The pattern is from Little Charmers 5 by Heather Mulder Peterson for Anka's Treasures. It called for charm packs, but I managed to find everything I needed in my fabric cupboards. It's a tiny little runner, a perfect fit for her table. And doesn't it look cute on my little custom-made table on the deck? Woodworker Hubby made this years ago just to hold the deck umbrella and a drink or two!
I also gifted my sister a zippered pouch from a pattern I've used many times! The "Patchwork Pouch" is a design by Sherri K. Falls of This and That Patterns. The design was featured in the Spring 2011 edition of Quilts and More. I used batiks from Island Batik Inc., fabrics I had won awhile back from a giveaway with The Material Girls.
I really enjoy batiks, and these shades were downright yummy! I used quick strip quilting techniques to piece the front and the back.
Then I used the template to cut the cuves.
I pieced the front and back, used a few decorative stitches to add pizazz, added a little batting, installed a zipper, zipped it all up, and it was ready to meet its new owner!
With retirement I also have time to gift to worthy causes! On June 25, I received an email from Julie from Having Fun Quilting. She was letting people know about the devastating fires taking place in the hills of Wood Hollow, to the west of her community in Fairview, Utah. She had decided to coordinate an effort to provide quilts for the families of those who had lost their homes. In no time at all, the quilt blog community responded to Julie's plea. In fact, the response was so huge that Julie has recently created a new blog, specific to this cause, called Phoenix Quilts.
Julie's efforts have grown from assisting those 52 families affected by the fires in Wood Hollow, to include a total of 743 families who have lost their homes in the states of Utah, Colorado, and Idaho. Over 100 quilts and quilt tops have already been received, with more on the way. Donations of quilt blocks, fabric, backing, thread, and monetary donations have also been received but more is needed.
I immediately pledged to send a cuddle quilt. My intent was to quilt it myself, but it would take toooo long, and Julie assures us that she has machine quilting elves just waiting to do their magic! I see that quilts are already being delivered so I want to get it in the mail as soon as possible. I went to my cupboard and found the pattern book and all the materials I had purchased last year to make the Hugs and Kisses quilt from this Layer Cake Recipe Book by Cozy Quilt Designs.
I plan to piece this quick and cute quilt top this week(fingers crossed I can really get it done in a few days) and send it along.
The fabrics I have ready for the quilt were put together in a kit by Linda of Fiddlestitches. Love them...they are bright and bold...just the thing to brighten someone's day! The pattern uses layer cake squares and charm squares so I'm ready to roll!
As I mentioned, Julie says she has lots of quilters who will quilt the tops that are sent. Please spread the word and do what you can to help out. All the information you need is at Phoenix Quilts. Thank you Julie for having a quilter's heart of gold and helping me participate in the spirit of gifting/giving!
Just a reminder that the next monthly Christmas Quiltalong, created by Quilt Sue at Quilt Times, is scheduled for this Saturday, July 14. Lynn will be our lovely host at Sew'n Wild Oats Quilting. Make sure you visit her blog...always an inspiration! Join us for the 6th installment of the Christmas Festive Mystery quilt designed by Quilt Sue, or just join us and sew on anything you want that might be Christmas-related! We love Christmas! (Parts 1-5 are posted at the top of my blog so you can catch up!)
I finished my 24 blocks of the mystery quilt so am all caught up! I had a lot of fun playing with the arrangements of the blocks. The combination of the 24 blocks will form the centre of the quilt.
I think I'll go with the first arrangement. I love the way patterns show up in the blocks, like the square...
I now have a lot of sewing to do, and it's a great day for quilting!