Besides the baby quilts I piece or knit or crochet for Project Linus, I've been working overtime lately, trying to keep up with the rush of second and third-generation babies being added to our extended family.
I am proud to include in that list the addition of my first great-grand-daughter, Alexia Elaine Perkins.
Iíve gotten involved in Project Linus, a non-profit organization the makes baby blankets and quilts to be distributed in hospitals and care centers. I wanted to let you know about a special project called patriotic blankets for TAPS.
With our cold, wet winter weather forcing me to remain indoors, I've have lots of time to work on baby blankets for Project Linus. Since I acquired several skeins of yarn in pastel colors, my efforts have focused on knitted or crocheted blankets. Pictured below is the latest batch, ready for delivery.
Piecing and making quilts is a craft I return to over and over. The first quilt I made (more than 35 years ago) was what was called the Chinese Puzzle pattern. I had no sewing machine at the time and the whole thing was done by hand. It decorated our full-size bed for many, many years. I still have it but some of the pieces have disintegrated with age so it stays within its protective covering.
Over the years, I've lost count of how many quilts I've constructed. In recent years, I've concentrated on miniature quilts and baby quilts. Seems like I'm always needing a gift for a house-warming, new marraige or baby. I'm happy to be able to share something made with my hands and lots of love.
Naturally my stash of fabric has multiplied with time. I use an old five-drawer chest to corral the scraps. Each drawer is designated a different color. When the drawers become too full to close, I know it's time for another quilt or go through the scraps and dispose of those I know I'll never use. But even as much as I sew or weed, the fabric must multiply.
A year or so ago, I was invited by my daughter-in-law's grandmother to take home as much material as I wanted. She had been employed at a company that made children's clothes and had boxes and boxes of fabric scraps. Keeping in mind my limited space, I finally chose four cartons. I will not live long enough to use up all that material. But who can turn down such an offer?
My most recent project, using some of this material, is a full-size quilt that needs the hand-quilting finished to be completed. Hoping to finish in time, I plan to give it to my grand-daughter as a birthday present at the end of the year. Last week I chose a bunch of scraps that were the same pattern but had different background colors. I couldn't follow any pattern because of the odd shapes of the scraps but was able to put together a pieced top that I plan to line and use as a table cloth. See picture: