Archive for February, 2015

Fat Quarter Challenge and an unsung hero

February 10, 2015

January 2-15 FQC

 

Aren’t these fun little quilts? These are the latest quilts to come in for our Fat Quarter Challenge. This almost doubles the number I’ve received since the fat quarters were handed out in Houston last year! I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, it’s really fun to see everyone’s uniqueness and creativity. All shapes and sizes and colors and each one filled with love and ready to bring happiness to someone around the world. Such a great feeling to be a part of this wonderful work! So the winner for January’s drawing is…..Sandra Ohler!  She made the quilt on the left in the picture. Linda Ferraro made the other TWO for us! Thank you both for your help!

Now I’d like to share a story that Ann, our RC in California sent along. It’s about a woman who helps out one of Ann’s sewing groups, Sewing Servants, at her church.

She is 78 years old.  She is less than 5 feet tall.  She has overcome cancer.  She has macular degeneration.  She is a widow.  She lives alone.
Do you think she can’t do very much?  She mows her own lawn.  She cooks and cleans for herself.  She irons for her daughter and son and all their family members.  She loves to iron.
She is a member of Sewing Servants at our church.  She is there nearly every time we meet.  We meet once a week on Mondays and the first Sunday afternoon of each month.  About 6 of us are at the sewing machines.  She does all our ironing.  Our backing fabric has not one single wrinkle.  She is an ace at ironing binding.  Our blocks are neatly pressed and ready to be sewn together.
Recently I received several boxes of tops for QBB.  They needed a great deal of ironing.  I asked her if she would mind ironing them whenever she could.  No hurry, just do it in the next few weeks. There were about 25 in total.  She happily agreed and had them all done in two days!!  What a woman!
What is her name?  Well, she prefers to be anonymous.  She says she doesn’t want any credit for her work.  We just call her Ms. B.
Isn’t she a wonderful example? Truly inspiring! Hopefully we’ll have more stories about some of our unsung heros who give so much and want so little in return.
Smiles,
Sandi

 

Confessions of a Regional Coordinator

February 2, 2015

Here I am in front of a quilt I didn’t make! But this quilt holds a significant place in my QBB life.  It is the 200th quilt that has crossed my path for some measure of preparation since I became a QBB Regional Coordinator, exactly one year ago this month.  This top was pieced by the Quilting for Christ Ministry from the Hurst Baptist Church in Hurst, Texas. I unloaded it from Lucy, aka my long-arm, last night, hung it up on the design wall for its blog picture, checked my log book and realized it was a sweet, milestone moment in my journey with QBB.

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Here’s a chuckle for you. Recently I got backlogged in my picture taking for blog pictures which meant I had about 30 quilts in the queue waiting to be photographed. You should know that I have a reputation for frequent, mostly unnecessary redecorating around the house. Usually I just rearrange little stuff like pictures and pillows; occasionally I also move furniture.   I read somewhere that you forget to look at your stuff unless you move it around.  (Try it, it feels like you bought new things when you really have just reshuffled everything.)  Anyway, it was definitely time to take blog pictures of these 30 quilts. So I spent the morning climbing up my little stool, pinning one quilt to the wall, climbing down, taking the picture, climbing back up, removing that quilt…and repeating – 30 times! My husband, whom I thought was paying no attention, finally looked up from his computer and asked, “Haven’t you found ONE you like YET?” 

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I, like you, have a passion (obsession?!) for quilting. Was signing on to be a QBB Regional Coordinator going to be like the guy who loves to cook, opens a restaurant and then never gets to cook? Happily, no. In fact, after so many years of making quilts for my family (you KNOW that look -“ MOM? I already have 45 quilts, what am I going to do with THIS one??”), sewingwith a new purpose, a new outreach, has become a bright spot in my life.  All the children who receive our quilts receive a work of art that started like the painter’s blank canvas – from nothing. Fabric is solicited, donated, cut, organized, kitted-up and distributed.  Fabric squares become pieced tops. Pieced tops become quilts. Quilts become precious gifts.  Coordinators coordinate. Of course. We coordinate the effort under the watchful, enthusiastic and capable eye of our leader, Carla. We are organizers and cheerleaders for the program. We certainly get to sew and quilt. We are a team who usually only know each other through email.  We continue to hope opportunities to go to IQF in Houston and to travel as a QBB representative on delivery trips to the children in the world will become reality.

We are QBB. I am QBB and I am fulfilled.

Karen Matheson
Northeast Regional Coordinator
Simsbury, Connecticut