Charity quilt for child in hospital – this little boy loves the Cardinals!

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This quilt was certainly made with a lot of love. We used a Cardinals t-shirt purchased at Walmart as we couldn’t find any St Louis Cardinals fabric to use. Walmart also had the perfect red, blue and yellow fabric to go with the red shirting material with logo. We strip quilted the quilt and purchased stabilizer to iron on the back of the shirt that we had to carefully cut open on the seams to use for the quilt. Fortunately, there was a quilt shop having a sale of 40% off in town so we got the stabilizer there.

When the patchwork quilt was pieced, we added the patient’s name in applique on the top of the quilt. Everyone is so excited to see the quilt done and donated to this darling little boy. He has had many many operations in his short lifetime and is always cheery and fun to be around. What a good example to the rest of us, eh?!

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You can see the Cardinals tied polar fleece blanket and the cardinals quilt under that on top of our donations of quilts, etc going into the hospital.  There were a lot of happy children when the donations were given out!

Crochet Ideas – working on fundraisers and donations

This is a super idea to handle all the leftover skeins and bits of yarn from leftover projects and also when you find bags of the nicest yarn remnants at garage sales or flea markets.  Children (and adults) love the scrappy afghans.

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Turning scraps into fun afghans.

The pattern is quick and easy.  Chain a row the size of the afghan you want to make.

  • Crib: 45 by 60 inches
  • Twin: 66 by 90 inches – the twin size quilts we are making are approx 70 to 75″ x  90″ – the extra inches allow for more cuddle room side to side for children in body casts.
  • Double: 80 by 90 inches
  • Queen: 90 by 90 to 100 inches
  • King: 108 by 90 to 100 inches

After you have chained your first row, insert hook into the third stitch from hook, under the two upper strands and make a dc.  Skip one stitch and make 2 double crochet stitches in the next stitch.  Do this until the end of the row.  In other words – instead of making a dc in each stitch, you are making 2 dc in a stitch, skipping the next stitch and then doing 2 dc in the next stitch.

This is the pattern for the entire afghan.  Use a large hook and keep your stitches uniform and loose.  When changing color, either make a square knot or tie both ends together by making a loop, passing the ends through the loop, and pulling it tight to make a knot. Leave an inch of ends when you change colors to make the afghan even scrappier – see the picture.

This type of afghan crochets up very quickly and is a lot of fun to do.  When you are done, put your afghan (or afghans) in a box and send them to:

Relief Share
6078 Lundy Rd
Houston, MO 665483-2225

Please include a note in the box with your name and address so we can send you a thank you letter/tax deductible receipt.

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Snuggle blanket from scrap yarn.

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Happy colors make for happy kids.

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Look what a difference a bit of eyelash yarn can make.

If you don’t have time to make the afghans – please send your yarn skeins and scraps to us and our volunteers will be happy to crochet them up into bundles of love.

Hugs,
Carol Green
President/Relief Share