I have a lot to share so I'm just going to jump right in. Last year's charity project for the Ronald McDonald House at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital went *great*! The ladies stitching for my charity really came through and we ended up with a lovely package to sent to the RMH. We received a nice letter from the house manager thanking us.
In a previous post, I shared a few pictures of some of my cross stitched squares that I have done for other charities. I now have pictures of the completed quilts. **Please note, I did *squares* for these and am in no way claiming all the work to be mine. I only claim my own work. I will link to the groups in charge of the projects.**
My first charity square was for Love Quilts.
I stitched this square:
Which then got put into the center of this quilt:
So many lovely horses in this ~ so many talented stitchers and quilters to put it all together!
Immediately after this, I got into the Sandy Hook project. It's home base was/is a FB group called Xstitch for those impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. I'll share what I stitched and where each item got put. Some squares got put into the quilts while others were made into pillows to go along with the quilts. Each family got a quilt and pillows and then places such as the fire dept, police dept, city hall, etc. got wall hangings.
I stitched this square for the family of Jessica R.
It got made into a pillow (bottom left) to go with the other items to her family:
Next I did a little bird that wasn't ear marked for a certain family, but was just to be used where ever there was a need.
It got placed into a wall hanging (upper left) for the fire department in Newtown.
And lastly, this is a piece that is so dear to my heart. In terms of difficulty...it wasn't difficult at all. Perhaps a smidge time consuming because I am a slow stitcher (and have come to embrace that about myself) but it was a very easy pattern. But. This square was for, "the little girl who survived." I don't know her name, it was never used. I'm assuming to protect her from media, etc. I know she was 6 years old at the time of the shooting and she is the only child in her class who survived. All others were killed and she had to exit the building walking over all the bodies. I really wanted something special for the pattern for her square. As soon as I saw this one, I instantly knew it was the one.
I loved the caption, "Time for a hug," and the thought that this is exactly what I would want her to feel. Safe and sound in a big bear hug. Out of everything I have ever stitched, this is the one I am most proud of. It wasn't difficult, it's not the most impressive pattern in a world where we work on HAEDs and Mirabilias. But what it stands for and who it went to means so much to me. And I am so proud and thankful that I got to be included in it.
Here is the quilt it was put into:
So that was what kept me busy in 2013. There were a few other things that were gifts for friends. But my own personal stitching really took a back seat. I did take a one week stretch after finishing up the Sandy Hook squares to get started on my HAED ~ Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.
I'm a bit further in than that picture shows, but not by much. Other than that, I didn't have time to do much stitching for myself. I'm changing that now. :0) I will always work with my charity, The Legacy of Dorcas, but I think I have found ways to keep it all manageable. Especially since I am running the charity, I can control how big our projects are. ;-)
I'll have more updates soon ~ both personal WIPs and sharing about the current TLOD project.
Happy stitching and keep those needles flying!!