Saturday, November 30, 2013

Quilting & Joy

Well, I do have Christmas songs drifting through my mind:

Comfort & Joy

Quilting & Joy!
So, on that fabulous note I hereby introduce you to the January blocks for the Humility Circle of do. Good Stitches.
Our quilt host, Vickey sent us the following:

Our quilts will be going to the residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A friend actually got me involved in this worthwhile cause. For those of you who are unaware the Pine Ridge Reservations houses approximately 18,000 Native Americans. The reservation is stricken with alcoholism and poverty. The unemployment rate on the reservation is 80 percent. One in every four children on the reservation will be born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Many of the homes are nothing more than shacks with no heat or electric. Some may ask why these people would not leave the reservation but we all know how difficult it is to break free from generations of this type of behavior.
I chose the name Humility because I was told in Native American culture to give a blanket shows Humility. Our quilts will go to those in need in all stages of life but the social worker who delivers these is aware that our focus is more toward the children and teens. 
Anyhoo, ten of us make two blocks each month as posted on our Flickr page, and it is truly exciting, and I am learning lots, and introducing new blocks into my repertoire.
Vickey blogs over at Gingersnaps Quilts.  A sweet site.  I'm going to follow her pillow case tutorial when I complete the quilt for our guest room.

Our quilter asked us to make two blocks from the Autumn Star Quilt Block from Fresh Lemon Quilts.  Specifications included colors: aqua, blues, gray, and white.  The first block was trickier than the second.  I had a harder time cutting the inner star points equally, but managed to figure it out by finishing the block.  The next inner star points are more equal as I used the 45 degree angle mark on my ruler to line up with the diagonal seam and then I cut half of what needed to be trimmed, rotated to the other two sides and cut half again, trimming to a 2.5" square.  Confused?  Feel free to ask for more specifics.  I did find a couple helpful resources including fellow quilters of the Humility Circle.

Back at the end of October, and now it's the end of November, I made this Vera Bag put out by Green Bee.  I purchased it from Pink Chalk Fabrics.  I didn't fully appreciate the stiffness of the fusible interfacing, and I got a couple bubbles and wrinkles that have disappeared while it's been hanging on my doorknob for a month now.  Hoping to use it, as the Go Anywhere I use now is most awesome, but heavy for my current shoulder/neck issue.  This one is a bit smaller with a double inner pocket that is stitched to fit my phone perfectly.

More to come soon, as I've been sewing away over here.

Tidings of Quilting and Joy!!


  1. Greetings! I've come over from the Small Blog Meet at Lily's Quilts. It looks as if you've been busy. It is interesting to hear about the charity quilts made by others. Keep Stitching, Liz!

  2. Your blocks are fantastic, and what a great reason to make a quilt for someone else!

    1. Right? I get to learn new quilty things. Love. that.

  3. You made very beautiful blocks for a great cause and I admire your bag. Somehow I have always put those kind of bags back on my to do list, maybe because I have never worked with this kind of interfacing? But one day I want one!

    1. Bags can be so gratifying. Instant new item!

  4. Great blocks Liz! I love the bag too. Thanks for sharing our group on your blog!

  5. I love the idea of charity quilts. Such a nice way to show someone that someone does care.