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Drawstring Backpack and Girl Scouts

Drawstring Backpack and Girl Scouts

on Mar 9, 2012 in accessories, Blog, charity, pattern, sewing, Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the popular tutorials on this site is the Drawstring Backpack. It is made from a fat quarter of fabric + ribbon. Check out this email I recently received from my friend in New York: “I just thought I would share with you what one of my Girl Scouts did to earn her Gold Award. Using your Fat Quarter Drawstring Backpack tutorial, she had volunteers (including myself, Ann D. and Alison V.) make 60 “Doodle Bags” and stuffed them with goodies. Erika was also working on her high school “Senior Project” and worked Art Therapy into the project, thus killing 2 birds with one stone. The bags were all donated to the Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center for the use of the young patients there. Betty’s Quilting donated all the fat quarters when the store was closing, this past year. And QuiltWoman.com helped subsidize the cost of printing the coloring book Erika designed (you can see it under the purchased coloring book). ” When I asked my friend the age range of the girl scouts she told me: “The sewers ranged from 17 up to their 60’s. Erika had a number of groups sew. Also, the woman’s guild at her grandmother’s church did a lot. Erika had girls in younger troops sew the pencil pouches.” How great is that?? I’m so happy the tutorial was able to help....

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Spouses Social

Spouses Social

on Apr 25, 2011 in accessories, Army Cube, Blog, charity, inventory | 0 comments

I had a good night at the spouses social event. The recycled military uniforms were covering my table. I had quilts, bag, make-up bags and of course, patterns. I had the booth all set up and the business cards hoppin’ off the table. I even brought my office assistant to help with the event. Man, she was thrilled to be “in the shop” for a bit. And I have to say, she’s pretty good at working in the booth, too. (Can I open her IRA yet??!!) See if you can find me: We were foolin’ around with the camera and this happened to be the picture where my eyes were NOT shut. Shame. But that’s ok. Myself and the other spouse-business booths raised a bit of money for the Ways and Means charity! I do, though, have a couple-a-three flight suit bags left over and will be adding them to my Etsy...

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Cube Purses for Spouse Social

Cube Purses for Spouse Social

on Apr 14, 2011 in accessories, Army Cube, Blog, blogging others, business, charity, sewing | 2 comments

I’m super excited to be able to take a few finished Cube Purses to the Spouse Social in April. This will be on McConnell AFB and 20% of all sales/custom orders taken that night will be donated to the McConnell Officer’s Spouses Ways and Means fund. The funds are then given back to the community in the form of charitable donations, community support and scholarships. I wanted to share the 7 bags I have, in the Cube Purse style, that I’ll be taking that evening. All the bags are made from Recycled Military Uniforms. 6 of the 7 bags are all FLIGHT SUITS. There so many zippers and pockets on a flight suit. As a result, these bags have a serious amount of storage and unique features. Each bag is different, from its complimenting fabrics to its pocket placement. Of course, every bag has 4 drop in pockets inside AND a zippered pocket in there as well. If you see one above (ready made) that you want, please contact me via email and I’ll put your name on it. A portion of that sale will be donated. And of course, if you are a sew-aholic and would like to make a bag of your own, please check out the Recycled Uniforms Patterns section of the shop to purchase your very own Cube Purse pattern. Grab your uniforms, flight suits, abu’s, and I’ll see you at the social! Don’t forget to enter the 101 Patchwork Projects Give Away. It’s open until Friday, April 15th, 2011. ** Sorry, the picture isn’t the best picture in the whole entire world… But I’m guessing you may have seen The Cube Purse design around a couple...

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Just One Star

Just One Star

on Mar 15, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, charity | 0 comments

If you haven’t seen this around blogland, you will. Moda has launched a Just One Star sewing challenge to all quilters. They are collecting 1800 blocks to stitch into 100 quilts. These quilts will then be donated to service members. (Thank you for your service!)?? The exact directions/colors for your donated star can be found...

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Bushfire Donations

Bushfire Donations

on Feb 20, 2009 in bushfire, charity, quilting, sewing | 1 comment

Ok, here’s what I’m sending to Australia for the Bushfire Quilt Project: Its not much, but every little bit helps. The directions to those blocks are over on Quiltville.com and they are called Maverick Stars. I’m also sending 4 separate rolls of quilt binding. I know the project needs other items as well, like fabric backing, thread and quilt batting. Maybe some friends in Korea will want to send non-sewn goods to the cause…. after all, you’ll be mailing to an APO, not necessarily a Australian address. Anyway, my items are hoppin in the mail today. I hope you have a lovely morning!...

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Bushfire Quilts

Bushfire Quilts

on Feb 19, 2009 in bushfire, charity | 1 comment

With all that’s going on in Australia, another military spouse has started an effort to collect quilt blocks for those affected in the fires. You probably know her, Tia at CampFollowerBags. In fact, her work is amazing and I’d guess her work has inspired many a Military Uniform Recycler- myself included. I know there are a few ladies in Australia in the 2009 Spring Quilt Block Swap and I do hope that you are all safe and well. I’m going to do my part to donate a block or two & hopefully some binding strips to the cause. Thanks for organizing the blog-quilt effort! Click on the image to find out more. Edited to add: You can see my blocks and the many many many others over in the flickr group created for this project....

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Quilts for Charity

Quilts for Charity

on Jan 23, 2009 in charity, quilt | 2 comments

As it turns out, there is no local Project Linus chapter in my area. In fact, after asking my guild, they said that they’ve not found too many places to drop off charity quilts- in the immediate driving area. I was researching where I might be able to mail my quilted donations and – Thanks to the blog, though, I was contacted by the people at Kidz Quiltz. “Kidz Quiltz pledges to provide quilts to children around the world who are in need due to circumstances beyond their control. We believe every child should have his or her own quilt. Due to poverty and natural disasters, children world-wide are left to face the elements on a daily basis. We have made it our goal to help them stay warm and to show them we care by wrapping them in quilts.” -from their About Me section They have the mailing address listed on their site and it truly looks like a good place to start sharing some of the quilts from the studio. I just thought I’d share the info I’ve...

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Project Linus-

Project Linus-

on Jan 2, 2009 in charity, quilting, sewing | 5 comments

A couple years back we, the family, did a few Project Linus quilts all together. It was really fun to work on them as a family. This year, 2008, we did it again. The hubby did all the cutting, helped arrange and did the pinning. The kids helped with the arranging of the “puzzle pieces” and I did the sewing.The first thing I did was sort out a stack of misshaped pieces. This is a total de-stash quilt. I then instructed the hubby to use his brilliant math skills to cut as many, larger pieces out of the odd shapes- as long as they were multiples of 3″. So (without the seam allowances) 3 x 3 or 3 x 9 or 6×6 or 12 x 12- You see, this way, they’d all go back together in the end. To my surprise, we didn’t have that many stray pieces left over from the cutting process. The trick it to cut the largest piece you can- 12×12, so that in the end, if you need to cut it down- you can.He looks like he’s done with pictures, right? Evidentially I’m messing with his creative chi. hee hee. I did manage to snap one more though, when he wasn’t looking. =) And I quilted the small quilt myself on the Elna 3007. I did the free motion, with large meandering. The quilt is also machine bound. The sweet kiddo not pictured in the arranging, is holding the quilt. {technically, still not pictured.} whoops. My dad has affectionately dubbed this Oklahoma from the Sky, in winter. I suppose that is what most of the farmland must look like right now. Since the quilt has big chunky pieces and I did have an expert team passing me fabric pieces “These two go together mom… no no, like this.” It was finished in a weekend. I definitely should quilt more, with the family, de-stashing, for charity in 2009. It was very fun- and I think they enjoyed it,...

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