspiring to all of us, and as a fellow guild member, my mom had been wanting to meet them. It was a treat for everyone. It was also exciting to see what they had brought with them:
30 new quilts and blankets!
I would have liked to take all of these out of their bags and photographed them to show you, but I have pulled a muscle in my back and cannot do tasks like that for the next week or so. You'll have to imagine them.

Lucile and Noble amaze me with their generosity and work ethic. Lucile always says, "I've got to keep busy!" Remember, she is in her 90s, with Noble nearly 90 himself. What a wonderful example of a productive, happy, healthy marriage partnership and retirement!

Thank you, Lucile and Noble! 
Next time, I hope to be able to show off all of your handiwork (after my back heals).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Fleece Experiment

Yesterday, I went to JoAnn Fabrics and bought enough fleece to make a few blankets. I have been wanting to try an experiment.

When making fleece blankets, we typically cut a square out of each corner before we cut the fringe into the blanket. I don't like to waste fabric, so I have saved a batch of those fleece corner squares (friends like Cami have also saved and donated them), and I have been thinking of ways to use them.
Tie-dyed fleece with corner squares from other fleece blankets
Today, I sewed some of them onto blue tie-dyed fleece, using a zigzag stitch around all four sides of the squares. I chose colors that would coordinate with the blue, and give it a little bit more "pizzazz." I made two of them, using different-colored squares for each.
What do you think of the finished product? 
Have you ever used your leftover fleece in this way?