The quilts I enjoy making the most are quilts to donate to those who have suffered loss or just need a quilt. Vince always asks how I know they appreciate the time and effort that went into making them and that’s something I never know and honestly, once a quilt is given away, it’s no longer mine and what happens to it after that is out of my hands. I try to explain to Vince that giving the quilts is something I do as much to satisfy my own feeling of needing to help, as it is for helping those in need.
Last night I printed out the instructions for Option 3 for the green mono quilt and that’s what I fully expected to begin working on this morning but when I awoke, watching the sun rise over the lake through our open window (I did have to add another quilt on the bed last night!), I knew that instead of the the green quilt I’d planned to work on, I would work on a quilt to be given to someone who lost everything in a Texas fire. My plan is to make 10 quilts to donate. A friend’s daughter lives in or very near Bastrop County, one of the hardest hit and closest affected counties to where we live. Marla is helping with relief efforts so I know I can get the quilts to her and she will make sure they go where they’re needed. Her mom, Sandy, has been my friend forever, so once I get them done, Vince and I can drive down to Austin, meet Sandy and her husband for dinner, and I’ll give the quilts to her to give to Marla for distribution.
When trying to decide what pattern to use, I wanted something that easy enough but not so intricate that I couldn’t get 10 made fairly quickly. The very first email I read this morning was from a blog reader talking about a Disappearing Nine Patch so the first quilt I make is going to be a Disappearing Nine Patch. I figured in order to comply with the green mono challenge, just in case I don’t get it done, I’ll do a green Disappearing Nine Patch! Pretty smart thinking on my part, don’t you think? 🙂
I may have to dig through more boxes for more green fabrics but the bottom left stack are the darks, bottom right are the mediums and the top are the lights. Some are kinda interchangeable — lights/mediums — but I think these will work out quite nicely.