Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gifting Season

We were BOOed tonight. Last year, the family across the street began a neighborhood tradition of "BOO"ing. You secretly leave a pumpkin of Halloween goodies, along with a cute poem and a little ghost image at two friends' front doors. Then, these friends need to BOO two of their friends, and like the old shampoo commercial revealed, soon there are dozens and dozens of happily BOOed families. I found our BOO basket by the door when I went out to turn on the Halloween lights. Tomorrow, we will excitedly pull together our BOO baskets and then run them around to the children's friends. Such a simple thing, but it brings so much joy!

That's today's theme: bringing joy! One of our guild service projects is to make doll quilts for the Salvation Army and the local homeless shelter. Each quilt complete with a doll or teddy bear is given to a needy child. I finished my two quilts (due in November) this week:

The charm squares were a gift themselves, from my guild secret sister last year. I thought they'd make a beautiful little quilt for a lovely little lady. The border, which I love, is a remnant from the backing of my strip quilt posted last blog entry. The binding comes from a couple bright Fassett FQs. They turned out exactly as I wanted, but then they needed owners to snuggle.

So, today, after early voting (hint, hint), I ran my kids up to pick out two teddy bears to match the quilts. They picked out almost-twin bears to match the almost-twin quilts. Here are the teddies sitting proudly:

I can only hope the receipients are as happy getting them as I am giving them. And, as someone I early voted for today once said, "There has never been anything false about hope."

My next project is quilting my daughter's All About Me quilt, the top of which I finished last November. Sigh.


Beth said...

Part of me wants to vote early in case something happens to me before November 4...but I love voting day so much!

Anonymous said...


I like your twin quilts so much! I'm sure the persons to receive them will love them for a long time.

I just visited "that" link for sneak peek and found "OMG!" quilt!!! just love it and I'm so impressed about their effort!
Yes, Yes HOPE is all we need for change!!!!

Thanks your comment on my blog too!

Barb said...

I enjoyed your blog, all the do amazing work...makes mine look primary.

Margaret aka Supermom said...

Hi...Wanted to be sure you were aware that I have another round of the 4 Seasons Quilt Swap in the signup process. It won't start until after the new year. More info is at


Anonymous said...

The teddy quilts are gorgeous and the BOO idea is fantastic!

FabiQuilts said...

Hola mi nombre es fabiana soy de Costa Rica y me encanta el quilting...
Me gustó muchísimo tu blog... espero seguir en contacto mi email es

FabiQuilts said...

Hello my name is Fabiana'm from Costa Rica I like very much .. Quilting I liked your blog, you have very beautiful work.
I hope to keep in touch my email is

ForestJane said...

The bears and their little quilts are so cute. ;)

Rannyjean said...

How much fun is that. I know an elementary school that does this!
Please come visit my quilting blog and sign up for my September giveaway!

オテモヤン said...


American Quilter's Society said...

I know it's been a couple of years, but the theme:bring joy, is amazing!

sharon said...

I use a teddy bears in almost all of my photos as I display my quilts.

I have yet to name my bear - any suggestions?

Sharon said...

Love the quilts!