2.16.2012

She's done! SHE'S DONE!!!

 
What started out as one quilt block made from scraps and a plea to have some friends help make a few more, has turned into one incredible quilt, full of stories, that is ready to be auctioned off at The Night Under the Stars Gala benefiting the Heroes Foundation on Feb. 25th.


I dragged my Dad (and his camera) over to the railroad tracks by his house to take some fun shots.
(Thanks, Big John!)


Ok, the quilting on this is just amazing!!!!  Tammy Lawson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, home of the Super Bowl, what what, offered to donate her time (4 hours!), her batting, her thread, her long arm quilting machine, and her skills to put this quilt together. Watching her free motion quilt this was mesmerizing!  I can not comprehend how she quilts this without drawing the pattern on the fabric.  If anyone in the Indy area needs long arm quilting services, contact me to get Tammy's info. You will not be disappointed!  She even let me sew on her machine while I waited.  We called it a Sewing Play Date!


Check out this video I took of Tammy in action....



I LOVE the little ribbon block that Charlotte of Lawson and Lotti made. 
It makes a statement without saying a word!



If you made a block(s) on this quilt will head over to Flickr and tag it here?  It should be fun to see everyone on there.


My friends in charge of the auction thought a throw pillow would be a nice addition to the quilt.  I chose 4  blocks that were extras sent in that I thought went nicely together and made this pillow.  I put pink pom poms around the edges and now I don't think I'll ever be able to make another pillow without them.


The silent auction committee thought it would be nice if I would write up a little somethin' somethin' about this quilt to put in the brochure that everyone will receive the night of the Gala.  Here is what is submitted:

When I first became involved with the Heroes Foundation Silent Auction Committee, I knew I wanted to make something special to donate to such a wonderful cause.  Modern Quilting is a passion of mine and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use my art to raise money for others.  I posted a request on my blog asking my sewing bloggie friends if anyone would be interested in helping me make this quilt. Each person could make one quilt block using their scrap fabric and send it to me with a note telling who their block was in honor of.  I was very nervous that no one would want to help me.  To my surprise, within 48 hours, 45 women had responded that they would like to contribute.  Not only did these women send one block each, but many sent two!  Coming from as far as Australia, the stories behind each block will tug at your heart strings!  Some blocks are in honor of lost parents and spouses, some are in honor of those currently fighting, and one is even in honor of herself, a woman currently going through chemo and radiation.  This quilt has helped me see that cancer does not discriminate.  Everyone all over the world is fighting this ugly disease and the 46 of us hope that we can use this disease as an opportunity to make something beautiful, that will hopefully raise money for those who need it.

~Val Campbell

Blocks have come from: England, Australia, and The United States (Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, Kansas, California, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Utah, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.)


***Thank you all that contributed.  I am honored to have put this together. I will report back w/ pictures from the Gala and hopefully a large dollar figure that this quilt has raised.  Fingers crossed!!!***

xoxoxo
~Val~

I've shared this quilt over at String Thing Along.  For other great string quilt ideas, head on over there!  I'm also linking up over at Made By You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou and was featured on Quilt Story!

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String Thing Along


22 comments:

  1. Val, thank you for spearheading this whole thing - it was wonderful to be a part of. I was happy to send in a block (on a side note, now I can't wait to make my own string quilt) :) can't wait to hear how it goes! Thank you again!

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  2. Oh my, it turned out seriously beautiful!! I am so honored to have been able to take part in such a wonderful project. Thanks so much for putting this together Val, I can't wait to hear about the auction!

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  3. Val, I'm so glad I found your blog and had the opportunity to participate in something so wonderful. Thank you.
    When I saw the finished quilt I wanted to give you a big hug, so consider this a virtual one for being the person who put this all together.
    Here's to a successful silent auction.

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  4. it's so beautiful! I am actually tearing up. Thank you so much for the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause. I am sure that it will raise a LOT of money :-D

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  5. I hope you don't mind, but I blogged about the finished quilt.
    http://charlottenewland.blogspot.com/2012/02/charity-quilt.html

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  6. Oh, it looks amazing Val! Tammy's done such a wonderful job with the quilting too.
    Thanks for organising this and putting it all together, Val - you're a star! I was delighted to play a small part and hope the quilt and pillow raise a lot of money for such a great cause.

    (((((HUGS)))))

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  7. Thank you! You did an amazing job planning, organizing and completing. I'm honored to be part of it!

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  8. It is absolutely stunning. Thanks for the opportunity to participate and for your organization of this project.

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  9. superbowl, what what. good one. the quilt is amazeballs, and snaps to Big John on the perfect photos. and to you for making it happen. good work, sista.

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  10. It turned just perfect. Great work putting this together!

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  11. I could cry! This warms my heart. HUGE thank you to you Val for having the vision in the first place!

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  12. Yay! It looks amazing Val! I'm so honored to be a part. :) So glad you took this idea and ran with it.

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  13. I love this, so happy I was able to participate. Can't wait to hear how much it raises and how people react to it at the gala.

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  14. Oh it looks fantastic. What a fab thing you have organised, I was so pleased to get involved. It wouldnt have happened without you though so special thanks go out to you. Fingers crossed it raises lots.

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  15. oh wow, this turned out so amazing! I"m so honored to be a part of it. Fantastic work. Keep us posted on the auction!

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  16. wonderful story...and beautiful quilt

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  17. this is amazing! So beautiful. :)

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  18. lovely. what a great string quilt made by lots of people. would you post a pic and link to your blog over at http://stringthingalong.blogspot.com where a bunch of us are playing with strings? I'll send you an invite if you like.

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  19. Thanks so much, Val, for doing something so amazing. The quilt is BEAUTIFUL, as are you, in all your generosity.

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  20. Beautiful...just beautiful! So glad I "found" you and your blog and I was able to part of this!!!

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  21. Great quilt! I've never done this pattern but my mother went through a phase where she made these a lot. I love the pattern you used for the quilting. Wow. And the back is a great color too!

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