Honoring Paula Budinger
Big thanks go to Janice at Color, Creating, and Quilting, and Kate at Smiles from Kate, for organizing this blog hop to honor Paula. You can read more about Paula here.
I met Paula, as many of you also did, when I first joined in with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and we commented on each other's posts. Sometime in 2019, we discovered that we had both purchased the same new sewing machine, a Pfaff Ambition 610, and were working hard to figure out all its great features. I especially admired Paula's generosity as a quilter, and am so pleased to honor her life by sharing some donation projects of my own.
There are so many ways that quilters can donate fabric, thread, and time to help others. If you're a slow quilter like me, it's great to find ways to give back that may not involve a completed quilt! Block drives, like the ones that Kat of Kat and Cat quilts organizes for her charity, Covered in Love are a great way to get started. I've really enjoyed sending blocks to Kat several times a year for the last few years. It's even more fun when she shares the finished quilts on her blog, and you can say, "There's my block!"
These interesting string blocks were sent in
for the January/February 2020 block drive.
Carole, of From My Carolina Home, collects small quilted items for Safelight, a domestic violence shelter. I've been making sets of quilted pouches and sending them to her once a year. These pouches go into tote bags full of helpful items that support people who've had to leave their homes without taking anything with them.
This year's set -
Recently, Carole came up with another challenge that I had to join in with, too! Make a placemat that shows how you're spending your time during the Covid 19 Stay-at-Home period, and donate it to Meals on Wheels.
Here's my contribution for the challenge:
Can you tell what I've been doing? Waiting for Spring to arrive, enjoying the birds in my yard, doing lots of embroidery, and sewing scrappy 4 patches!
Finally, this is a little quilt I'll be sending off to Jack's Basket, a favorite organization of Paula's, later this month. The mission of Jack's Basket is to celebrate babies with Down Syndrome, and small quilts are perfect for the baskets they give to families.
Bright and colorful! Hopefully, perfect to celebrate a newborn baby!
Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Hands2Help 2020.
Thanks for visiting my stop on the blog hop today! Be sure to check out the other quilters who are joining in to celebrate Paula's life, too. And if you leave a comment, you'll be entered into a drawing for some great prizes, which are listed at the very bottom!
Wednesday, May 6
Thursday, May 7
Friday, May 8
Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts, $50 gift certificate for her pattern shop.
Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl, 2 PDF patterns of choice.
Bernie Needle and Foot, $25 certificate for her shop.
A fat quarter bundle from Figo Fabrics
A pattern of choice from Karen, Sugar Free Quilts
A $30 gift certificate for Doris, Cactus Queen Quilt Co
A PDF pattern of choice from Joanne, www.etsy.com/shop/
$25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop
(donated by Janice Holton)