Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Princess and the Pea?

Tomorrow afternoon, the boys and I are headed to New Jersey on the bus with my husband's basketball team.  While there, we are going to deliver our first 6 quilts to Project Linus New Jersey on Friday, and then meet with Victoria Wolfe (of 15 Minutes of Play and Bumblebeans fame) on Saturday to learn more about the quilt drive taking place on her side of the river.  My plan is to alternate recipients - I want to make sure they are going to people in both New York AND New Jersey.

So, in anticipation, I laid out all 6 quilts on my bed for photos.  Let me tell you, I am so tempted to cuddle down underneath all of that warmth and beauty!  Or lie on top and pretend I'm the princess from The Princess and the Pea!
I'll sew the binding on tonight and then hand stitch it down on the bus tomorrow.  Thanks, Mary Ann, for assembling and quilting.  

A completed quilt donated by Mary Ann - thanks!

A completed quilt donated by Anita.  Thanks, Anita!  This is my favorite!

Another completed quilt donated by Anita.  Thanks again, Anita!

Can you believe Anita completed and donated THREE whole quilts?  Thanks again, Anita

I love this quilt, so had to put up another photo - thanks, Maria!

And look at all the other quilt blocks that arrived yesterday - 132 more blocks bringing our total to date up to 461.  That's nearly enough for 11 quilts!

Week one of my READY TO QUILT workshop is done at the elementary school.  If I do this again, I will definitely limit the number of kids in my workshop.  Honestly, I didn't think that many people would be interested, but I have 23 third through fifth graders and ten K through second graders.  I thought the younger kids would be harder, but nope!

Nevertheless, I think the classes were a success.  All of the kids made a bookmark out of upcycled denim and a fabric of their choice.  They disassembled the jeans for the denim donation quilt.  And they all began designing and picking out fabric for their composition book cover.  I don't know what the protocol is for sharing photos of those kids, so here are my two goofballs with their bookmarks.

And last night was a cub scout Pack Meeting.  I brought in a bag of ties so the boys could learn how to tie a tie, led by none other than my son, Jason, tie tying expert extraordinaire!

and I also brought 3 international students from the University, so the boys could learn about languages and cultures in other countries (from left to right, China - Rwanda - Vietnam).  Look, they are learning how to tie a tie, too!

And finally, we collected our Operation Christmas Child boxes to send to kids overseas, and look how many the boys packed!  I love the variety of expressions on their faces.

Please know that I'll be out of town until Sunday morning, so there won't be any new names added to the My Heroes list until I get back.  I'm so excited to spend a couple of days away from work - work has been kicking my butt lately!


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Hi Erin, 9 more blocks are winging their way to you. They should be there when you get home, if not, they will be there Monday. Enjoy your trip.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Wonderful quilts and what a great out-pouring of love from quilters. Safe trip!

Nancy said...

460+!!! Never in your wildest imagination did you expect this I'm sure. I recognized some names there on the VA part of your list of contributors. It will mean so much to you and the boys to actually hand deliver the quilts to the receiving organizations. Happy trails to you all this weekend!

Barbara Arcement said...

Wow, so many quilts in such a short time ....quilters are so generous with their talents. Thanks to you some people will be warm.....I was happy to be able to help with this project.
You will be blessed in many ways.
hugs from Louisiana

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Just Amazing! Safe travels and say HI to Victoria from LynnInFlorida!:)

Julie Fukuda said...

Amazing! ...and you can join my pack anytime....

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Looks great!! Can't wait to see you!!!

Coloradolady said...

fantastic!!! What a great showing from quilters all over! It was a joy to be able to help with this in such a small way!! THanks again. Safe travels!!

Char said...

It's wonderful that you'll get to deliver them in person and meeting V in New York that's great.

libbyquilter said...

this project is definately taking on some great momentum~!
my package was mailed out yesterday. hopefully it will help.


sewfunquilts said...

My blocks are being mailed out to you today and I blogged about it again.

This is wonderful and quilters all over have done it again!

Thanks for coordinating this.

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! So much love and generosity. All of the quilts ae beautiful, and will be so appreciated. I hope you and the others must feel like a million bucks! Have a happy Thanksgiving.

pinsandneedles said...

Wow! You have done a fabulous job! the quilts are great.
I love the idea of having the boy scouts learn how to tie a tie! How fun!
Thank you for your part in Operation Christmas Child. I'm on the committee at our church (a regional drop off site) and we sent 5652 boxes to Boone, NC! It is an amazing mission!

Carla said...

Wow!That is sew awesome now if only I would get my blocks done and in the mail.