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Thread: This year's Christmas Project

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    Super Member jbsstrawberry's Avatar
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    A lady at our local food pantry had given me her "girl" fabric, she said she has boys to sew for, and I have girls so she passed on some nice garment fabric for them. She also gave me a HUGE bag, and I do mean HUGE bag of polyester/double-knit squares she had been cutting "for awhile". Well, I had noooo idea what I was going to do with them; then on my way to a dr's apt. I saw a gentleman walking to the Rescue Mission in Peoria. He had fashioned an old wool looking blanket into a coat tied at the waist with a way-to-big for him belt, he had an old tattered wool cap (the kind with the ear flaps and pom-poms on strings at the ends) a gray wiskered face, a walking stick and the biggest smile I've ever seen. He just warmed my heart, probably because he really looked like an old world St. Nick picture. I thought wow, he's on his way to the mission, he's cold and probably hungry but yet he still can have a huge, heart warming smile. So, I talked with the girls and mom, and we decided to use the poly/dbl-knit squares to make some simple turned and tied blankets. We started last Sunday; the girls "designed" 9 patch blocks as I sorted them into stacks by color/design. When they had one ready Grandma would safety pin them together and put them in a sack. We started around 9:30 in the morning and finally stopped around 5pm, at which time we noticed, we didn't even stop long enough to get dressed LOL. We had been having sooo much fun, we spent the whole day in our pj's sorting squares into blocks. I'm sewing them together this week, the girls are deciding which 9 patches will go into the each blanket (they'll be double sided 9 patches), then this coming weekend we'll tie them with yarn.

    We're going to donate them to the Peoria Rescue Mission in memory of my dad and Roy Dudley (mimisharon's hubby).

    Sorry to go on so long...but I had to share our fun with you.

    Not even half the squares here.
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    More pics...

    Note* no the pictures on the wall aren't crooked, the photographer is LOL

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    Great idea, Lisa. Isn't it funny how the ideas come along at the right time. I have a ton of double knit fabric that I had been saving for years. Moved here 14 years ago and it is still in boxes in the basement. I was going to make rugs with it, by cutting 2 inch squares--well that takes forever! I decided I would cut it into 6" and 4" squares for charity quilts . and the leftovers into 2" squares for rugs. That stuff seems to multiply.

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    What a wonderful and most thoughtful project. And you are teaching the young ones a great 'gift'.

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    Oh how much fun was that? Love it!

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    Such a wonderful idea!!! I'm sure your girls will remember this forever, and will remind you about it next year!! Could be a beautiful new tradition for you all!! :)

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    Such a wonderful project to work on with the girls. This will be something that they'll always remember. Would love to see the finished quilts.

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    What a nice story and a great idea! Please post it later when you are done.

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    What a great way to use them up, have some fun and spend time with the girls, I am sure that they will go a long way to keeping someone warmer this winter.

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    What a wonderful idea. And getting your kids involved is terrific!!!

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    Great idea! So thoughtful. I have great ideas and never seem to follow through on them.

    BTW The girls are adorable! They warm my heart to see such cute kids.

    Years ago, I taught 5th grade faith formation on Sunday afternoons. the class lasted 1 1/2 hrs and the last 15 minutes every week, we worked on quilts for the Christian Life Home in Raleigh. It is an unmarried mothers home, where girls and young women stay until their baby is born. We made simple shapes and either tied them or I quilted them once I got home. Usually gave anywhere from 6 to 12 every year to the home. It helps to do project like this, because there is always someone needier than us.:)

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    This is such a great family project and a very worthwhile cause!!! So awesome that you are dedicating them to your Dad and Roy :D:D:D ((((HUGS)))) to you, your DD's and your DM ((((HUGS))))

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    Oh Lisa, you and your girls are so wonderful! What a great idea and I know the quilts will be much appreciated!

    I have to admit I'm a bit envious. I would have loved for my girls to have been interested in quilting. Now I'm holding out for a grandchild or two who will show an interest and let Grammy (me) teach them everything I know. You are very blessed to have both your girls interested in the quilting process.

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    Sure looks like you're having a great time. That double knit will make quilts that'll last forever! Trust me!!!
    Looking forward to seeing the finished products. Have fun!

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    How wonderful. Think of all the people your family will be helping.

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    What a great project! It truly exemplifies the Christmas spirit! And I think your girls are absolutely beautiful!!!!!

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    Wow!! This was a good family project and great idea! The girls learned a good lesson about helping others too. That is priceless!

    The pictures are really sweet. I am glad you shared. This would be a good yearly thing for you girls to do together, Huh? I wish my grandkids lived closer. Lucky you to have them so close.

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    Thanks everyone for sharing our fun. We sure will post pics of the finished blankets when they're done. We're thinking of piecing the mix-matched blocks into little bags to hold the blankets, but we'll have to see how much time we have left before we do that. Maybe we'll do that to get a jump on next years project LOL.

    Tiffany, 2 outa 3 daughters that have a love of sewing isn't too bad huh? LOL The oldest wouldn't touch a sewing machine to save her life. She has a lot of other very artistic talents though, so she's ok. Hopefully her daughter (my sweet gd Hailey) will catch the sewing bug from her two Aunties since they're much closer in age.

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    Lisa it is wonderful what you are doing with and teaching the girls , It truly is the real meaning of Christmas . And they will have the memories forever

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    Thanks Sharon. My mom and I are still tickled with how hard the girls worked, and had so much fun watching them have fun. It was nice to see Mom in such a wonderful mood; good moods for her have been kind of few and far between for the past year, so it really was extra special for all of us.

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    What a wonderful thing to do, not only are you spending special time with your mom and the girls and you are all so obviouslly enjoying what you are doing but someone else will benefit from your good time together so some of that will be enclosed in each quilt you give. You are teaching the girls good things in a way that isn't boring but lots of fun for everyone. You go girl!!

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    Bless you, the girls and your mom and the lady who donated the squares to make the blankets you are working on. Not only are the girls enjoying the special time with you and grandma, the memories of WHAT you did with these cloth squares will serve as a wonderful memory for their lifetime and that of their children. Now, the folks who get the quilts will find comfort and warmth in the blankets but also when they think of the thoughtful caring people who made these blankets for them. GOOD JOB!

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    Thanks. It really is a pleasure working on these. The girls are right there with each step, they're so excited. I really do think we'll make it a yearly project, and next year start much earlier. They'll be able to help with the actually sewing soon, they're getting their own Singers this year for Christmas...shhhh don't tell them :D

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    Your girls are adorable!

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