Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ladies Night Out - 2017

Once a year, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, Terrebonne General Medical Center, in Houma Louisiana hosts the "Ladies Night Out Gala", to raise funds and awareness.  This is the 5th year that I have donated a quilt representing breast cancer awareness.

For several years, I have been collecting "pink" fabric from every quilt shop that I visit, on-line shops and exchanges.  As a scrappy quilter, the larger the variety I can pull from, the happier I am with the outcome.

This year has touched my family directly, with my husband diagnosed with cancer and subsequently treated by Mary Bird Perkins.  When I started this in 2013, I never dreamed this would happen....which has made me more determined to submit the quilts annually.

"Have Faith" is the modern pattern above representing 2017.  Below are the previous years that quilts were donated.

Top left:  "Stars Over Scott" /2013, top right: Black Cat Creations/"Thunderbirds"/2015; bottom left, Black Cat Creations/"Mandalay"/2016 and bottom right, Bonnie Hunter's, Quiltville Mystery Quilt/2014.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block 8

Starting to get REAL!  I now have eight blocks done!  The newest block above, "Hovering Stars" is Bonnie Hunter's block in Volume #9, Summer 2014, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Collectors Edition.

I do believe a setting has been decided....something non-traditional, but very scrappy.  The next Volume will be coming out very soon, so I hope to have a few more done.  So far, Bonnie has designed 14 consecutive blocks....with my 8, that's more than half-way.

Linking up with "Oh Scrap" at Quilting is more fun than Housework.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Retirement Quilt for Mary

About a month ago, I was notified of the retirement plans of someone very special.  It took me 2 seconds to decide the color theme (anything with red -- reminding me of her beautiful red hair) and pattern, an Irish Chain variation that highlights the red/yellow/white fabrics.

Just a note about Mary...she has been a dedicated government employee of more than 37 years, which included many years as a manager.  While I watched Harvey hit my home state of Texas and now watching Irma approaching Florida, my thoughts and prayers are also with the dedicated government employees who walk away from their family to keep us safe (from public safety to public works to all the support staff).  Mary is one of those important player in a huge team.  Best wishes Mary for your well deserved retirement.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block #7

Seven Blocks are done!  I already have another one cut out, and can't wait to sew it together.  The newest block above, "Dancing Dashes" is Bonnie Hunter's block in Volume #11 of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Special Edition, which is published twice a year.

There has been a lot of playtime on the design wall, looking for the perfect setting.  Regardless, it will be scrappy indeed......which brings me to the linky party "Oh Scrap" at Quilting is more fun than Housework.