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This is a blog to show off my needlework, mainly crazy quilting, beading and crochet. It makes me happy to create these things and even more happy to share the fun with friends. Pictures of my beading projects are at

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Annual Donation Blocks

Each year Kate Hollifield collects crazy quilt blocks to auction during the Crazy Quilt Society Retreat in Omaha to benefit breast cancer research and build the scholarship fund for the retreat. I've sent a block every year, this is the eleventh, I think. This year I sent two, because the first was only partly my work. It was built on a piece I received years ago in a swap from Dorothy Matheson of Austin, Texas. It was a square of luscious, bright aqua blue fabric with an interesting piece of wide lace across it picturing a neighborhood of houses and trees. She embellished the lace with silk ribbon embroidery. I added fabrics and embellishment for the donation block.
I built the second donation block around a piece of crochet I did some time ago in greens. I had great fun using tall stacks of silver beads for hair around a metal face bead on this one.
Kate and Mona in Minnesota assemble several quilts from all the donated blocks in the weeks before the July retreat. Many thanks are due them.
I've never attended the retreat, but enjoy the vib through reports on the Crazy Quilt listserv at Kate posts pictures of the blocks as she receives them on her eboard site. They are all six and a half inch blocks and must be in jewel tones or monotone.