Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2015 Quilt Show!


Announcing the Quilt Show for 2015. Lots of changes! The Quilt Show this year will be in July, instead of the usual end of August. The biggest addition will be the addition of approximately 100 quilts made for Flying Horse Farms!  These were made starting last Sept. until May of this year by several local quilters from Marion, Caledonia, Delaware, Westerville, Marysville, Richwood, Mt. Vernon and Cardington! Without these gals, this would have not been possible. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO DONATED TIME TO SEW, QUILT, BIND, FABRIC, BATTING AND MONEY!

The reason we are having the quilt show in July is that we rose to the challenge laid down by the Snuggled in Hope gals to make at least 80 quilts. If we met that goal, we would be allowed to 'dress the beds' in the cabins for the kids. Well, we did it! And the date that we have to dress the beds is July 13. Hence the bumped up quilt show date. 

Another change to this quilt show is that there will be a limited amount of quilts and quilted items for sale to raise money for more supplies (mostly batting!) for more Flying Horse Farm quilts. 

So, please invite your friends, family, neighbors and anyone else you can think of and come join us at our Quilt Show! It will be Sunday, July 12 from 12 noon to 4 PM.  We'd love to share what we did and invite you to join us in the cause for helping out. 

This year 600 quilts were required to supply all the campers. And next year we were told to expect a 10% increase! That's a lot of quilts!  And it takes a lot of people to make that happen. We are hoping to recruit more people to help in this worthwhile venture!

Hope to see you all there!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HELP! We need the last step done for the FHF quilts!


First of all, congratulations to all of you who helped in a major way with hitting the goal of at least 80 quilts. We exceeded that by almost 20 quilts!  We have a date to dress the beds, and if you were a part of helping us in any way (by sewing, donating fabric, batting or $$) you are invited to help us 

"Dress the Beds" on July 13 
 (Time to be announced later). 

These are just a few of the stacks of quilts!!

Why do I need help? All the quilts must now be washed.  This is done to get any residual chemicals from sizing, animal hairs and whatever off of the quilts for these kids. Some of them have allergies or sensitive skin and we don't want issues.  I would like to get as many people as I can to take quilts home and wash them with a mild detergent, and NO fabric softener. They can be dried in the dryer or on the line (as far as I know). And then they need to be returned to me on July 11. BECAUSE....

My Quilt Show this year is on Sunday, July 12! From 12-4. 

The Flying Horse Farms quilts will be the main attraction!  I figured it's a great way to advertise what we are doing and hopefully pick up a few more helpers!  And then the next day is when we dress the beds. We will also have my current quilts and those of students to view as well. 

So..our last get together for this batch of quilts is Tues. June 20 from 10-4.  If you could pick up some quilts that day to take home and wash, that would be AWESOME!  I also have some rag quilt kits available if anyone has time to sew.  You are welcome to take them home to sew (and wash) as long as they can be returned in time for the quilt show. Several of us cut up flannel to make rag quilts to sell at the quilt show to raise funds for more batting and thread.  

Do you have any quilted items that you don't need anymore? Wall hangings? Table runners? Baby quilts? Quilts that are too big for FHF?  Would you consider donating them to be sold to raise some money?  I know I went through all my things and although perfectly good, I just don't need that many quilts! LOL  So, if you have some and would like to use them for a good cause, let me know!

Hope you all are staying dry and are enjoying your summer. Please take a few moments to consider helping us out by washing some quilts. 100 is a lot of quilts to wash! So we need lots of helpers! 

Thanks and hope to see you on the 30th!


Monday, January 26, 2015

A few date changes

Surprise! I seemed to have double booked a couple of dates! Thanks to keen eyes alerting me, I have changed the dates of some of the Open Sews and one Charity Sew IN day.  Here is the NEW LIST of DATES!

Wednesday Open Sews from 9 AM to 4 PM (*= a new date)

*Feb. 11
*Mar. 4
April 22
May 27

Wednesday Charity Sew In  from 10 AM to 4 PM and 6-9 PM

Jan. 28  --3D Rail Fence
*Feb. 18 -- Yellow Brick Rd.
March 25
April 29
May 20--TURN IN DAY!

For our next Charity Sew In day, we are doing the 3D Rail Fence. 1 ⅛ yards are needed of 3 colors, cut into 3" strips.

Hope you are staying warm and quilting away these winter days!

See you soon, Karen

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Charity Sew In--New Dates!

Happy New Year! I'm hoping everyone is inside sewing away now that winter has decided to make her appearance! AND that everyone is healthy!  That nasty flu/virus has hit almost everyone I know. I'm still on the recovery mode. I feel better other than being really tired still! LOL  

I'm working on the dates for the spring and thought I would get at least those posted so people can start planning!  

Here are the dates for the upcoming months for our Charity Sew Ins for Flying Horse Farms...

Always held on Wednesdays from 10-4 and 6-9....

Jan. 28-3D Rail Fence 

Feb. 25- Yellow Brick Road
Mar. 25-TBD
April 29-TBD
May 20-TBD--day to turn our quilts over to Snuggled in Hope for the Summer Camp Season-YEAH!

If you would like to do a Rail Fence quilt and have extra fabric, here is what you need:
1 ⅛ yards of a light fabric (it actually takes an exact 36")
1 ⅛ yards of a medium fabric (same)
1 ⅝ yards of a dark color (uses 57"), includes border. 
Cut all the yardage into 3" strips, including for the border. 

As always, donations of fabric, especially yardage (it takes 3 ½ yards for the backing), neutral fabrics, batting and thread are always welcome!

Saturdays from 10-5 PM
Jan. 10
Feb. 28
Mar. 28
April 25
May 23

Wednesdays 9 AM to 4 PM
Feb. 25
Mar. 25
April 22
May 27


As most of you know, I had rotator cuff and bicep repair surgery in November. I am now out of my sling, but still very limited. So preparing for classes is not possible. I'm going to concentrate on my therapy so I can have FULL use of my arm again! I will also continue with Open Sews to allow people to work on projects and have me available for questions. This is not a class time though. And of course, working on our quilts for Flying Horse Farms! There are a few secrets going on here about that and if you come to help, we will let you in on it! :)

Have a great and productive new year!

Hope to see you all here sewing away!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Charity Sew In this Wed. Dec. 3

Hi all,

I didn't forget about you, I'm still in a little bit of a drug induced fog! My attention span is like a little kid!  Anyway, thanks for all the prayers for my recent shoulder surgery. I think I'm getting along quite well. But I do thank God for pain killers. It's made it so much more tolerable!

I am up to doing another Charity Sew this Wed. Dec. 3 from 10-3 and 6-9.  I did shorten the day hours a little bit so I could take a nap. :)

We will be working on the YumYum quilt.

Yum Yum quilt

It requires (18) 2 ½" squares and (17) 6 ½" squares of a print fabric. and {gulp} 3.25 yards of a white on white or BG fabric. 

I might actually re-do the quilt to use less BG fabric, as yardage is the most precious commodity we don't have!  

So just bring 6 ½" and 2 ½" squares and any amount of BG or white on white you can bring. I'll have a different option based on the same quilt, but using less of the BG fabric. 

If you have another quilt you would like to work on, by all means bring it to work on. I'm just offering an option. You all have been so great in bringing a variety of quilts. Our count is quickly rising. 

As always, any fabric and batting donations are welcome.  It takes 3 ½ yards to do a backing and that's what we lack. 

Thank you to all who have been helping here and at home. Together, we can make an impact on these children and hopefully put some smiles on their faces!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Charity Sew In Cancelled

For those of you who don't know, I am having rotator cuff surgery tomorrow, Nov. 19.  And that was supposed to be our Sew In day. So obviously, it's cancelled for this month.  The next one will be Wed. Dec. 3 from 10-4 and 6-9, Lord willing!

We are moving right along with our quilt numbers! We now  have 13 completed quilts in house, several that are being quilted by others, 4 that are being bound and 7 more to quilt.

Thanks to our volunteers to date: Sandy S, Marcia L, Angie D, Valerie, Susan S, Susan B, Penny P, Penny R, Deb J, Michelle F, Natalie R, Mary Jo K, Linda J, Cheryl B, Mary W, Robin L, Connie T, Cathy B, Karen O, Deb B.  Without you, it would not be possible!

Here are a few shots of our last Sew In day:

Stay warm and keep quilting!
Hope to see you all on Wed. Dec. 3 for our next Sew In.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Charity SEW IN WED Oct. 29

Our next Charity Sew In is Wed. Oct. 29 from 10 AM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM

We will be making Granny Square Blocks

Granny Square Block
All squares are cut 2 ½"--use bright colored fabrics. Each round should be the same fabric, or at least the same color. 

Uses (1) center square--I am using yellow and will have enough to pass out. 
(4) squares of a medium color
(8) squares of a coordinating color
(12) squares of white

If you could bring squares to make at least 2 blocks, we might have enough to make one quilt. 
As usual though, you are welcome to bring anything to work on, AS LONG AS IT IS GOING TO BE DONATED TO SNUGGLED IN HOPE.  

I also need volunteers to help me do the quilting. I have 4 out of 14 done and will soon have more to quilt. I am having shoulder surgery on Nov. 19 and won't be able to quilt at all. We can use Khloe on our charity days and if you would like to come another time to help, that would be great too!  I'm hoping that I can sew bindings on after my surgery. But that remains to be seen! LOL

If you are in a fall cleaning mood and need to purge a little, here is what we can always use:

Background Fabrics
Large pieces of fabric for backings. It takes 3 1/2 yards to back these quilts. 
Batting. (the size we need is about 65" x 75"--if you would like to piece smaller pieces together, that would be great and save us time). 
Bright fabrics or fabrics suitable for 8-16 year old boys, any size. 

Fabrics need to be 100% cotton, per Snuggled in Hope guidelines. If you have any other fabric to donate, I'll be glad to take it and pass it on to a church that does use all types of fabric. 

Thanks again for all the help given, it will mean a lot to the kids receiving these quilts.