Here’s another #31dayblogchallenge post. Happy Monday you guys!
Something cool’s happening in the quilting community on Instagram. If you’re on it you should check out the hashtag #getyourquiltywishesgranted and participate. Here’s how it works. Search that hashtag and check out the wishlists. Grant some of those wishes before posting your own.
How awesome is that? I hoped to find some piecing thread and have three people sending me Aurifil. Really! I’m thinking putting another ask out there for tree blocks. I don’t yet have enough for the final border of the turtles quilt.
What’s most exciting for me is the giving. Here’s a photo of the first 12 envelopes going out with tomorrow’s mail.
There’s small prints for a postage stamp quilt, traditional fabrics for an aunt who’s a new quilter, low volume scraps for a background, animal fabrics for a toddler’s I-spy quilt and more. This is for the quilter who’s looking for mice.
Pictured here are 40ish pieces of 16 polka-dot fabrics. The lady making a polka-dot quilt is going to be thrilled that she has more variety. My cost? Time and a postage stamp. If she had to buy these 16 fabrics, it’d be 1/4 yard minimum from a quilt shop. That’s 4 yards of fabric when all she needs is this little bit. How wonderful that this community movement is happening? I’m not the only one helping her out so she’ll receive even more variety which will make her project all the more interesting. That sure makes me feel good.
Isn’t that a great way to kick off the holiday season? Happy Hannukah to my friends who celebrate and happy holidays to all. See you tomorrow.
Here’s the youtube link if you just want to skip to my part:
How’d that happen? Well, I went to a workshop sponsored by my quilt guild where Ami Simms was the teacher. (It was her twisted sister class.) As I usually do, I crumb-pieced blocks together as I worked instead of using leaders and enders. Ami asked about it and ended up filming my explanation. So cool, right?!?! She said that a customer asked about sorting and using scraps in the comments of her January newsletter. So, right place, right gal, right time… all of this fit nicely into the ideas that were already being formed for the February newsletter in response to that customer.
I feel honored that such a super-star quilter felt inspired by me and what I do. My award-winning quilt, “Picking Up The Pieces” even appeared in the mostly smart-phone-recorded video. What’s even cooler is that I’m helping to fill a need too. Win-win…. for the win! 🙂
I’m on my way back home tomorrow! I’ve had such a super wonderful time in St. Louis and am looking forward to a nice long hug from my husband. And some kitty snuggles. I’ll have a bunch of posts for you guys as I download photographs, experiences, jokes, and life lessons. For now, here’s a little insight onto how I’m able to turn trash to treasure with a little help from my friends.
Some of my quilting buddies have taken to collecting and saving their scraps of fabric for me. I love using teeny tiny pieces of fabrics for my crumb piecing projects, and they feel good that these bits aren’t ending up in the trash. My friend Melissa says it’s like going back to the origin of quilting, sewing together every usable bit of fabric. It was out of necessity way back when. You know, keep the family bed warm with what’s left of dresses and flour sacks. When I get scraps, they come in “Megan Bags” which look something like this:
Yup, this one’s mostly batiks. Aren’t they pretty?! I turn on the TV or Hulu and start the sort. The pieces that are too small even for me (yes, there are a few) go in a bag for community service at one of my quilt guilds. They stuff pillows for the homeless with those bits. The rest, I sort by color into bins.
When I stop for the night, usually when the show is over or the Megan bag is empty, I transfer the sorted fabric into the larger drawers that I use to store scraps. Here’s what some of them will become: