Monday, December 28, 2009

Comfort Quilts

This is more about my online/local group of quilters - Loose Threads. When someone in our group needs a hug or two, we make them a comfort quilt. There are many reasons - births, surgeries, the passing of loved ones, a new house, a celebration or a stressful incident - most any reason is a good reason for a comfort quilt. One can never be too generous - and presenting the quilt to a member brings joy all around.

Anyone who is able to, makes a block or two. We almost always use the Jake's Heart block - in colors that the recipient likes. The blocks are sent to the person who has volunteered to put the top together - and there is a deadline for sending the blocks. After the top is assembled it is sent on to one of our fantastic machine quilters. Someone else buys the backing, or gives money to buy it, and after it is quilted another member binds it and then we find a convenient time and place to present the quilt - although two have had to be sent through the mail - which works too.

So let's see all the quilts we've made . . . in no particular order, as I've forgotten just when we presented each quilt.

Daisy - receiving her comfort quilt . . .

Daisy's quilt in her sewing room . . .

For Tina . . .

For Billie . . .

Chris's quilt . . .

Fergie . . .

Brandy's - on graduation from nursing school . . .

JoAnn U. got cats on her comfort quilt . . .

Kristina . . .

For Lila's new house - we all made house blocks . . .

Mary's comfort quilt . . .


Mary's daughter Beckie - this quilt was made in one afternoon, not long after Beckie's para sailing accident . . .


Michelle receiving her comfort quilt before the birth of her third baby . . .


The back of Michelle's quilt - click to enlarge and see the pink leopard print . . .


Housewarming quilt made by Loose Threads group when we bought our new house . . . made with my favorite fabrics, 30s reproductions . . .

Robin's quilt . . .

Sheila's quilt . . .

Sonya's quilt . . .

Vickie receiving her comfort quilt . . .



Gayle's quilt . . .

It is such fun to make and give these quilts - they are always a surprise - just part of the fun of doing them. What a wonderful bunch of ladies in this group.

10 comments:

belinda said...

Wow....what a talented group of ladies!!! Who wouldn't want to be
on the receiving end of any one of
these quilts...I've never seen one
block used in soooo many creative
ways....you all deserve a big ole
hand clap!!!!
Thanks for sharing these Joann!!

Fearless Nester said...

How much fun it must be to belong to a group with so much creative energy!

Julie in the Barn said...

The Loose Ladies are an amazing group. What a great example of the generous nature of quilters. Bravo to you all.

Marilyn said...

Such eye-candy.... I could never pick out my fav. Being an ex-quilter I can appreciate all the time it takes to do each one!
Happy New Year!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Barb said...

Those are totally awesome and what a wonderful thing to do...

Crispy said...

Beautiful quilts Jo & Company!!!!

Crispy

Nanci said...

Oh goodness...I just make strippie quilts for friends as their comfort quilts.
Yours are so pretty...it's the giving that gives us the joy isn't it?
I love them all.

Julie said...

Those are all gorgeous Jo. You are lucky to be part of such a wonderful group! What a generous thing you all do for each other.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, these are amazing! I love them all, but my favorite's are Fergies (love those colors!!!) and Vicki's... can you tell I'm partial to blue??? And the cat quilt is majorly cute! Great work and such a great idea...

XO,

Sheila :-)

lila said...

What a beautiful group of quilts and quilters!
I am not the Lila with the new house...that quilt is wonderful too!
I have several tops I could turn my attention to. It has been a while since I have posted a quilt photo.
Thanks for sharing these!