Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Another Pinwheel Quilt and more Mug Rugs?

Yes, yes I did. I love the pinwheel block. The many variations, all of it and Rachel Griffith's Pinwheel Sampler pattern just sings to me.

I decided to take a class from Rachel at the Fredricksburg Sewing Expo this past October where she taught how to make this sampler.  Yes, I've made it 3 or 4 times before, but I was using this class as a good cause. I REALLY wanted to make a Christmas quilt with all my holiday fabric and I always put it off. I figured this pattern would be a great way to get that done. Of course, as I pulled the fabrics, I realized that I had plenty of Christmas prints but of two distinct styles. Half were fun and funky and of non-traditional colors. The other half were the traditional prints and colors. After checking, they do not blend well. Well shit.

I thought and thought and then realized that I had plenty of pinks and Oct. was breast cancer awareness month so why not make a pink quilt and donate it?

This one came together pretty quickly because when you love a block like this like I do, you want to see it together ASAP.

I did quilt this baby but do not have photos (I forgot, I'm sorry). I asked my Instagram friends where I could donate it and received a message from someone who had a close relative going through the fight and asked if I would be willing to pass it to her to give.  I immediately agreed, the best use of a quilt is to comfort someone who needs it and let them know they are thought of and loved. The requester offered to bind the quilt and I'm sure it is now providing a good hug for the person who needs it.   Whether you know who is receiving your quilts or not, the feeling of peace for doing something kind lives within you for a long time after the gift has been given.
Speaking of Christmas and gifts, I will leave you with some Christmas mug rug creations.

This first is a very simple but effective little something to add color to the dessert counter.
Next, double sided Mug rugs for niece and nephew who have been all about hot cocoa this year. Mike and I also got them custom mugs and the kids bought them a variety pack of hot cocoas to try.
Another gift to a friend just to send a little Christmas hello.



Shay said...

The pinwheel quilt is gorgeous Beck ...and I agree with you about the warm feeling you get in your heart when you make and donate something.

Love the snowman mug rug ...so cute!

Jennifer Ward said...

Adorable, Becky!

Gari in AL said...

Love your pinwheel quilt. I made a lap quilt for a friend who was battling cancer, made it with leftover blocks. She had it for 1 1/2 years before the cancer took her but I was assured that she had it on her every day, wrapped in love. And yes, it made me feel very good, still does.

QuiltNut Creations said...

You can never have too many pinwheels! Love your quilt; so fabulous of you to give it away.