Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Red Ball on A Seam Ripper...Who Knew?

I just saw this on Facebook, it is not mine, I am taking it from someone who shared this with all of us and it comes from Pam Amour over at the Decorating Diva.  Click on this and you will be shocked (I know I was). 

Who knew? All these years and I never knew this and I am not even sure my grandmother knew it. Then again, not sure she made many oopsie's! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

One Down and One To Go For Canada


While we accept quilts and are always so happy to receive them, I also donate quilts to help other organizations and this years Hands2Help charity quilting I chose to send to a Canadian organization to help children in need.

They were looking for lap sized quilts and I felt I could actually start and finish one since someone had donated the completed blocks, all I had to do was sew them together add 2 borders, the back and binding and voila...done!

I volunteered this year to send 2 quilts and am now on the search through my stash to find fabric for a quilt for a boy.  I am not sure how other charities fare, but we seem to wind up with many more female and baby geared quilts than we have requests for.

There are more needs for us to have gender neutral or male quilts because YES, 911 professionals are male and female.  

One down and one to go! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Placer County Says Thank You

Look what I just found in my morning Facebook posts, this amazing picture and the following note from Placer County Sheriff's 911 professionals.

'A great big THANK YOU from Placer County Sheriff's Dispatch for the beautiful quilts we received. this photo was taken as we received the quilts and were told the beautiful story behind them. thank you, thank you!'

I cannot thank all of you enough for the quilts you continue to share with this ministry/organization for our unseen heroes!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thank You From Twisp and Room One!

On The Road to Okanogan County
So many feelings and thoughts racing through my mind right now and knowing that God truly is blessing and wanting me to continue this ministry.

This morning, going through the closets and seeing about the only quilts I have left are for babies and small children, I prayed and said, Lord, I can't do this alone we have so many quilts still needing to be sent and the bins are empty, I think it is time to say good-bye to Layers of Hope and move forward.

Can I say, God works miracles? Normally I do not answer calls from Private Caller, however, I am expecting a call from a counselor and thought perhaps it was her.

Instead, it was a Disaster Case Manager calling me from Room One
a non-profit organization located in Twisp, WA in Okanogan County and the disaster center for those that lost all in the Carlton Complex Fire last summer.

On November 1, 2014, a friend of mine left our homes and drove to Okanogan County and delivered quilts to many of the agencies (police and fire) that helped with the fires as well as to the local hospital who needed supplies and dropped off for Room One.

It is during these times, I gather quilts, I deliver or mail quilts, you mail quilts and we move on to the next need. If we get a thank you, I always pass them on and if we don't, I totally understand people are trying to rebuild their lives, they don't have time for thank you notes.

The woman on the phone told me, the quilts we took up to the area, the boxes of quilts the families who lost everything got to go through meant more to these families than a $5000 check to repair their home because it was the first thing many of them received to give them hope.

The quilts she said many times opened the flood gates of emotions these families were holding in because it showed them the compassion of strangers and most of the times it was the first thing that was theirs to keep and hand onto since they lost their homes.

The quilts were the best thing that happened to these people I was told and she only wished I could see the smiles, the tears and feel the joy she has been able to see and feel as the families come in and go through the boxes to pick out the quilt that fits them whether it is color, quilt pattern, theme, it is something that is theirs and she said they are so overwhelmed and thankful.

To all of you, who continue to support Layers of Hope - Quilting 911 with quilts, with fabric, with prayers, you have my deepest love and admiration and thanks from my heart, God Bles

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Thank You Quilt

 This quilt has taken much longer than I expected it to, thanks to the wonderful respiratory bug that grabbed me with all it had and is still refusing to let go!  But it is boxed up and heading to its new owner today.

I actually got away in January of this year for 4.5 days and flew into Phoenix for a friends daughters wedding.  It was an amazing time and an old co-worker said I could stay with him and his girlfriend while I was in town.

From the moment I met Katrina, it was easy to see we would be friends and talk about gracious host and hostess, they waited up for me the first night, they had a spare bedroom made up with a bed almost as comfy as home and a bathroom that was fully stocked with anything I might need.

I got up in the morning, and they were up and asked me what I would like for coffee and quickly made me a cup or deliciousness and loaned me their travel mug as I had to be somewhere that morning.

One thing I learned we both had in common is a voraciousness for reading, we both love to read and she would curl up on their couch and read while Michael and I would talk.  It was during one of these times I found out, she loves quilts and the color blue.

We spent Saturday evening going to dinner and she showed me where I could purchase Cafe du monde, Beignet mix,(which if you haven't had these amazingly light and airy heavenly donuty treat, you don't know what you are missing) now, how many people would I run into in Phoenix that knew about these?

Sunday, was the wedding and I had church and then off to have lunch with a friend, however, it turned out my son had some issues regarding his taxes and by the time we were done...I had to get to a wedding.

Now, showing up a wedding in dress jeans and heels would be great. However, all I had on was a Seahawks sweat shirt, but Katrina and Michael came to the rescue, grabbed my blouse for the wedding and delivered it in time for me to change.

It was then I knew I would be coming home and making her a special thank you.

The back is fleece and there is batting in between the layers. I know she will love it, just as I love her as a the wonderful person she is!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

How To Prevent Fleece From Sticking To My Cutting Board...HELP!

I need to know if anyone else has ever had this issue when cutting a fleece backed quilt?

This is the fleece that was left behind after each time I would pick up the quilt to move to make a new cut. It was like the mat was a sticky mat.

I have never had this happen in the past and I am not sure what to make of it.

This is not in the cutting grooves as my mat is fairly new, it just appears it collecting the fleece as I would pull it away from the quilt.

I am open to any suggestions on ways to prevent this, what may have caused this from those that have far more experience than I do!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Don't Forget Your Cutting Mat

I always remember to clean the lint off my cutting mat, but I never much gave thought to giving it a nice warm bath once in awhile.

Many long time quilters probably know this, but I didn't so I wanted to share this link with all of you to see how to care for your cutting mats.