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Monday, December 24, 2012

DWM: the day before Christmas edition

Here's what I accomplished during my first week of vacation.
*  36 Churn Dash blocks in 19th century reproduction fabrics for a BlockSwappers' exchange. I've sent them off to Victoria though they aren't due until February 15.

*  65 Care Bags.  You can read more about this nonprofit project here.  In one of their newsletters they said they distributed an average of 100 bags a month, so I decided I'd contribute 100 bags a year. I did that for three years and then I got off track.  This week I pulled out the box with what I'd made in 2010:  35 bags.  I pulled out a tub of "miscellaneous" fabric (not quilting, not fashion) and began cutting and sewing.  I mailed two big boxes, with 100 bags, on Saturday.
For the 2013 batch of Care Bags!
-- Care Bags notes:  they can be made with handles or drawstrings. Drawstrings bags are quicker! I use clothesline for the drawstrings (.50 for a 20-yard hank at Big Lots, sufficient for 5 bags).  Home dec or corduroy are about the right weight -- if I use quilting cotton I add lining.  I try to have a fair number of Care Bags that will appeal to boys (=no flowers, hearts, etc.).

*  Easy Street, Step 5.  These were easy indeed!  I still can't figure out how all the units will fit together.

*  A few more 5" batik Puss-in-the-Corner blocks.  I'm still not sure where this project is going. 

You can see what other quiltmakers are working on at Judy's Patchwork Times  and Bonnie's Quiltville.


  1. You have accomplished a're like an elf at Santa's quilting workshop!

  2. Looks like you have been making good use of your Christmas vacation. And I do know about getting behind on the giving sewing. I will be playing catch-up this year.

  3. My goodness - you have been busy! Your Puss-in-the-Corner blocks caught my eye right away - love those colors!

  4. I would love to make some drawstring bags for Care Bags. Do you mind sharing the directions for the bags that you make?

    Your quilting projects are progressing nicely.

  5. Dear me, Nann, you are a veritable whirlwind! I don't have my Churn Dashes finished yet, and I'm the hostess, LOL!

  6. Busy week for you! I like that quilt on the bottom. I always like designs that make a line, but the colors in yours makes it extra specially nice.

  7. Wow, you got so much done! I love the batik quilt top.

  8. You have been a very busy little bee. Love the Puss in the corner blocks. I love making scrappy blocks like this that look so good when it all gets put together. Nice going.


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