Re-purposing for a Purpose


December 2015

After three years of making quankets, the scraps of fleece were starting to overflow – 2 bins to be exact! I needed to get things under control and decided to re-purpose the scraps into fleece beanie caps to donate to patients undergoing chemo therapy. Since the scraps were varying sizes, I made caps in all different sizes, and as you can see, in all different colors.

So, how many beanies do you think I was able to make? Here is some info to help you in your guess:

  • Over the past three years, I have made 63 quankets – 6 for friends and family and 57 to donate to foster kids. While I oftentimes have scrap fleece when making a quanket, it usually isn’t a big enough scrap to yield a hat.
  • The size of the basket they are in is approx. 24″L x 16″W x 9″H.
  • There are two layers of hats in the basket.
  • I have been working on this particular project for about two weeks now, spending a couple hours each day on them (minus Christmas weekend).

I would love to see your guesses in the comments section! I will post the actual number of beanies that were made in my next post – so stay tuned! Also, if anyone is interested in how to make these, drop me a note in the comments section, and I will send you my pattern.

Lastly, happy New Year to everyone that stops by to read my blog. Your visits and comments mean a lot to me, and inspire me to continue on this journey.


My Favorites from 2015

As 2015 winds down to an end, I am pleased to have donated a total of 19 quilts to foster kids this year, and each done in a different design! Choosing my 5 favorites is difficult, but here they are, in no particular order:

Flower Power – August 2015
Star surround quilt

Marigolds – November 2015
medallion quilt

Papa Bear – December 2015
bear paw quilt

Flamingo Floyd – May 2015
charity quilt

Celebration – March 2015
bricks and stepping stones quilt

Papa Bear

bear paw quilt

Papa Bear
December 2015

I recently read a quilter’s comment that there are “so many quilts to try and so little time“, which I can totally relate to! Papa Bear marks my 57th quilt donation – not counting the numerous family and friends quilts I have made over the years – and this is the first time I have done a Bear’s Paw quilt design.

The inspiration for the name and color palette came from a family trip to Big Bear over the Thanksgiving holiday: the crisp blue sky, the evergreen pine trees and the snow that fell all day on Friday. Living in Southern California, it is a treat to be able to drive only a few hours and to enjoy a few days in the snow. Yes, we are spoiled. The majority of the fabrics were pulled from my scraps bin and represent too many past projects and pieces of the past to list here. Overall, there is a lot of good mojo that is at work in this quilt!

This quanket, along with Baby Bear and Mama Bear are being donated via the Hands2Help Challenge 2016 and will go to the Yukon Women’s Transition Home in Whitehorse, Yukon. I am inspired by these words on their website, “Kids deserve to feel safe“. These are words that fuel me to make and donate quilts for kids.

Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge

Quilting is more fun than Housework