Is It Really the End of May???

Somehow May is just flying by! I haven’t posted since April but with good reason. Now that our family is vaccinated we have had lots and lots and LOTS of family time. Like many of you, we are making up for all of the lost time over the past year or so. It has been heavenly.

With all of the visiting going on, there has been very little action in the sewing room. Before I left for Washington, I did get my diamond blocks made for May. The RSC color this month is red and I have plenty of red scraps! I am quite pleased with the blocks for the month. Plus, to start increasing the total number of blocks, I made four instead of three!!

Another fun project was a set of pillowcases for my sister. A while ago she was doing some cleaning and came across a piece of fabric with the Stanford University logo on it. She had bought it years ago and tucked it away. (Her husband is a Stanford graduate.) She asked me to make something simple with it and of course I said sure. Some weeks after I got the Stanford fabric, I was in a thrift shop and saw a big piece of fabric with the UC Berkeley logo on it. This was quite the amazing find, as my sister is a UCB graduate!! I grabbed the fabric and decided to make them a matching set of pillowcases, his and hers.

They certainly do not match – the colors are basically awful together. But it was so cool to find that Berkeley fabric!! My sister loved them and was quite surprised to see her school included in the package.

Moving on to more wonderful news! Preeti Harris (of Sew Preeti Quilts) is hosting her first Quilt Along! Even better, is she has designed the The Positivity QAL to be in support of Mercyful Quilts. I think most of you are familiar with the Mercyful Quilts program I coordinate for Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, CA. If you are not, please read a few prior blog posts about this truly valuable program. I have them available for you at the top of this page, under Mercyful Quilts.

Preeti generously asked me if she could coordinate this effort. Now, mind you, Preeti has already donated SIX gorgeous quilts to the program and here she is asking to do more. Amazing!!

Last week I received two quilts from her. Let’s take a look at them.

The original Positivity Plus Quilt.
Serenity Quilt

Mercyful Quilts was selected to receive both of these gorgeous quilts. If you would like to read Preeti’s blog posts about them, here you go: Serenity and then Positivity Plus. If you haven’t yet read Preeti’s blog, please check it out. Her writing is just as creative as her quilting.

I have a couple of things to share with regard to this quilt along. One is this – quilting is an expensive hobby. We all know that when it comes to donating quilts, sometimes the expense is more than our budget allows. I have a couple of generous donors who would like to make this a bit easier on those quilters who choose to donate to Mercyful Quilts and are feeling a budget pinch. (This year has been especially tough on many people financially.) If you are feeling the pinch and would like to be reimbursed for your postage expenses, please sent me a note so we can help. There are limited funds to do this but enough to help a number of you if needed. Remember this is anonymous – your name won’t be announced. If you would like to take advantage of this, use the ‘contact me’ button at the top of the page.

Another way to reduce the expense a bit is this. If you choose to have your quilt done by a long arm quilter, I have an idea that will slightly reduce your expense. You might choose to send your quilt to your long arm quilter and ask her to send it directly to me for Mercy Hospital. If you would include the binding, I am happy to bind the quilt for you. This would eliminate one shipping expense (because the long arm quilter wouldn’t route the quilt to you, and then you would have to send it to me). If you want to discuss doing this, let me know. I am all about figuring out how to be economical. Again, just use that handy ‘contact me’ button at the top of the page.

The schedule for Preeti’s QAL is very relaxed, for which I am grateful. I am not a speedy quilter! If you would like to join in, we would love to have you. Below is a copy of the schedule, taken from Preeti’s blog.

Here is a suggested schedule for the QAL so that you can pace yourself and stay on track.  There will be three linky parties, shown in red below. 
1. May 30, 2021 – QAL Launch – Block Tutorials, Layout Options and Fabric Requirements
2. June 6, 2021 – Finalize your fabric picks, block and layout etc.
3. June 13, 2021 –  Cut fabrics
4. June 20, 2021 – Complete Blocks 1-25
5. June 27, 2021 – Complete Blocks 13 – 24. Linky Party to share your progress
6. July 4, 2021  –   Complete Blocks 25 – 36
7. July 11, 2021  – Complete Blocks 37 – 48
8. July 18, 2021  – Share Finished Flimsy. Linky Party Participation Required for Prizes
9. July 25, 2021  –  Level 1 Prizes Announced. Make Binding
10. August 1, 2021 – Piece Backing. Baste your quilt tops.
11. August 8, 2021  – Quilting
12. August 15, 2021 – Complete Quilting and Attach Binding
13. August 22, 2021  – Share Finished Quilts. Mail Finished Quilts to Bernie. Linky Party Participation Required for Prizes
14. August 29, 2021 – We rest and wait for quilts to reach Bernie.
15. September 5, 2021 – Level 2 Prizes Announced. 

OK – this has been a long post but it has been a while so there was lots to chat about! I will leave you with some sweet pictures of my adorable family!

Grandpa and his littlest girl.
Julia’s 20th Birthday Celebration!
Making bird feeders with toilet paper rolls, peanut butter and birdseed. So much fun!

This week I plan to quilt and bind my Coin Quilt. I want it to be my donation for this year’s Hands2Help. I have started it but my machine was giving my fits with the thread breaking. So irritating! I will clean and re-thread everything which should correct the issue. Wishing all of you a wonderfully creative week!!

Linking to some of my favorites. Please check out the list at the top of the page, under Link Ups.

15 thoughts on “Is It Really the End of May???

  1. Wendy Tuma

    Love seeing the photos of your family, Bernie! Glad you’ve been able to sneak in some sewing in between the time with family. Those pillowcases are the best – they should have fun with them. May has flown by – yikes!

    1. Bernie Post author

      We are settling back into our ‘home’ routines now. I got half of the quilting on my coin quilt done yesterday which was lovely. I am in the mood to sew which is great. Hope you are well and having a nice Monday. 🙂

  2. Elana Goldberg

    Bernie, I love those quilts and bird feeders. I am so happy to see the world returning to life and especially grandparents being able to hug grandkids. It’s lovely that you’re all healthy and able to enjoy one another’s company.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Me too Elana – The world has been upside down for quite a while. I am thrilled to be spending time with family. My son came out from Brooklyn, NY and I had not seen him in 16 months. It was fantastic!!
      The bird feeders were so fun to make and my grand daughter loved that she could do the entire process herself. We watched birds come eat from them which was really cute.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Hi Carole, I actually enjoy binding quilts so I am happy to offer up my services. Seems silly to have a long armer send it to the client and then the quilter has to send it to me. Might as well make things more efficient, right? Take care.

  3. Mari

    Amazingly, it is the end of May, which also means it’s the start of summer! Hurray! The pillowcases are awesome, and everyone knows that grammy time is more important than sewing time, especially when it involves such cuties. Hope the thread-breaking is solved so you can finish up your quilt. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Happy Summer to you Mari. Hope you get lots of relaxing time as well as family time! The thread breaking problem is solved (rewound the bobbin) and the quilting is just over 1/2 way done. Hurray!!

  4. Roseanne

    Hi Bernie! Those pictures!!! I just love the one with grandpa and the youngest one. Oh so cute. Thanks for all the details about the Mercyful Quilts program. I am going to share your post to friends that would like to read/know more about it. I am looking forward to the QAL.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Roseanne, please share the Mercyful Quilts program wide and far! I appreciate any help getting the word out.
      Grandpa was so happy because the little one really warmed up to him over the last visit. It was great to see them playing together. Take care and happy sewing!

  5. Kathleen McCormick

    You have been busy. What fun the pillowcases are and the family pictures are adorable. My travel starts in a week…and I need to get my next quilt done for the H2H! Just finished my “Follow Your Path” and now on to the next International Sisters….going to H2H too. May is all about charity work and then there is the Positivity QAL! Just got those directions in order so I can start making blocks as I make scraps. Nice to see you back.

    1. Bernie Post author

      Making blocks as you make scraps… That is an interesting system. I make piles was I make scraps. LOL
      I think donating an international sisters quilt is perfect. The recipient will be so happy. I haven’t made one but I LOVE that block. Nice to hear from you Kathleen.

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