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?

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Package from Colorado

We miss our guild's friend Sally T. of the Fearless Quilters on Bainbridge Island, who moved to Colorado to be near her family. We understand - and we're happy for Sally and her family - but we miss sorting fabric and chatting together, as well as seeing her clever, creative quilt designs.

It was a so nice to receive a message from Sally, telling me to be on the lookout for a package she was sending. When it arrived, I was in for a real treat- and now, you are, too. Here is what she sent, made with fabric that we donated to her group, the Fearless Quilters of Rolling Bay:
It's amazing what she was able to create with all of those varied pieces! These quilts are so cheerful and original - the patients are going to treasure them.
Thank you for making and sending these two beautiful works of art, Sally!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grateful Patient & Family

One of our friends stopped by the other day to visit and deliver two beautiful quilts.
This friend was a patient at Seattle Children's Hospital at one time, and his mother has expressed her gratitude by making quilts to donate. We were thrilled to receive two of her fun, soft, cozy quilts, and we know that the patients who are gifted with these quilts will be, as well.

Thank you, Des & Judy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Family Support

We are deeply thankful to our family members who support Katie's Comforters Guild.
Recently, we received a pretty card and generous check from Ellie & Phil B. (the parents of our president), which will enable us to purchase materials for blankets and quilts. This is so important, especially because our guild has not hosted any fundraisers, so we operate on an "economy of grace."

Thank you, Ellie & Phil, 
for contributing generously 
to help keep Katie's Comforters Guild 
members producing comfort!

We have some gorgeous quilts ready to auction to raise funds for our guild's supplies, so if any of you have expertise in ETSY or other online shopping sites, we would welcome a donation of your time and talent to help us organize and host a fundraiser!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Good Neighbors

We have wonderful neighbors who generously support Katie's Comforters Guild.
One of those is Cami H., who is a great fleece blanket-maker. Cami has done it again with a "nod" to the Seattle Seahawks. Here are five of her latest bright, cheerful, team-spirit blankets.
These are certainly going to brighten the days of young fans who are spending time in the hospital - and the Seahawks who visit them!
Thank you, Cami!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Yelm Middle School, Part II

Do you remember THIS posting about the Yelm Middle School fleece blanket project? Here is a happy follow-up to that posting.

A couple of students from YMS have been treated at Seattle Children's Hospital, so when I sent the funds from our guild to help pay for the fleece which the class would make into blankets, I also included a copy of my book, "Because of Katie." I thought it might help the students and staff to understand what their friends were experiencing.

We received a sweet note from the staff members in charge of the project, Bethany and Jen. Here is what they said:
"Dear Karen,
Jen and I wanted to thank you so much for your generosity toward our project. Your knowledge you shared in your book and generosity from the guild helped many of our students and staff members. Jen and I are planning to repeat the project next year -- we've already started accumulating more fleece (and watching for the 70% off sales). We love watching the students give back to to others their age and loved giving N. an opportunity to help others at the hospital too.
Thank you so much for everything you do.
--Bethany and Jen"
This lovely note was accompanied by a signed photo of the class with their fleece blankets. It made my day!Thank you again, Yelm Middle School staff and students!
We can't show the photo of the students (for privacy reasons), but you can see their lovely messages
If you know of a school or group who would like to make blankets to donate to Seattle Children's Hospital's patients through Katie's Comforters Guild, please contact me here, on our facebook page or at KARENLBORENatYAHOOdotCOM.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jill, Austin and Alexis Make a Donation

I received a note from my friend Jillian D. a little while ago. Jill is the very lovely mother of adorable Austin and Alexis. Alexis is a cancer survivor who was treated at Seattle Children's Hospital, and her big sister, Austin, aspires to be a doctor. Their family has done a great deal to raise awareness of pediatric cancer, and to raise support for the hospital. Both of the girls are active and multi-talented.

Jill's note said that on her next visit to Seattle Children's Hospital, "I will be bringing the quilts (4 of them) that my neighbor made. I would love to give them in honor of Katie's guild."

Jill's neighbor, Mary F., is clearly a very talented quilter!
Austin and Alexis donating Mary's quilts to Seattle Children's Hospital through Katie's Comforters Guild
Thank you, Mary, for your generous donation of four bright, cheery quilts, and
thank you, Jill, Austin and Alexis for delivering them through our guild!