Quilt the World 2022

Hello Quilting friends!  I wanted to share with you my Charity Quilt for the Pay It Forward Campaign called Covering the World: One Quilt at a Time 2022.  This is my charming Quilt of Valor Quilt.

I am an AccuQuilt Go!Getter and I have teamed up with other quilters and designers from AccuQuilt, Moda Fabrics, and Brother to create and donate our time and quilts to a charity of our choice.  Every week in 2022, one person from our teams will be donating a quilt to our favorite charity.  My chosen charity is the Quilt of Valor Foundation.

The Mission of the Quilt of Valor Foundation is to cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  I have many friends and family members who have served our country and I have a special place in my heart for the veterans and members of the military who have given so much of themselves.

I belong to my local group, Stitching Sisters Quilts of Valor in Clawson, Michigan.  We get together monthly to sew quilts in fellowship and fun.  Here is a picture of our group showing some of the blocks we were making for our quilts.

This picture showing the completed quilt made with our blocks being awarded to a deserving veteran.

This is a picture of our latest group of veterans to receive their Quilts of Valor.

We often get fabric donated to our group from the local community.  All of the fabrics in the quilt I made were donated.  I had a selection of chambrays and red and blue cotton fabrics with tiny stars printed on them.

I used the AccuQuilt GO! Blazing Star 12” Finished die (55051) by Eleanor Burns for my quilt blocks.  The contrast of the prints and chambray really make the Blazing Star stand out.  I used sashing and cornerstones to pull it all together.  My friend, Sue Baker, did a beautiful job of completing the long arm quilting.  She was one of the sisters who founded our Stitching Sisters QOV group.

Do you make quilts for Quilt of Valor? I have a FREE TUTORIAL to make this GO! Rising Star Quilt of Valor quilt on the Accuquilt Blog.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my Quilt of Valor charity quilt.  Would you like to join us in making a quilt for charity?  For more information on making and donating a charity quilt as part of the Quilt the World 2022 project, visit AccuQuilt.

In Memory of Cookie Cat

I had the best kitty in the world. His name was Cookie Cat and he was special. A lovely gray and white tabby, he was gentle and kind and he smelled like cotton candy. He was my quilting companion and he had my heart.

He would follow me downstairs to my sewing room and just stay with me while I sewed and quilted.  Whenever I started quilting, he would appear and try to help.  I would look away for a second and he would be…right..THERE.  LOL

I had this little rolling cart and I finally put his cat bed in there and I would just roll him around the room with me.

In 2017, I designed a quilt in his honor with a big block and his sweet face on it and I called it, Cookie cat. 

I thought it was adorable and versatile, four blocks for a baby quilt and one block for a pillow. 

We have a little black kitty named Oreo too and to not be left out, I made some Halloween pillows in the pattern for him too.

But this sweet boy was my little shadow.  At the beginning of 2020, he was diagnosed with cancer.  I was glad to be home due to Covid to take care of him.   He was spoiled rotten and got anything he wanted.

He started to just come and want to sleep in the bay window in front of my sewing machine.  He could see the birds and squirrels.  He would still follow me downstairs and just be with me while I quilted and sewed.

He passed away just after Thanksgiving and it hit me hard.  I still miss him.  I decided that I would do something to honor his devotion to me and celebrate that pure love he gave to me.

I have updated my Cookie Cat pattern with his picture and I have reduced the price in my shop.  You can find it HERE!

This year, 2021, I am going to give the proceeds from this pattern to my local humane society.  A tiny way to give back to the place where I rescued Cookie cat to begin with and a way to honor and grieve him in a positive way.

I appreciate your support of my charity this year and wish you too will experience the joy and unconditional love of a pet.

Warm Wishes,