09 September 2010

http://glenda.danimate.net

100+ quilt patters that can be used for 10 inch blocks. The resulting quilt will equal 90 x 90 inches and can be given to the Humanitarian Center to be made into a quilt - or can be finished locally and given away locally.

I have been busy with other things lately and have not made any quilt tops. Time to rectify the situation. I have some new quilt top plans in my head as well. See you soon.

18 July 2010

New Patterns

Yippee!
I have just finished updating my website with over 100 quilt top patterns for the Humanitarian effort. You can download most of them in PDF format, but you can look at all of them. Now it's time for me to start sewing again. I will post any pictures you send to this blog site and pictures of the quilt tops I make as well. I hope to hear from you soon. My website is at http://glenda.danimate.net
Hugs
Glenda

08 July 2010

Patterns

I have been working on an updated version of my website at glenda.danimate.net. The patterns for these quilts are posted there instead of on Scribd where I previously had them. I am not quite finished with all of the pattern pages, so be patient for the next couple of weeks. Please feel free to send pictures of the quilts you have made with my patterns and I will post them here. If you send a picture make sure you include: A name of some sort, area of the country where you live, and the date you made the quilt/quilt top. That way I can see how much use this site is getting (since I am still a bit low tech.) Thanks.

16 April 2010

Pattern for Flower Garden

 Well, here I am with another post. I have one or two more quilt tops to share. Tonight I will just share a pattern, as I have already uploaded all the pictures I have. I will take more tomorrow, if I doesn't rain. Here is the pattern for Flower Garden. For clarification: All blocks are 10x10 inches with 1/2 inch seams (per Humanitarian guidelines at www.lds.org) Hugs

11 April 2010

The Next Step

I made quite a few quilts for the Provo Humanitarian Center and I loved working with Elder and Sister Topham and the other volunteers. But then I needed to move back to Oregon. I promised I would send quilt tops back to them, and I have, but not as many as I wish I could.

When I got here to Oregon I still had my sewing machine, but no fabric. My mom gave me as much fabric as she could from her stash and we made 7 or 8 more and sent that first week, but then that ran out too. Now we are searching the second hand stores in our little town, and not finding much. This week we put together 3 more with the fabric on hand. We are going to take them to a Relief Society women's meeting event on Thursday and see if we can generate more donations.

From left to right these are called "Flower Garden", "Jailbird Flowers" and "Turquoise and Pink". I know, not very original names but I have to call them something besides 1, 2, and 3. Anyway, I will get back with you when I have more finished and post some patterns here as well.

How I Got Started

I have recently added myself to the world of Humanitarian Quilts. After graduating from college and "waiting for my ship to come in" so to speak, I needed to have something to do. I heard at church that we could pick up quilt blocks at the local humanitarian center and sew them into 90x90 inch quilt tops, then take them back and someone else would make the full quilt. Since I had no money to buy batt or backing and no space to put things together anyway, I thought this would be a great way to "give back" without spending a dime. Little did I know what I was getting in to.

I took the bus to the Humanitarian Center on Monday, only to find out they are only open on Tues-Wed-Thur. So I took the bus again on Thursday (recuperation time!) and the LDS missionaries, Elder and Sister Topham, took me in the back room to hook me up with 10x10 squares (100 will make a 10x10, 90x90 quilt top). I took home a load that I thought was enough to make a couple of quilt tops - on the bus - and when I got home I sorted and counted and had enough to make 8 quilt tops. I never made that mistake again. Lugging home 800 ten inch squares on the bus is hefty work. (Did I say I took the bus!!)

Anyway, the next week I went down again on Thursday and alas and oh no! There were not enough blocks for me to make into quilts, so I put myself to work cutting donated fabric until I had enough squares to take home. Unfortunately I had to keep cutting and cutting all day because other women kept coming in to get 10 inch squares and they kept taking my blocks. Not tow worry though, after a couple of times I learned my lesson and I hid some blocks for myself. This time I took my little rolling backpack and filled it up with squares.

Anyway, I kept going back on Thursdays to cut and take home quilt blocks. I probably made 3-5 quilts per week, and some of them were very striking, but I only took pictures of a couple of them.

The point of this blog is that I saw some very ugly quilt tops go through the Humanitarian Center. Granted, sometimes there wasn't much choice in fabric squares to choose from, but I think QUALITY over QUANTITY should be the deciding factor and I want to give all you women out there who are making 10x10 Humanitarian quilt tops with the squares collected from the center some tips and patterns to work with.
All of my quilt tops are made with donated fabrics. (Maybe someday in the future I can purchase fabric, but right now my funds are limited to the basics.) I will post her the photos of the quilts I have done - REMEMBER THE FABRIC IS DONATED - so some of the quilts may look a little odd, but working with what I have, I think I have created some awesome quilt tops. I will also be posting some patterns. Most are basic 10x10 designs but others are created using 5 inch squares which were also cut at the Center. I will post better pictures when I have the time and the sunlight to take them.