Monday, August 9, 2010

August Activities

In spite of what I predicted last month, I have managed to do some quilt related sewing. The impetus has been the fact that my friend Linda and I (together with the Women's Ministries group in our church) are organizing an arts, crafts and bake sale, scheduled for November, to help raise money for Salvation Army projects in developing countries.

In order to have well-stocked sales tables, we have asked everyone we know who does some form of craft work, whether it's with fabric, wool, paper, paint or wood to make a contribution. The response has been great. But naturally, Linda and I want to make as big a contribution as possible. Although neither of us have openly admitted it, this is just another excuse to keep on quilting. Linda calls it "quilting with a purpose."

So over the last month I've made a few tote bags (see photo above) and some Christmas coasters. I've also made a start on a strippy quilt-as-you-go quilt and so far have finished 28 of the 36 blocks planned. I've wanted to try this pattern for a while and another plus is that it's another great stash-buster project. I'm hoping the final sewing together will go smoothly, as I've never finished a quilt in this fashion before. Time will tell.

That's all for now.

Happy Quilting!