My Mrs. Claus had this bright idea a few years ago to make a few doll quilts to go along with the doll beds and cradles that the Greenville Woodworker's Guild make each year. Since Sir Old Man is the woodworker and my Mrs. Claus is the quilter, the projects just complimented each other.
Well, let me tell you, what she thought was a few doll quilts needed actually was 60 that first year. That is when so many wonderful blogging quilters stepped up....actually sewed up a storm.....and helped my Mrs. Claus fill the need. And the Get Your Mrs. Claus On project began.
Since then, quilts arrive all through the year from around the world. Each one special, and wonderful. And a very big antler shake and thank you goes to that group of quilters from the HGTV Message Board. This group of quilters have supported this project from several years now, and really stepped up when my Mrs. Claus broke her shoulder. They send quilts dedicated to every state in the USA and territories too. You can't imagine how excited Mrs. Claus gets when she opens one of the packages and sees where it is from and which state it represents!
This year close to 80 beds and cradles were made by those busy elves at the Greenville Woodworker's Guild. In total over 540 wooden toys.....beds, cradles, chairs, push toys, wooden puzzles, cars, trucks, and fire trucks were made. All of them to be given to various organizations that work with children----from hospitals, to child development centers, and rescue groups. These quality toys and quilts are much needed and will be much loved. And....a new addition was bed/cradle mattresses and little pillows made by the wife of one of the woodworkers! See what we started.....another antler shake.
Anyway, on Saturday, I got to oversee the packing up of the doll quilts. One giant, huge display was being set up at the woodworker's complex. Twenty five woodworkers, wives, and student woodworkers---students of that Pesky Elf--- were on hand to unpack toys, set up tables, and turn it all into a wonderful display. So, without any more words from me....enjoy the show of toys and quilts.
There are going to be a lot of very happy children this year....don't you agree? Thank you all....each Mrs. Claus....for making this year a success from me---Rudy, and the Pesky Elf, all the toy maker elves, and of course, Sir Old Man and my Mrs. Claus. Wishing you Merry Christmas and lots of jingle bell days.