Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Disappearing Nine Patch for Kenya

Back in October or November I heard about the Lala Salama group that was collecting quilts for a children's wing in a hospital in Kenya--they hoped to collect 100+ quilts, one for each bed.  They're facebook page states, " The aim for this project is to provide a special quilt for every child's bed in the new Bethany Kids Pediatric Wing at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. This project is scheduled to be complete in mid 2014. This hospital will serve vulnerable children all over East Africa with medical and surgical conditions, especially Spina Bifida and birth defects. "

I signed up to make a quilt, imagining I would have plenty of time after Christmas to make it (that time was eaten up by this commission quilt).  By mid-February I was starting to freak out with all the things I had to finish by April, including the Lala Salama bed quilt.  A friend on FB heard my concern about not finishing the quilt, and offered to help.  She has two little kids too, and her sewing speed is similar to mine, so the timing worked out really well.  I gave her a pile of fabrics (all from my stash, and only one with a print on it as my blue and green stash has been nearly depleted in the past year!), and we agreed on a disappearing nine patch quilt.


I went to her house a few times to help where I could, but most of the top was pieced by her.  The layout was planned out by her and her husband.  She gave me the completed top, and I basted it last night.


I think I have a plan for the quilting, and will hopefully get started on it today--and finish by the end of the month, right on schedule, hooray!


They are still looking for more quilts to be made and donated!  If you are interested in making one, go check out their facebook page or this blog post.

11 comments:

  1. What a fabulous design! I can't wait to see this one quilted up :-)

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  2. Great teamwork! I'm looking forward to seeing your quilting.

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  3. Sooo pretty! Can't wait to see what you do with the quilting.

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  4. It looks great! Have fun with the quilting.

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  5. How cool that it worked out to tag-team this project!

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  6. Oh how I love collaborations! Congratulations to you both, I'm sure it will be awesome. :)

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  7. I love that you and your friend came together for the goal. My best quilting buddess was stumped on her binding for her grandson's quilt. She asked in our LQS if they knew of someone who did binding. I told her she could do it. So, I went to her house. She already had the binding cut. She is a perfectionist about most things. She doesn't like to take the time when cutting bias binding to cut the corners with the ruler we use. She likes to freehand it and then gets upset when the binding isn't in a straight line. Most of this binding was cut at 90 degree angles on the end. So, I pinned and marked the bias lines for sewing. She sewed. I cut the excess off. We both pressed. We chatted and chatted. Then when I left, she had lots of binding. I walked her through the process I use to attach the binding. I even gave her the link to the tutorial. And she put the binding on the quilt. She just needed help over the hump of making the binding. She and I get together to stitch from time to time and we even cut out quilts together. I have a 91 year old quilting friend who wanted me to bring back a pattern for her from my vacation. Then for her birthday, I bought her the kit. The kit warned that you have to cut very carefully to have enough fabric. I know why. My buddess and I got together and have cut out the kit, bagged the sections, and labeled the sets of fabric in each section with the size. So, when the lady is ready to stitch, all she has to do is press some of the fabric pieces (they've been bagged up for a long time) and sew. When we took the cut kit to her, she said she had never had anything like that given to her. It was a mess to cut and we persevered and now we are pleased. You are an inspiration for a great cause, too! Outside of quilting, I knit preemie and chemo caps. I am a breast cancer survivor and both of my daughter's sons were preemies. So those are causes near and dear to my heart. My sister-in-law who is a pastor goes to Haiti - usually every year and goes to an orphanage. The giving spirit is wonderful. Thanks for bringing light to this cause.

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  8. I can't wait to see how you quilt it! What a great cause.

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  9. How awesome are quilty friends? Really! haha I love the layout of this quilt and the quilting I've seen you do so far over on IG. This is going to be a really beautiful quilt.

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  10. Quilt friends are the best! and what a great cause. Looks fabulous!

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