It’s been a busy month! I’ve already plunged into two New Year Resolutions and crossed an item off my bucket list (I went to my very first NFL game - the NFC championship game in San Francisco)!! Here is a full report detailing the progress of my resolutions:
Okay, this doesn’t seem like a difficult resolution to most, but I’ve been thinking about going to the PMQG meetings since mid-2011. I don’t know why I was so intimidated but I “forced” myself to go to the first meeting of the year! I was too chicken to stand up and introduce myself but I enjoyed my time as a wallflower. And wow, talk about talent. All of the quilts that I saw were beautiful and the work was incredible. I feel out of my league but on the same token, I’m extremely inspired. I went home and signed up online to be a member. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and will blog my continued effort to fulfill my resolution.
I stumbled upon Binky Patrol when I was looking for volunteer opportunities in the Portland area, back in November. The organization is nationwide, and I stole this tidbit from their website because I think it clearly explains their mission:
We are an all volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.
The Portland Chapter is made up of knitters, crocheters and quilters; ergo, I qualify. Not to mention, I have several quilt tops that are completely pieced but just need to be quilted and bound. I can’t imagine better motivation to finish these quilts and get them to children and families in need.
Below is the first quilt I made for Binky Patrol. I made up a Lone Star pattern, which was my first (and last?) time piecing diamonds. Originally, the pattern I thought up for this quilt was much more ambitious, but after the Y-seams I was ready to call it quits. I machine-quilted it on my Bernina 440QE and hand-stitched the binding on at the chapter meeting. I’m super pleased with how it turned out and I hope it brings warmth and comfort to the recipient.
In the works: listing items on my Etsy shop, and getting ready for the Crafty Underdog on Feb 12th at the Mission Theatre!