The Mrs. Claus Project is being put on hold for now, as of October 2015. The response for help has been wonderful and over whelming. The elves at the Woodworker's shop are evaluating the program at this time, so plans for 2016 are in limbo. I will update as plans are decided upon. Thank you to each and every Mrs. Claus.
News: Dana, our Mrs. Techie Claus, created a new buttons just for this project. She captured the spirit of it perfectly. The linky buttons are on my home page . You will need to copy the code under the photo and paste it onto your blog as a gadget. It will link directly to this page. Thank you, Dana.
The button code is located at the bottom of my home page.
How to Help by making a doll quilt:
- Recommended size for the doll quilts is 14" by 18". A little bigger or smaller is fine for the doll beds and strollers. The woodworkers are not making cradles this year.
- Any design, or pattern works great. Make it out of scraps, orphan blocks, strings, or novelty print or a panel design. Express yourself.
- The doll quilts are the perfect size to practice your quilting skills. Try free motion motifs....a great practice size. Hand quilted, tied, or simple line stitching are great options too.
- You may use a binding to finish the quilt, or simply "birth the quilt" by sewing around all 4 sides---leaving an opening for turning---and then top stitch along the edge.
- Add a label to the back or write with a fabric marker like Pigma Pens, and be sure to include the state you are representing. Example: "From Mrs. Claus in South Carolina" or "With love from North Carolina". The girls are always amazed when they discover their quilts from across the country and other nations.
- Contact me for mailing instructions ---- Stitchintherapy at bellsouth dot net ---or click the link on the home page on the right hand side.
This story began with an idea to help.....read the first post here.
Then a cry for help...read about the next post here.
Day 14 and 67 dolls quilts are ready for the first delivery.
A volunteer artist dropped by to hand paint decorative accents on the cradles.
As of June 25, 2012 the total number of quilts is 130!
To all the wonderful Mrs. Claus around the world,
Last November I never dreamed this small project would touch so many hearts. In the grand scheme of the world , it is a small project, but has an amazing effect on each of us. Our work to create a small doll quilt of our stashed and horded fabrics, or of our leftover blocks and strips, has become an amazing journey. Your hand work may inspired a young girl to become a quilter one day, or to learn to sew. She may try harder, love deeper, feel stronger because you cared. The quilters who have participated have learned new techniques, improved their skills, and spread their love of fiber and thread. They seek to leave a legacy in their giving and caring. Others have donated fabric, and batting and been such an encouragement to the entire project. So, even though I may not know each of you, I am sending hugs and blessings to each of you.
Thank you each and all.....the story will continue.
October 16, 2012
As of today 85 doll quilts, made by the quilting Mrs. Clauses, have gone out the door for delivery by that Pesky Elf---with the biggest heart---along with the doll beds and cradles. I love to revisit each quilt that has come in before it leaves to brighten a young life. I think of all the time involved, of the hands that assembled each quilt. I pray a blessing over them. I hope your participation in this project gives you so much joy as I have received. It has been a wonderful God inspired journey. I am thankful He let me go along for the ride.