Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Generous Gifts from Lucile

Today, Gregg and I made a trip up to visit Lucile and Noble Nilsen. You may recall Lucile as a generous quilter in her 80s who has made several thousand quilts for charity - she averages sewing about one quilt per DAY!

We took a drive north of our home, and found Lucile and Noble at their house, with 40 quilts to donate! We had a glass of lemonade together and a nice visit, and had the pleasure of giving Lucile the fabric that Sue A. donated. We also gave her some batiks that were donated by Gregg's cousin, Karol. Here are the batiks:
Lucile will have these new materials to work with as she makes more beautiful quilts for Katie's Comforters Guild to give to Seattle Children's Hospital. She has donated 106 quilts to the hospital, to date!

Lucile has a multicolored supply of embroidery floss that she would be happy to share . If any of you needs embroidery floss for tacking your quilts by hand, please leave a message here and I will get some for you.

Thank you, Lucile & Noble!

Friday, July 23, 2010

More Gifts of Fabric and Quilts!

We are having a great week at Katie's Comforters Guild: a new donation of fabric and 12 beautiful quilts were received.
I'm very thankful, as always, for the quilts (I am going to make a delivery to the hospital next week).
Aren't they luscious? I'm thrilled.
I'm also thrilled about the fabric, because we can share it with quilters who donate generously of their time and talent to our guild. This fabric will make it easier for them to continue to support Katie's Comforters Guild.
Thank you to Sue A.
for the fabric,
and Thank you to the Coleman family
for the gorgeous quilts!
Your gifts will soon make a wonderful difference to a sick child at Seattle Children's Hospital!

If you are a guild member and haven't received your discount card for use at JoAnn Fabric and Craft stores, please contact me! We still have a lot of them to give to guild members for use in buying materials for making blankets for the hospital.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Way to Label Blankets

One of our guild members, Karen W., has given us a number of helpful suggestions. She shared a good idea about labeling the blankets we donate, using the cards that I made that tell about our guild.

If you haven't seen the cards, and want to receive some, please send me an email. The front looks something like this (I'm having difficulty with the formatting on blogger, so it looks better in person), and the back side has a brief explanation of what our guild does:

Katie’s Comforters Guild at
Seattle Children's Hospital
M/S S-200, PO Box 50020
4800 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98145-5020

Karen W. sews the paper cards onto the blankets that she makes with a small stitch onto the corner of the quilt, and ties a knot in it. The recipient can easily remove the small knot (and card) when they receive the blanket. She suggested that this might even inspire friends or family members to share our story and spread the word about the guild.

A family friend, Marisa, recently donated some beautiful batik fabric. Here are photos of the pieces:
Aren't they gorgeous? If you need fabric for making quilts, and would like to use some of this batik, please let me know.

Thank you, Karen & Marisa!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Five New Quilts from Bonnie P.

On Friday, I had the pleasure of a visit from one of our guild members, Bonnie Petersen. Bonnie delivered 5 beautiful quilts that she made. Here she is, surrounded by them:
One of the great things about these quilts is that Bonnie very cleverly made 4 of them out of donated materials! Now, THAT is thrifty.
Please remember: if you are going to use donated fabric, it must be NEW, not recycled (no cut up blankets, sheets, etc., but only NEW, unused fabric). This fabric was donated by a quilter who was clearing out her "stash."

Look at how wonderful the quilts are:
Bonnie also bought some Yogi Bear fabric to make a quilt. Do you remember Yogi & Boo-Boo? I loved that cartoon when I was little!
Thank you, Bonnie!

Art Glass Raffle for Cancer Research

A little while ago, I mentioned the Seattle Children's Cancer Advocacy Network (Seattle Kids C.A.N.), a group of which I'm a member. We are gearing up for Pediatric Cancer Month, which is September, and one of the great ideas that has come from our members is a raffle of art glass made by some of the cancer research team at Seattle Children's Hospital. Information about the raffle and photos of the gorgeous glass pieces can be found on .
I love the name, since the pieces were made at a glass blowing studio! Please check out the website, and consider buying a raffle ticket.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Remember this Article?

Do you recall the article published on the Blissfully Domestic website (in November, 2009)about Katie's Comforters Guild? In case you missed it, here is a link to the article, "A Small Act With Big Impact." 
Feel free to share the link.

New Quilts from Rhonda & Carol

One of the beauties of the internet is the way it helps people to connect across the miles.
A great example of this is the inquiry that I received on our facebook page from Rhonda Casey. Her mother is a quilter, and wanted to donate her work to Katie's Comforters Guild - all the way from NEBRASKA!
You can imagine how thrilled I was when (after facebook and email messages were exchanged) a box arrived, containing these two lovely quilts.
Thank you, Rhonda and Carol!