Friday, March 23, 2018

2018 5th Annual Doll Quilt Swap

The past four years I've hosted a doll size quilt swap and they have been resounding successes! Time for our 5th Annual Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap 2018. Continue reading for all rules. When the number of participants continues to rise, please READ everything before asking me a question. Please take the time to make a quilt that you'd like to receive. Due date for your little quilt to be in the mail is May 1st. Please do not participate if you cannot meet the deadline.

Fabric: 1775-1910 is a wide span of time but that is what we are looking for. Look HERE if you are unsure what reproduction fabric is.

We are not using 1920's-Current
Not primitive style, like Jan Patek, or cutesy like some of Primitive Gatherings or Joined at the Hip. (which I love, just not for this swap)
We want the quilt to look like it time traveled from days past.

  • Hand or machine quilting is fine. Quilted with a few ties is fine. Ties only is not.(please no yarn)
  • No pre-printed panels
  • Please attach a label and add a note so the recipient knows who to thank.
  • Thank the person who sent you a quilt. 
  • If the workmanship is very poor and it looks like it was done very unthoughtfully I want to know and I'd like     to see photos. 
  • We will have a linky party so we will be able to see all the little quilts!

  • 24" x 24" or smaller. (It doesn't have to be square), Civil War reproductions, a label, with a deadline of mailing by May 1st.  

    If you cannot mail international for financial reasons please let me know. You do not have to leave that info in the comments, you can email me.  In previous years I let you not mail international for any reason, but I'm changing that. It is the same people willing to send international doing it over and over.  If you just don't want to send overseas because going to the post office is a hassle, then please join another swap. 

    If you are interested please send me your full name, mailing address and if you do cannot send international to    
    Even if you were in a past swap, please send me the pertinent info. 
    I'll take signups through Friday, March 30,  2017- Midnight PST
    I will send you your swap partner soon after. 

    If I do not know you, if you have never commented on my blog or we've never emailed than I may not allow you to join. Don't take it personal. 

    It isn't a race (although there is a deadline) there is no reason to rush and do a crappy job. This type of workmanship is not acceptable.  It doesn't have to be perfect. So many of my points do not match, but I do know how to attach a binding and basic quilt construction. Have fun and enjoy the process!

    Need some inspiration?

    Friday, March 16, 2018

    Update: Lincoln Museum Quilt

    I hope you aren't getting too bored seeing this quilt! I'm over half way done and I think all the 16 patches are complete. Most of the stars are cut out. Just need to find a block of time to sew. They seem few and far between these days.

     I'm heading into Portland today to spend some time with my daughter planning our trip. It will be here before we know it! We are getting so excited.
    And my Instagram for the week.

    It's going to be a wonderful weekend. Enjoy it!

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Mission: Colombia

    I hope with each mission trip my soul gets a little more gentle to those in need. I loved this little applique and the saying.
     I wanted to share some of my trip with you. Several of you have donated to MSI on my behalf. Thank you! You are making a difference! And I am extremely grateful.
    We go out in teams and these Colombians stay with us all week. L-R Aleda was our guide and connection to the schools, Claudia was an interpreter and she played in our drama, Victor was our commando, also a bridge between us and the schools, and Jhon was our main interpreter.  I felt like we got very close with our team this year and will miss these 4 so much. (although now we are facebook friends, Aleda and Victor only speak/write Spanish)

    The next few photos show a variety of the schools we went to. The one above was special. We finished up early and they set up their band, played and sang for us!

    This was the very first place we went. This church has a food program and feeds many in the neighborhood. We were able to bring a nice stack of food with us, although it won't last long. There were many many children. (the heat in this room was only a taste of the week to come!)

     Everyday life.

    Inside a school compound.

     The photo above and below were from the neighborhood we put in a water well. It was around 90 degrees and this woman was still happy enough to wave while doing her laundry.

    Not only did this community get clean water to use, now that they have water the government will deed them their land and help support a school!

    This is a makeshift school they built recently! It was very exciting!!
     Friday and Saturday night we held a festival and tens of thousands showed up to hear good music and a message of love and hope.  Christy and I spent most of our time in the crowd giving out candy, dresses and jewelry. It was so much fun!

    And a little fun....
    I really needed to have someone stand next to this toilet to see the real size. It was about 12" off the ground! It's a good thing I had been doing squats! 

    It took a minute to figure out I had to use this bucket and dipper to flush the toilet!!

    I've been on 4 missions trips and this one was the most special.

    Thanks for all your support!

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Marvelous Monday

    I don't generally like Monday's but today will be marvelous! It's such a mindset isn't it? I survived babysitting! LOL I only gave the 2yo a little curdled milk! Everyone survived!! 
     I opted to go hiking on Sunday , but I still managed to get a few blocks sewn. I have a lot of these cut, ready to sew but here is a few more I'll add to the stack.
    And binding! That means 2 quilts are close to being finished. I have labels made for them as well.

    If you want to see where I hike check it out HERE.

    Happy Monday quilters!!

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    First Friday Exhibit for March

    I had to make a trip to Bend this week and was able to drop by Quiltworks and see their monthly exhibit. One of these days I'll make it for First Friday celebration.

    Ruth Kinane was the featured quilter. 
    Isn't this fantastic?!

     Love this one!

    Another quilt shop row by row that I actually like.

     This block reminds me of a quilt top I have waiting to assemble!

    The group quilts below were a variety of applique quilts. I only photographed 2 of my faves.

     I love this and I love that it isn't perfect!

    Here is my Instagram feed for the week.

    I've managed to get a little sewing done this week, but am feeling a little stretched. I like to help out when I can so I know it is only for a short while. When people are hurting we need "a little help from our friends". 
    Sorry there isn't more inspiration from my own sewing room.
    Have a wonderful weekend. I'm babysitting! A first in many years!!
    Love to you all.



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