Back in February I read an article in the Kansas City Star about an organization that was providing birthday parties to children in Kansas City, Kansas whose families were struggling to make ends meet. Interestingly one of the two founders used to be a school psychologist in KCK while I was teaching there. We never had a school in common but I knew of her and I’m sure we crossed paths at workshops and inservices.
Volunteers provide balloons, a home-made birthday cake, and a gift for children from 1 to 12 years of age. You can read more about how they got started here. I understand that they are branching out into North KC and Kansas City, Missouri.
I quickly signed up and after picking out and delivering my first gift I began to think about making quilts for the kids and how that might work. Before going any further I e-mailed Jill to see if this was something they would even want and she said “Sure!” Then I talked to some of my sewing friends and KCMQG members and the next month I received nine small quilts to donate! I wish I had taken pictures of them all but I only have the ones I have stitched up so far.
This first one is from Hyacinth Designs called Garden Fence using Tula Pink’s Birds and Bees fabric. I have enough left for another whole quilt.
The next one used some batik jelly roll strips. The design is from Quilting Quickly magazine Spring 2013. It’s by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company fame. My friends Claudia, Julia, Joyce, and Leslie helped me put the top together.
Louie decided he had to get in on the action.
The last one I finished this week. I used a charm pack that I think was from Free Spirit picked up at QuiltCon. My friends also helped me with this disappearing nine patch top.
Right now the quilts are just going to one and two year olds. Once BB becomes a sanctioned charity of the KCMQG maybe we’ll be able to provide quilts for all the children. Contact me if you’re interested in donating a quilt!