The Anchorage Log Cabin Quilting Guild had its Teddy Bear Tea last month, in which members brought in the miniature quilts they had made to accompany stuffed animals/beanie babies. These are given to charities and service organizations that deal with children; representatives from a few of those were present and spoke of how they used the donations. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera to the meeting, so the only photo I have is of my own donations before I took them.
I had bought several men’s shirts for $1 each at a thrift store and incorporated them into the quilts shown in the foreground. I enjoy that very much–using perfectly good fabric that would otherwise be thrown into a landfill.
Making mini quilts is such a good way to practice skills and gives a reason for doing so. At the meeting I showed my corners, which are not perfectly square, to an experienced quilter. “Allow more fabric when turning the corner on the binding” was her advice. Fortunately I don’t have to discard or rip out my imperfect attempts: The children are not going to care about slightly-curved corners.
The beanie babies are the generous gift of a yarn customer; you can see that I still have plenty to use in the future.