Monthly Archives: December 2010

the story of the red and green quilt


Once upon a time …..

there was a pile of green scraps ….

a pile of red scraps …

and a pile of white scraps …

bits and pieces all of them, each in separate piles.

One day a hand picked up a red, a green and white and

stitched them together.

Then more and more …..

until the pile was no more!

and it had become ….

something useful and joined into one.

It looked very jolly and brought a smile.

It was neatly folded,

and packaged and posted,

it was loaded into the cargo of a plane ….

and it arrived!

safe and sound ….

it still looked very jolly and brought a smile!

To Kristine and Thomas :0)

“today thomas and i went to the A-21 safe house for traffiked women

and hung one of our quilts donated by valerie from oxfordshire, UK on the dining room wall.

valerie’s quilt was so festive with reds and greens that i asked her permission

to hang it on the wall there.

the fabrics were flower prints so the quilt will remain year round

but is also perfect for the christmas season.

the girls were thrilled to get our gift and thomas was eager to put it up for them.

the 3 girls there and i had our first lesson on sewing binding

and they are eager to help with more projects next year.”


What a joy and privilege it is to know that the scraps of red, white and green

may be a blessing and encouragement to these girls.

After all ….

all of us are made up of scraps of one colour or another,

some scraps of life are pretty, some disgusting and some need discarding!

Christmas time reminds me that we all need

the Hand of the Christ child to stitch us together so that,

we may be a blessing to Him and others.

A Christmas card had the message …..

Wise men follow the star to seek Jesus

Christmas 06

(then on the inside it said)

Wise men still seek Jesus.

May you be blessed in your seeking and finding this

Christmas time.


There is a wonderful verse that says ….

“Christ Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost”

Val xx

hexies and more ….


Blog land is really an amazing place to be isn’t it?

Because I had been addicted to Hexies, through

Texas Freckles

I looked at others who had joined in the fun ….

and discovered ….


reading through her posts she mentioned a friend who

had helped her with her hand quilting techniques …..

So I followed the link  …..

and discovered …..


…. and a life changing experience!

This is what she says …..

“i make my quilts for the widow . . .

for the orphan . . .

for the aged . . .

for the victim of human traffiking . . .

and for those who are poor or homeless

come join my adventure!!”

So I did!  :0)

I am a Virtual Team Member (VTM) !

Here are two that I made in time for the orphanage

Christmas delivery of 50.

(it is actually red, white and green the photo didn’t show the colours)

If you look at Kristine’s site you will see my other

two tops on her slide show.

This was the offer I couldn’t refuse …..

“join one of our causes and be a part of our remote team.

we have folks from all over the world helping us to assemble tops from their home

and once we get them we can add the batting, backing, and binding.”

I am so glad I did!

I hope you feel inspired and intrigued enough to go and check out Kristine’s site

explore all her options,  enjoy the slide show and the videos.

Whatever you do tomorrow …. have a good day :0)

baby it’s STILL cold outside!



it IS still cold outside for a morning walk – so –

after the patchwork mittens …..

came  THIS …..

a bag of bits I bought from my friend when she moved studios

and a bit of this piece ……

and a bit of that piece ….

and it became ..

my new HHH ….

Head Hugger Hat!

it’s a bit quirky …..

it’s rather …… different …..

but I LIKE IT! :0)

and it’s WARM