Last November (I think it was) Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts announced her plan for the Sew Fresh Quilts Bee. The goal was to make tons of 12″ quilt blocks which would become part of a series of quilts to be donated to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Canada. The blocks and/or quilt tops were to be finished by May 15th or so and mailed to Ontario no later than May 30th. I jumped on board and bought some of the required fabric (it has a cute Canadian theme) right away. I planned to make a stack of these improv blocks because I have believe strongly in the Ronald McDonald house organization. I made two blocks right away and then set them aside. Back in November, May seemed like it was so far in the distance. I pretty much forgot about these blocks.
Come January, I wrote a post about my Q1 goals and I put the Bee Blocks on the list. But nope, there were so many other things to work on. Not to mention a wedding in Toronto and my trip in April to meet my new grand baby in Vermont. So again, I put them out of my mind.
At the end of April I read Kate’s post about finishing up her Bee Blocks. Kate and I are quilty friends and we shared the Canadian fabric required for this project. It reminded me how close I was getting to the deadline and as usual with a deadline looming, I sat down and finished some blocks. Yet again, I put the blocks down and quickly became distracted by the quilt show I worked over the weekend.
Looking at this month and all that I have on my plate, I decided these four blocks are as far as I am able to take this project. It was my intention to make more of them, but sometimes life gets in the way. I packed them up and tomorrow I will ship them off to Ontario. I have been looking at the wonderful projects people have made over the past several months for this bee Lorna has hosted. I think it is awesome that so many quilts have been created and they will definitely provide comfort to the people staying in the Ronald McDonald houses during what are likely times of stress and worry. Thank you Lorna for organizing this event!
Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts. Be sure to come check out the blocks and quilts that have been made for this wonderful event.
Sometimes you have to know your limits. The Ronald McDonald house provides such a valuable service. I spent many volunteer hours at one while I was in college. Thank you for contributing!
Yes, I agree. I actually stayed in one a long time ago while our family went through a harrowing weekend. I have always had such a fondness for them because of what they provide.
This is inspiration for me! I reorganized “the stash” this past week and I found many projects I had started and not completed – and of course I felt guilty about them. Your post is a reminder to me to know when it’s OK to say “that’s as far as it gets”. 🙂 Your blocks are very pretty!
Linda – exactly. We want to do all the things, make all the quilts, help each cause as they come about. But we have to be realistic and not feel guilty about those things we can’t do. There are only so many hours in the day. 🙂
Your blocks look fabulous and will be very much appreciated, Bernie. Thank you so much for participating in the bee!
Thank you Lorna. I am happy to help. Kinda wish I hadn’t procrastinated on this one but I did get a few blocks made. 🙂
Well you’re ahead of me! I still haven’t started, although I bought some more Canada fabric this past week…Every block counts, right? Yours are great; it really is fabulous fabric.
Yep, every block counts. At least you don’t have to mail yours quite as far. I was worried they wouldn’t make it in time. Sometimes the post office is mighty slow….
Canada loves you!
Oh I do like what you did with the fabric, your blocks look great Bernie. Sometimes life just gets in the way of what we want to do, learning to accept that is the hard part and hey, if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have been able to join in and make some, so you contributed on both fronts.
Your contributions are sure to cheer someone!