Thursday, October 2, 2014

PROJECT LINUS-"THE SNOWBALL EXPRESS"

Just in case you haven't  heard about Project Linus-it is an organization that up til now has donated 5 million blankets to children in different circumstances since 1998.

I get updates on my Facebook page and a call was put out for a need for 1200 blankets by September 30 for "The Snowball Express @ http://snowballexpress.org/

Snowball Express

I have only participated once before but wanted to make a blanket for a child who has lost their parent. I also wanted to include my great, grandchildren so talked with daughter, Donna, and she wanted each of her grandchildren to make one. SO-I sent a message that we would make not one, not two, not three but four of the needed blankets. 

Instructions/patterns for making the blankets along with the address where they were to be sent came by return email. Larger blankets would be appreciated since there would be older children there and smaller children like to snuggle into a larger one also. Suggestions for themes were helpful-camouflage is popular, super heroes, popular Disney, etc. We decided on making the blankets 2 yards long so would need 2 yards for the top and 2 for the bottom. 

My fabric stash was checked to see if I had any fleece that could be used and it just so happens there were 4 yards of bright orange-enough for the bottom of 2 blankets to go along with a coordinating pattern.

I went on senior day to get my old age discount and got the rest of  the fleece that was needed, it was on sale at 50% off-hallelejah!! Have I told you I am addicted to coupons, fabric and Joann's Fabric stores? The gal at the register also told me they accept Project Linus blankets to be picked up by the local chapter so that will save me shipping next time unless we want to take part in a special project. 

While in line to get my fleece cut, there was a man piling one bolt of fabric after another onto the cutting table from his over full cart. There must have been 30 or 40 bolts. Being the shy retiring person that I am I remarked that it looked like he was going to be very busy - Nope-his mother-in-law. She makes over 400 quilts a year. WHOA! She is in her 90's and still going strong and he went back to the quilt fabrics to pile the cart full again. Still not having my nosy self satisfied, I sidled over as he piled more bolts onto his cart to ask what she makes the quilts for and lo, and behold, she makes them for Project Linus. I gave him my Joann's label with my name and address, put my phone # on and asked him to have her give me a call, would love to talk with her and tell some folks about her. [I know-I am giving my phone # to a complete stranger but how bad could someone be who is buying yards & yards of fabric, and for his mother-in-law no less, and he knows about Project Linus??] He did say she is a very private person so haven't heard from her. If anyone out there knows a little 90 year old lady who makes 100's of quilts a year for Project Linus and lives somewhere near Lebanon, Ohio, could you please pass the word that I don't bite and would love to show her  quilts here?? HHmmm? Pretty please???

Ok-back to our blankets that don't seem like so much now after thinking again about a lady making so many to donate. Anyway, here are Branden-age 4 and Hannah-age 8 with my daughter, Donna, working on the blankets:

There are 2 leopard print ones to match the orange fleece I already had and 2 camouflage with a tan backing. The kids loved working on the blankets. Here they are ready to be packed up for shipping.

And here is a video tutorial with hints and suggestions if you need. You can get patterns from Project Linus for the blankets and quilts on their website if you wish to participate in this great organization.
I checked out UPS, USPS and Fedex for shipping costs-Fedex was the most economical by a couple of $.

Project Linus has chapters all over if you want to check them out.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless you.

Carolyn Wainscott

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

HOW TO MAKE A QUICK & EASY PRAYER SHAWL-SENDING COMFORT

























Stitched prayers-that is what I consider the pieces I make to send comfort, peace, hope, healing, good wishes, etc. There have been quilts for babies and children, small blocks that can be carried in pocket or purse and prayer shawls-a little something to put around the shoulders to warm and remind that you are being thought about and prayed for.

This shawl is for my sister's sister-in-law who is in deep need of prayer. Pam has health issues including cancer and in June her only child passed away. Who could be in more need of prayer? As I was working on another project the other day, Pam came to mind and I decided to make something for her. 

The next day when the Linus Project I had been working on had been shipped, I got out the materials I thought might be of use for Pam. I had just kinda, sorta thought about what would be a good piece for her so the possible fabrics were spread out on the cutting table. In the fabrics I try to keep in stock for these projects are panels that can be enlarged by adding borders or odds and ends picked up on sale tables with prayers already printed on them. When I find things that suit my fancy I get all I can afford that day for future use. 

For Pam a shawl was decided on to be made from some pillow panels and the back would be a matching print. I had been working with polar fleece the day before and there was a good sized piece that could be used to help make the shawl quickly and easily. 

The pillow panels are pretty standard sized at 14"-16" square and could be used for pockets,
one has Psalm 23 and the other a restful mountain scene with a waterfall
the fleece was cut 16" wide by 72"  long
the coordinating print was also cut 16" wide by 72" long.
all these measurements can be adjusted to suit the fabrics and your needs

To sew:
lace was sewn across the top of the pockets [pillow panel-optional]
pin pockets to 16" edges-wrong side to right side of fleece
pin lining fabric to fleece-right sides facing
I sewed all three layers together at the same time with my serger leaving a 8-10" opening to turn right side out
a scalloped top stitching was added all around the edge after turning and
the shawl was completed by putting a book by Beth Moore and a journal in a pocket

and one more thing-the most important-at our women's Bible study we put our prayers for Pam into the shawl


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Heb 11:1
Healing, hope, love, concern, peace, comfort,  well being are things hoped for that cannot be seen but these pieces are the evidence of prayer for them.

I pray that Pam receives all these and takes comfort in this shawl.

God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott

Here is my video tutorial with hints and suggestions for making the shawl:

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

THE ANGEL BABY QUILT

This quilt has been on my mind for several years and finally got around to getting it on the drawing board with two great, granddaughters on the way. For some reason two sets of wings [I just kept drawing] came into being and are included in the pattern. The pattern is available in My Pattern Store on Craftsy.com 
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"Angel Baby" would be a great background for a photograph session. 

Here is great, granddaughter, Kenzley in her first photo shoot for me on the quilt. She does look like a little angel, doesn't she? 






 Here she is on the second set of wings that have been quilted but haven't been appliqued onto a background. The dark blue was used for contrast.



 The quilt

A little closer look at both sets of wings:



Clouds were quilted into the sky-that seemed like the thing to do and just lightly quilted a feeling of motion for the rest except for a couple of a hint of birds which were just a  curvy "V"-keeping it simple. 


And a look at the back, I love to look at the back of quilts.


Here is my video tutorial for "Angel Baby":


I chose flannel backed satin to make the quilt because it is rich looking, quilts nicely and is easier to work with than other satins. It is a little more economical, also, because it comes in 58" width.  My favorite pajamas are made with the flannel backed satin. It is soft, warm and washes up great but check the label on the bolt.  

The wings were appliqued on the diagonal [corner to corner] for something different. It is about 45" square but with the wider fabric could have been larger without piecing. 

The whole quilt is fairly inexpensive since it only takes 1 1/2 yards of sky blue for the background, 1 yard of white for a set of wings, 7-8 yards for binding. I used my favorite marking pen-the Mark B Gone that disappears with a damp cloth but you can use any marking pen or pencil you choose. 

"Angel Baby" is a fairly quick and easy project to do since the most intense work is the quilting that can be done by machine or hand.   

To order the pattern that includes both sets of wings and complete instructions, go to My Pattern Store on Craftsy.com @ http://www.craftsy.com/user/pattern/store/43851. 

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Thank you for stopping by and God bless you
Carolyn Wainscott
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