Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quilting for Charity

Last night I met a really great group of women at my new church. They are part of a guild that is a sewing/crocheting/quilting for charity group. Since I'm new to the church I was privileged to meet several new people. The project we worked on last night was referred to as a String Quilt or a Strip Quilt made from strips of scrap fabric. Once it is finished it will be donated to someone at a nursing home who is in a wheelchair so that they can keep their lower body warm.

This quilt I'm picturing is not the String Quilt we made last night, but it links to a great site, Heartstrings Quilt Project, where similar quilts are made and also donated to charity.

I had such a great time! We spent two hours together sewing and chatting, and since I didn't take my machine with me, one of the ladies was gracious enough to let me use her little portable machine. It was an antique!!! Literally, it was a 1950-something model Singer that looked just like this. I absolutely LOVED getting to use this!!! As you may remember, I'm a big fan of vintage stuff, so this was right up my alley!

The group only meets once each month to work on projects. Next month we will crochet little caps for infants in a neonatal intensive care unit. I need to get a bit of practice in before now and then so hopefully I can crank out a few of those little caps during our next meeting. Oh, the ideas that are flowing through my head now!!! Too many crafts...too little time!