Friday, July 13, 2012

FTF - Donation Quilts

I was looking at my quilt tops the other day and I had a bit of a talking to with myself.  I have a goal this year to create 6 charity quilts, start to finish. It's ambitious for me b/c I also have a goal this year to reduce the WIPs drastically.  So far, the charity quilts have been the motivation to finish the WIPs so I don't have tons of tops hanging about.

Now that I've said that, I've got one charity quilt completed

and one additional top completed.

I have been thinking of donating this next top to a local ACTS Shelter to have on hand when a young one comes in. It's a design I tried but wasn't in love with and has no home. I thought a child who needs comfort and a little fun in his/her life might like it.  What do you think?

So, that would be three.  I also have squares cut for a fourth top but haven't put them together yet.

I think I'm doing okay but at the same time I'm still dissatisfied and think I need to do more.  I actually feel like I'm being called to do more. I've felt that way for awhile, now but again, I've been putting it off so I am not taking on more than I can chew with family and work added to the mix.  This makes me feel guilty.

I need to get my house in order, and do it now, because my 'waiting' for the right time is pretty much over. I don't know when I will officially reach out to the group I'd like to be a part of but I know it's going to be this year at some point and probably sooner rather than later. It's not as big a deal as I'm making it sound, it's just a bigger time commitment than I'm used to being able to give.

Anyway, it brings me to my FTF today. My favorite thing is creating and donating quilts to charity.  I love knowing that each stitch is carrying prayers, love, blessings, good will, healing and comfort to someone in the world.  I love hearing the stories others tell when they give a quilt away and I enjoy hearing about the good feelings the givers get in the process.  It's such a wonderful circle of love.

In the last couple of years, I've made and donated 3 quilts and 2 blocks for a quilt.

As I readied this post today, I paused in uploading my photos to read another's post.  Please have a read, it's a great example of how one donation, can have a great impact.

Alycia Quilts: The Start of Healing

That said, if you don't have time to make a whole quilt, perhaps make a top and partner with a quilter who will quilt it. Send it off to your favorite charity.  Children's Hospitals often have need for comfort quilts... go small.  All I'm asking is, if you haven't yet, please consider donating.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Check out Shay's blog for other FTFs this week!



Cynthia L. said...

I was busy posting about your wonderful husband and when I came back to Mrs P's I saw you had a corrected version of FTF! I think it is wonderful that you have donated so many quilts. I began a goal of donating 6 last year, but then we moved and I have had a hard time getting back into quilting. You have inspired to get back to my goal. Thanks for posting.

* said...

And you have also reminded me that I am WAY behind in my annual 6 charity quilt goal. I am so blessed and really want to share that blessing: thanks for reminding me to "get on the stick."

Shay said...

I really need to get my backside into gear and do some charity quilts. You've inspired me.

I wandered off to read the linked post. I think we forget the impact our quilting can have and it was so good to be reminded of how something as simple as a quilt can help.

thea said...

hmmm. something I need to think about doing. Loved your other post too.

QuiltNut Creations said...

Beautiful quilts. Such a wonderful thing to donate them.

Kate said...

I put a QOV on my bucket list for this year. I'm starting small. Great favorite.

2ne said...

Nice quilts - thanks for chearing :-)

Kay Lynne said...

I love making donation quilts. Just knowing that someone out there is being kept warm under a quilt that I made makes me happy :)

Barb said...

I love all of your quilts, you have certainly been busy.

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