Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pay It Forward

Last month, I received this bracelet from a friend, inscribed with the message:
...yesterday, I had the opportunity to do just that, for Katie's Comforters Guild.

For months, I have been storing many boxes of beautiful, donated fabric in our home for the Guild. It sits here, just waiting for quilters who need it. I love sharing the gifts which we receive with quilters, but there are often time lags between fabric donations and need for fabric. The "stash" became an impediment to the appropriate use of a room in our house, yet I had no place to give the fabric.

Then I thought of Sue H.; a few months ago, Sue told me that she had some quilting friends who might be interested in sewing for Katie's Comforters Guild. I emailed he,r and offered them the pick of all that we had here. Yesterday, Sue and three of her friends (two friends and one friend's dear granddaughter) came to the house to sort through the fabric, and it was like Christmas morning. The exclamations of joy, excitement and appreciation of the donors' taste was so much fun to witness, like watching kids open presents!

As these lovely ladies sorted the stash into color-coordinated piles, it gradually became apparent that they liked all of it...and they wanted to take all of it, to make quilts for Seattle Children's Hospital's patients. I am thrilled! No more boxes filling the room (just a basket of seasonal and holiday fabric leftover, along with a few quilt tops which need finishing); new friends and supporters of Katie's Comforters Guild, excited to start quilting, and beautiful materials - so lovingly donated - about to be turned into comfort for sick children. It reminds me of a fairy tale (Rumpelstiltskin), in which straw was turned into gold...I can hardly wait to see the treasures these women will make using this fabric!

We have received an offer of more fabric from a generous donor in the Bonney Lake area, so if you would like to join us in our mission, and would like to use free fabric to do so, please let me know! We can connect you with the donor.

Thank you, Sue, Dawn, Becky and Grace!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Generous Heart

Gregg and I stopped by to see Lucile this weekend. She continues to organize her home, organizing, sorting and accomplishing other important tasks which must be done after Noble's passing. We went for a visit, but Lucile's thoughtful generosity never stops; she handed us a bag of five new fleece blankets for Seattle Children's Hospital!

Thank you so much, Lucile!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Gratitude, To and From

Gratitude. It is a great thing to feel, acknowledge and receive. We feel it every day for our guild members and supporters, and we receive it from patients and their families.

I met with Ka and Rich this week, to take delivery of 3 large tubs full of cotton and flannel fabric.
If you or your quilting group need fabric to make quilts for Katie's Comforters Guild, we can supply it, thanks to Ka and Rich's generosity!

We also received the gift of a letter, written by the grandmother of two patients at Seattle Children's Hospital. She said:
"My daughter S. has been at Children's since May with her twin boys...with still weeks if not months before she can bring them home. Both born with many problems. But my daughter was given blankets for their beds that make [her] happy and the babies' beds colorful - so beautiful at such a stressful time. So on behalf of S. and I (Grandma) and the twins
Thank You so much for the happiness you gave her and her baby boys."
You and your precious family are very welcome, Grandma H.!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Lucile & Mickie: 28 New Blankets and Quilts

I went up north to visit Lucile this week. You may recall that her beloved husband, Noble, passed away recently. Lucile has been busy in her home, as well as organizing Noble's workshop. A family of raccoons had made made their nest in the workshop's attic, and had to be dealt with, but none of that stopped our Lucile from donating 10 new fleece blankets! She had them waiting by the front door for me. She is a woman to admire.  
Thank you, Lucile - we are grateful to you!

We received a note on facebook from our friend Michelle Farris, with photographs, letting us know that she and a group of quilters in Seattle and Lynden had made 18 gorgeous new quilts and delivered them to Seattle Children's Hospital for our guild. The photos below were taken by Michelle:




Note the awesome skateboard design in the middle photograph!

Thank you, Michelle, for continuing to inspire and organize quilting groups to wrap patients in comfort! We appreciate you!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pieces By Polly: "I Spy" Quilt

We were tagged in a facebook posting by Polly of Pieces by Polly. She shared a photo of this super-fun "I Spy" quilt, with the following caption:
"It's been a while since I finished a quilt for Katie's Comforters at #SeattleChildrensHospital. Love to make #ispy #ispyswap quilts for them to give sick kiddos something entertaining. This one is headed out soon @karengberger Katie's Comforters Guild at Seattle Children's Hospital"
Thank you, Polly, for bringing so much comfort and  cheer to patients with your fabric artistry! Your creativity, originality, love and diligence always inspire us!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sad News

Katie's Comforters Guild is sad to have to say "goodbye" to a beloved member of our community: Noble Nilsen. Noble has been the devoted husband to our dear Lucile for many decades, and a dedicated supporter of our guild. He has made countless car trips, ferrying fabric, quilts, yarn and blankets between their house and our little town. He has been a supporter of Lucile's love of quilting, and her devotion to our mission, patiently carrying bags of quilts from his car to mine, and warmly welcoming us into their lives.
To get an idea of his character, please read this and this.
We send our deepest, most heartfelt condolences and love to Lucile, Marv, YuMae and all of their family and friends at this difficult time. We'll miss Noble; he will always be in our hearts!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Inspired by Kits: Michelle, Becky & 10 New Quilts

You have read about Michelle F. here; she organizes quilting parties and quilting kits, distributes fabric, inspires others and makes her own quilts, as well. Oh, and she also designed a pattern for us!

Michelle connected with Becky M. and got her started quilting again with one of the kits. Here is a recent note from Becky:
"...I’ve completed 10 quilts for Katie’s Comforters Guild.  I started out with a simple single fabric front and backing, self bound, and progressed into making various simple patchwork designs.  I used to quilt years ago and found that I had forgotten a lot of the math of quilt design, so this is good practice for me.  I’m also excited to have such a worthwhile cause to use up the yards and yards of fabrics that I’ve accumulated over the years!  
I have found so many good resources for project ideas and tutorials on line!  Here are a couple of my favorites:
This is a cute blog as well as pictures of patchwork quilts from a very prolific quilter!  She has some great tutorials, too. http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com
Another site that I’ve found some wonderful, colorful ideas is one called cluckclucksew.   She has a tutorial for an amazingly simple self binding with a mitered corner that I’m using now.  It works every time!  http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2014/01/binding-quilt-with-quilt-back.html
I’m going to drop off the completed quilts at Childrens Hospital this week. I’ll be sure to give you credit for the kits that got me started!" - Becky M
Here is a photo of Becky's beautiful quilts:
Thank you, Becky and Michelle! Your time, talent and materials keep us going and GROWing - and keep the patients at Seattle Children's Hospital in comfort!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

12 Quilts + 4 Pillows from Bonnie

Bonnie and I planned to meet this week for a hand-off of quilts and pillows. Bonnie kindly accepted the challenge of taking donated fabric rectangles (from our friend Stacy's local "Buy Nothing" site  - you may have seen these free, open exchanges on facebook) and making them into something for patients to use and enjoy. She came up with the idea of pillows:
In addition to the darling pillows, Bonnie donated 12 of her one-of-a-kind, custom-made quilts:
She thinks of all ages and interests.
Here is a detail, showing Bonnie's talent for quilting stitches
Both front AND back receive attention to beautiful design detail
Patriotic design, with stars, stripes and state shapes

Bonnie is a true fabric artist. Thank you, Bonnie!

Friday, June 12, 2015

8 Fleece Blankets from Lucile & Noble

I write a great deal about Lucile and Noble here. They have become more than guild members; they are dear to us as friends. They teach us a great deal by the way they live, and give of themselves.

Lucile recently donated a batch of eight fleece blankets. She is not one who is given to complaining, but it is getting harder for her to work on quilts for any length of time now, due to aches and pains. Rather than letting that stop her, Lucile makes blankets from fleece.
The gift of these blankets is all the more incredible because Lucile is caring for Noble in a more intensive way, now that he has been diagnosed with cancer. She is still thinking of patients at Seattle Children's Hospital, providing comfort for them, at the same time as she is taking care of her own patient!

I hope that all of you will join me in sending our dearest, best wishes for comfort (and everything good) to Lucile and Noble.  

We love you, Lucile and Noble! Thank you for everything, including these 8 blankets!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Latest Guild News is Here!


The most recent issue of Guild News is here!
Check it out to see all that you - and we - have accomplished together. It was a fabulous year in every way for Seattle Children's Hospital's Guild Association.