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Birthday Blessings

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.

from birthdayblessingskc.com

from birthdayblessingskc.com

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.

BB April 2013 001      BB April 2013 004

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.

BB April 2013 007

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.

BB April 2013 009       BB April 2013 012

Louie decided he had to get in on the action.








BB May 2013 001        BB May 2013 002







BB May 2013 003

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!


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I Spy 1 and I Spy 2

If you don’t know me well you may not have learned that I’m a big Dr. Seuss fan.  Back in high school I did an oral report on him when others in my class were choosing John Glenn and Eleanor Roosevelt.  I taught my sister to read using Green Eggs and Ham.  So I kept thinking of Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat as I made these two lap quilts.




Over a year ago I participated in a novelty charm swap with Carla who blogs at Lollyquiltz.  She had made a darling I Spy quilt in May and I thought it was a great idea.  See her tutorial here.  However,  I really wanted to make a Garden Fence quilt I had been fascinated with from Hyacinth Quilt Designs.  See that tutorial here.  So I combined the two ideas which required me to change the measurements some since my charms were 5″ instead of 4 1/2″ as instructed.

I quilted the center blocks in this swirl design.

The rest I quilted with meandering loops.

The backing is a primary stripe fabric from Connecting Threads.

One of these is going to a little boy who’s to be born in a couple of weeks.  I’ll probably donate the other one but I’m not sure where.  Any suggestions?

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