Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Rotaplast Mission in Mexico



Terry sent me this photo of a Rotaplast mission in Mexico during the month of May. Anyone recognize this quilt?

Sorry the picture is poor quality. The picture was sent as a pdf, which I can't edit.. I wasn't sure what to do, so I just pulled it up on my compter screen, and took a picture of the screen. It'll do in a pinch, I guess.

--carol e.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Weekend of Sewing

I finally got to start playing with my orphan blocks, so I have been churning out quilt tops this weekend. A couple of quilts even got finished. I already posted some of my results. Here are some more. Now, I'm going to do the Jeannie Blink and hope they turn into finished quilts in a flash!


Needs to be enlarged.. right now it's only 32" x 32".


another WIP that has already been altered and has had some rows added.. will be a finished top soon


a flimsy


another flimsy

Blink! Blink! It doesn't seem to be working! Blink! Blink! .... rats!

--carol e.

Whew! I'm back...

Thanks Carol E. for getting us updated!  (and for bearing with my delete key tendencies!!!)

I've updated my profile, cleaned a little on my sewing room and pulled out some tops to finish.  I need to get back into the Sunshine frame of mind.  I've read and lived through everyone's quilty postings...as there has not been much quilting happening here for the last 3 years.   I've enjoyed your photos and the new patterns and settings.  It's good to feel well enough to join in again!

I've spent the last 2 days at my sewing machine.   I had a Challenge for another list that I'm co-owner of...for the Mission of Hope project.  The top is finished.  I have to present the finished quilt to our shipper in a couple of months.   We ship lap-kid sized quilts to battered women's shelters around the US.   It's great because the quilts go within the States to people who tug at my heartstrings...No one should be battered and abused!

I'm working on a scrap (imagine that, lol) quilt tonight.   Then I have several to add the borders, then they'll be heading to Ann who has graciously offered to help me with the quilting until I'm able to load and work on my quilter (HandiQuilter) again.  

here's one of the scrappies...all from red fabrics gathered over last decade.   I've done one in golds/yellows and another in greens.   They're fast and easy.
Susan ~ Patchkat

Houses, Quilted by Joann



In a recent email at Sunshine, Terry mentioned a quilt of houses that was quilted by Joann. I think it's probably this one. I won these blocks at a different blog give-away. Some of the houses were used by that blog owner for charity quilts, and a couple people won some of them. I was one of the lucky ones. The middle block is the only one I made.

carol e.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ok, Now I'm testing too...this is pretty techie for me!  I'm going to try to post a picture, not a Sunshine quilt, just a test pic of one of my recent concoctions.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fabulous Photos and Stories by Carol



This is a test post. I am preparing a tutorial on how to post and put pictures up on the blog.

Friday, May 24, 2013

May Lotto Blocks





I made the six pinwheel blocks for Tammy's May Lotto. Then I made the other pattern; I was happy with how it turned out, but I accidentally made it a 9-inch block instead of 12. I'll add it to my large box of random, mismatched blocks. I really want some time to play with those random blocks one of these days!

-carol e.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Two Finishes for WAS

My goal was to finish these two quilts before noon, and I just made it! (Currently in my time zone it is 11:52 AM.)

These are both for WAS. I have started a WAS box; these two are the first entries in the box. It'll probably fit two or three more.

Oh, and we have a new to us Adirondack chair, so you'll be seeing a lot of this chair as quilt holder, as long as we have nice weather.

--carol e.


strings with no batting and a flannel backing; birthed - no binding; did this one the quick, easy way




a Tammy setting

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Info From QBB



Carla from Quilts Beyond Borders told me that they are currently collecting quilts for two initiatives: Russia and Ethiopia.

Russia was added to the plan a little later than the others, so it needs quilts, and needs them soon. In July they will be taking 150-200 quilts to orphanages in Russia. To get your quilts added to this collection and taken to Russia, send them to the regional rep in Texas.

Carla will be going to Ethiopia in September with about the same number of quilts. That need (for now) is less urgent.

Notice on the map how much of Russia is in cold climate areas! They need quilts!

--carol e.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I was the lucky winner of half (17) of the March lotto blocks. Six of them made their way into a top for WAS (Wrap a Smile) today.
The other three, the 9-patch blocks made from the same orange, blue and green swirl fabric, are left over from an earlier lotto winning. That time I made up tops from blocks that readily went together and set the others aside to plan what to add to them.  These fit in nicely with the green, and they prompted the orange sashing. After this top is quilted, it will be bound in orange--I think a little touch around the edges will be a nice finish.
I do have to remember to take photos in the morning when the light is better, but I usually finish at night and am over eager.   Claire A

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Top for QBB



I had a lot of fun making this top. It fell together quickly and smoothly. I love when that happens.

Reminder to Sunshine members: you can also post to this blog if you want to. Just let me know, and I'll add you as an author. It would be fun to have lots of us using the blog.

--carol