Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gifts from Lucile N. & Jeanne L.

Since our junior guild member, Briana, sent her letter to the editor of the local newspaper, we've had at least 3 new offers of help for our guild - Thank you, Briana!

Dear Lucile (our amazing "Producer") has done it again. Even with the Thanksgiving holiday, snow and her birthday, as well as a broken sewing machine that needed to be replaced, she donated another 27 quilts! Here are some photos of her latest creations (you'll see that several of them are winter-themed):
Thank you, Lucile!
A kind-hearted lady named Jeanne telephoned, and offered to donate three quilt-tops. They just need batting and another piece of fabric for the underside, as well as binding. If anyone would like to take these beautiful tops and finish them, let me know!
Thank you, Jeanne!
These gifts are going to make children who are in the hospital very happy, and bring them comfort! Thank you for supporting Katie's Comforters Guild.

Friday, December 10, 2010

10 Quilts from Bonnie P.

Guild member Bonnie P. dropped off 10 beautiful new quilts today. She also shared some great hints based upon her quilting experience. As a beginning seamstress myself, I love learning new ideas!

- Bonnie uses safety pins to pin all layers of the quilt together, so they are easy to find, and no sharp ends can be left sticking out, after quilting is finished. This is very important for patient safety.

- She uses straight pins, with large flat heads for pinning the edges of the quilt, so that these pins cannot be overlooked after sewing -  thus ensuring that no pins are left in the quilt. Again, helpful in ensuring patient safety.
Can you see the quilting in the shape of cars and trucks, red on red? Bonnie scanned her fabric, which contained cars and trucks, and enlarged these images on her computer. Then she traced them on the back side of the quilt with a water-soluble marker, quilted over the lines, and washed the marker out. Clever!
Look at these cute kittens on the beach.

Bonnie outlined the images on this one with quilting stitches.

This quilt has great details...
...Bonnie's machine can embroider letters, so she put Katie's initials on this quilt.
She also made these labels, by scanning our guild's card to her computer, and using a product called "Bubble Jet" to prepare the fabric to take the image. After printing them out, she sews them on. The labels look wonderful.

Bonnie told me that she is a very detail-oriented quilter. She has found that sewing for our guild has freed her to practice, to "think outside the box," to experiment, and so to expand her quilting repertoire.
Thank you for the beautiful quilts
and great ideas, Bonnie!

Briana's Letter to the Editor - Published!

Remember this posting?
Here is a link to the issue of the Kitsap Herald in which Briana's letter to the editor was published:

Well done, Briana!
Thank you and your mom for your continuing support of Katie's Comforters Guild!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Cooperative Blanket from Liberty Bay Books

Today, I had the pleasure of picking up a blanket that was a group effort. Suzanne Droppert, the owner of Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, asked a group of her customers if they would like to knit squares to make a blanket for Katie's Comforters Guild to give to Seattle Children's Hospital. They did, and Suzanne posted their results on facebook.
Here are two of the ladies with their handiwork, after it was knit together.
I went to the bookstore today and picked it up. It's beautiful! And it was a wonderful way for people who don't knit a lot, or who don't knit quickly, to co-op their efforts and see the rewarding results.
Thank you, Liberty Bay Books Knitters!