Hands 2 Help

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), quilts

Sometime back Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict gave the call out for her yearly charity quilts drive.  I decided to make several quilts for children to donate.  I had already had one done and set aside as she does this yearly and I participate and I was in the process of making another at the time.  She will be having a link up today and I will link up then – I write this the night before so it was too early to link – I will do that when I get up.  These are the two scrappy quilts that I made – the quilt on the left was leftovers from a scrappy quilt that my daughter took – haha – well I gave it to her but she had expressed a desire to have it lets say. The quilt on the right was made with some blocks that I had made and then they got lost in the quilt room and were found – the red/blue colors are from fabric that I had won so only right they go in a quilt for a charity.


Wrapped in plastic, boxed up and heading off to Emily at Em’s Scrapbag in Utah on Monday –  her charity is Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo – we all know chemo is not happy but maybe these can put a smile on a sick child’s face.


I well finish the 4th little basket that I had prepped for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and  I well need to get more baskets prepped to have handy when I want to pick up needle and thread.  I was asked the other day my process for appliqueing the baskets. Did I fuse first – NO – I try to make this as easy as can be and for me because I have been appliqueing for years the whole thing is easy.  I use a freezer paper template for the basket – press the freezer paper to the cloth – before you cut the basket out draw around the template with a white chalk pencil or a mechanical pencil depending on the color that is your turn under line – then remove the paper.  Cut out the pattern giving yourself about an 1/8 to 1/4 seam and center it onto the square – using the little applique pins I pin in place.  These pins being tiny rarely get caught in the thread but if you prefer to glue baste you certainly can.  Then I do needle turn applique with closely matching thread – each basket from start – pressing the paper to fabric – to taking the last thread and I cut out the back takes me less than an hour per block.  (I fold the square in half and finger press to get a good estimate on how to center the basket)  Linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.


I find it hard to believe this most recent article that has come from GenerationQMagazine – evidently there is a  secret Facebook group of quilters who seem to have banded together to drive so-called unsavory characters out of quilting. Read the article here.  Quilters bullying other quilters! what is wrong with people?

One reason I have been lazy in the sewing department is I got caught up in a new  to me author – Robert Dugoni – Tracy Crosswhite series I am now on book 3 – I had never heard of this author and found one on Amazon for $1.99 and thought I would give it a try – I loved it, it kept my interest and now I am getting one after another – well need to check and see if the library has his other books – great find!  I always seem to get a lot of reading done in the summer.  When I am sitting out on the porch I actually get more reading done then sewing – I sometimes bring sewing out to the porch but between breezes and whatnot I just find it very relaxing to sit out with my kindle and a glass of ice tea and give myself up to a book –

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17 comments… add one
  • Marianne May 21, 2017

    Hmmm… quilt bullies. Well, I guess there are bullies everywhere. Sometimes at a guild show and tell, I will think unkind thoughts about a quilt (usually it’s related to neatness), but I keep it to myself and it’s usually not about the person, just the quilt. Could it be that those who bully just don’t have enough going on in their lives?

    Thanks for the new author – will have to keep an eye out for the first in the series.

  • Teri Dingler May 21, 2017

    Quilt bullies? Oh my goodness! What will they think of next??!! Love the baskets and thanks for all the tips you share! It sure has improved my quilting skills!

  • Kathi May 21, 2017

    I don’t like quilt bullying…but I love that you found time to make and quilt donation quilts for kids! I am loving how fast you are progressing with your baskets… wish I could order some fabric but car buying and all took extra $$ this month… hopefully Craftsy will have another fun sale in the future… I really want to try out their solid Boundless for an upcoming quilt… need 7 yards too!!! lol
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  • CathieJ May 21, 2017

    There are bullies in every form of craft telling people what is the right and what is the wrong way to do things or what is the right and wrong way to look or act in order to be an artist of any type. Really?! Can’t we all just embrace our individuality and creativity, because without it we would all still be sewing just a very few quilt patterns and not thoroughly enjoying the magnitude of options and talent in this world. By the way, your donation quilts are very pretty.
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  • Deb May 21, 2017

    I went over to read the article….crazy!
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  • deb May 21, 2017

    I saw that article too – so sad. I have been fortunate to only get positive comments on my attempts in the sewing room over the years…. life is too short for such negativity.
    Love those baskets…. they just make me smile whenever you show them! Reading on the porch with a cool glass of something sounds like a slice of heaven. Enjoy.
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  • Barbara May 21, 2017

    I listened to Karen McTavish’s response on facebook a week ago and that’s how I heard about these awful people. This is not quilting technique bullying this is personal and hateful bullying of lifestyle or looks. I long for the days of “political correctness” where we all respect each others differences.

  • maxine lesline May 21, 2017

    Gwen Marston and Freddie Moran must be laughing heartily about the quilt bullies…their wildly succcessful
    departure from quilt ‘norms’ has brought them fame and money beyond belief…and decades ago Gwen became the doyen of “Liberated Quilting”.. probably because we all welcomed the encouragement to shove off the strictures of tradition. Your charity quilts are not only lovely but a wonderful reminder to all of us to think of the less fortunate.

  • Carole May 21, 2017

    Your baskets look great. Thanks for sharing about this hater group, I am absolutely appalled at this bullying story! I’ll be sharing it on my blog this week. Bullying in any form is wrong!
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  • Donna May 21, 2017

    Love the charity quilts! At first I started laughing about the quilt bullies; the thought of a group of gray haired ladies bullying other quilters made me laugh until I read the article! How horribly sad that quilters are bullying other quilters! It is being anonymous behind the computer! Personally I think she should call them out by name. They will keep doing it while no one knows who they are!

  • Diann Bottrell May 21, 2017

    Your Hands2Help quilts are so pretty! Someone will sure enjoy them! Thanks for the book recommendations, too. I will definitely look for them, as murder mysteries are my favoritr genre!
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  • Cynthia Brunz May 21, 2017

    Wonderful donation quilts. Both will bring great comfort to someone. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

    And I have no tolerance for bullies of any kind. Of course the cowards are anonymous.
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  • Karen Beigh May 21, 2017

    The larger print blue fabric makes a pretty basket.
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  • Belarmina May 21, 2017

    Karen vi este articulo hace dias en Facebook
    aunque el traductor de google es malo he podido entender esto,
    tus cesta van rápido y muy bonitas
    las colchas para los niños un gran trabajo
    buen samana

  • Sarah Craig May 21, 2017

    Love love love your scrappy quilts! And the story about your daughter – it’s such a rush when my daughter wants one of my quilts, I imagine it is for you too!
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  • Sharon May 23, 2017

    Beautiful H2H quilts! Charity quilting feels so good!!

  • Louise May 23, 2017

    Your donation quilts are very nice! I’m sure they will help comfort a sick child. It’s very generous of your to share your time and talents 🙂
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