Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Green and Scrappy Love


Because I'm willing to sew with anything that I am given...whether it is to begin from scratch, or finish for someone who wasn't able to, and because I almost always sew from scraps and donated fabrics...I always feel environmentally green and I always feel scrappy. And no matter how tired I am, or how busy I am, each and every quilt is still made with care and with love, because I love sewing and I love quilting and I love to make and give quilts for others.

So, as I finished this little quilt...made of simple, but colorful scrappy squares, and adding my favorite free motion quilting, and my favorite final stage of lovingly hand sewing on the binding and a label....I breathed a big sigh of contentment and happiness.

Scrappy is a wonderful thing to be, because it means not only using scraps, often the bits and pieces that no one seems to want and often toss away, but scrappy also means feeling fragmented or disjointed and yet using what one has been given to still make the best of things..and often because of that.... having a 'fighting' or 'scrappy' spirit.

This little quilt has a special mission. It is one of many that is going to a young adult who is in the process of being let out of Salem Oregon's Foster Care system. Too old to remain under state services, and in foster care, but not too old to need to feel loved....and to have something special to bring along with them into their new and perhaps, frightening, new adult life of living on their own.

I don't know you, and you don't know me. But this quilt is for you. Godspeed, the best of luck, and remember that you have received a big quilted hug of love!

Finn's New Year's Eve Small Projects Challenge:
Small Project #14: Mulled Wine Mug Mat

Finn's New Year's Eve Quilt Challenge:
Quilt #11: Twilight Dreams
Quilt #10:Far, Far, Away
Quilt #9:Green and Scrappy Love
Quilt #7 and #8: Follow Your Heart 1 and 2
Quilt #6: Stringing Along
Quilt #5: Within the Depths
Quilt #4: Irish Eyes
Quilt #3: Under the Pines
Quilt #2: Hope and Remembrance
Quilt #1 Hop to It!

Finn's New Year's Eve Small Projects Challenge:
Small Project #14: Mulled Wine Mug Mat
Small Project #11-13: Two pillowcases and a senior bib
Small Project #10:Follow Your Heart Potholder
Small Projects #2-9: sr bib, potholders and a bag
Small Project #1: Get Well Postcard

9 comments:

  1. It's beautiful, and the care and love sewn into it, and where it is going is even MORE beautiful.

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  2. It's beautiful. In my books, scrappy is the absolute best. Even better is giving them away. You're my kind of gal. Hugs and love

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  3. What a wonderful quilt for a new adult. This will keep them warm while they embark on their new journey into a scary adulthood.

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  4. This is a beautiful quilt - and a wonderful gift to a new adult.

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  5. The quilt is beautiful! And what a special gift. You know life gives us scraps and this young person needs to know that even with discarded scraps, God can make something beautiful :-)

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  6. Wonderful quilt and even more wonderful idea. What a great gift Michele, and blessing someone as they begin a new journey. I suppose that is true of many "given" quilts, for babies, for wounded soldiers, for graduations, weddings, etc, etc, etc. We commerate the occasion and send them forth. Love it!! Hugs, Finn

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  7. Great quilt and a great story!

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  8. Really beautiful Michele. I too love scrappy quilts.

    I frequently mass sew charity quilts of the same scrap colors till I use up a color pallette. I've made several of one set and have more blocks/scraps left. If you are interested in finishing, let me know. I've finished ten+ quilts with these colors and would be happy to pass them off to you, if you are interested.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  9. I'm always touched by the charity of U.S. quilters. Thanks for reminding me of that feeling again. ^^

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.