Sunday, February 09, 2014

Paying it forward

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Most quilters I know have to much a lot of fabrics, myself very much included.
Some of the fabrics I love so much more than others, and the older or not so loved fabrics are stuffed in boxes and drawers.

Well – once I start pulling out the not so loved fabrics I have fun matching them and sewing them into something too, especially as it makes room for new love in fabrics ;-)

I have had a passion for making care quilts / charity quilts for many years, but I do not have the physically strength to quilt them myself anymore, like I used to do.

Luckily for me I have found someone who can take my tops
and turn them into quilts for children with cancer and other long term diseases,
so I will continue making some tops every now and then, not giving the rest of the process a second thought.
It is up to the next person in line to choose backing fabric and quilting.

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I do enjoy making these 1600” quilts – HERE is the instruction on YouTube.
I use around 3 hours on a top, cutting fabrics included.

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I am cutting my own strips in all lengths from stash - as long as the final strip measures about 1600”, I am happy.

These strip quilts are like sweets, it is hard to stop making them.


I started to sort in my green drawer and thought what I pulled out would make a difference. Well – it was more like the fabrics in the drawer was exhaling and filled the void in a second flat – no visible difference…….


Saturday morning I baked a batch of wheat buns, folded my quilt tops and a few fabrics for backings.
Both my guilds were having sew-together for care quilts, but I had to choose which one to visit so my quilt tops could be handed over to someone who can quilt for me.

The buns tasted lovely with a cup of coffee :-)


I like the thought of paying it forward, and this is my contribution, as a thank you for the urge to create, for fabrics in my drawers, for the joy of quilting.

May the quilts warm someone in need where they come.




  1. What a lovely idea and what fabulous quilt tops. I like them both very much. Great for using up some of your stash too! :)

  2. Great pay it forward projects.

  3. Great projects. I think your process is good too, and wonderful that you have found someone to do the quilting. As a hand quilter I need to find someone who will machine quilt my care quilts too.

  4. what a generous thing you are doing here, gives me an idea as my daughter Helen is about to start nursing at the local hospice and I would love to support them in some way and maybe lap quilts etc are the way forward


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