The Sisters of the Heart

By Dorothy LaVonne Mitchell (LaVonne) on May 3, 2012

In 2010 the ladies of Crafty Cubit, which is owned by Linda Cartwright aka tater55, officially became a cohesive group of quilters under the name of Sisters of the Heart. Come, read and learn about us and perhaps you will join us.

SISTERS OF THE HEART

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Here on cubits there is a group of ladies who call themselves and rightly so, Sisters of the Heart.

You can find them most any time sitting around the Quilting Circle chatting, sharing and learning. Some have quilted for years, there are those who are new and then there are those who want to learn.

The Sisters of the Heart began, officially, in the Winter of 2010. At that time they were planning for the Spring 2012 March Madness quilt. A quilt for charity is done about every four months. In between, they take on other projects for members and friends.

Let me introduce you to some of the ladies. First we have tater55 aka Linda Cartwright, the owner of A Crafty Cubit. She has been fortunate to surround herself with some very talented and generous ladies. Next we have Seray who uses her skill to put the blocks made by other members together and quilt the quilt so that it is finished. Also lending their talents are Aguane (Susie in Arizona), barefootT (Thunder) just to name a few.

Tallulah_b aka Susan from Calgary, Alberta, Canada reminds me that our first quilt was in the planning stages Oct. 4, 2010. After much discussion we came together and chose how our project would be made. It was finished at the beginning of the Holiday season of Thanksgiving and Dec. 20th. Denimangle aka Cheryl elected to find our quilt a home and on Dec. 21st, she posted: ok everyone should be happy to know the quilt has found a home and will be presented on Thursday at 9am at the VA center in Palestine (near where she lives). As of yet I do not know the name of the person getting the quilt as the girls at the VA can't give out that information but I will meet him at 9am.

Our recipient of our Winter Wonderland 2010 quilt was Mr. Pate, who is a WWII Veteran. She told us he was really surprised to receive the quilt. Let's let Denimangle tell us about the meeting:

Here is Denimangle explaining the quilt to Mr. Pate.

 

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Here the quilt is being shown to others who stopped by to see what was going on.

 

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We really surprised him as he was waiting to see the Doctor.  After a few posts in our chat room she posted: We just ambushed Mr. Pate during his Dr.'s visit. He is a very sweet man, not a big talker although a bit overwhelmed I think.  We didn't have a very long time to visit with him as the Dr. was waiting. but I will talk to the ladies in the office on DH's next visit.  They know him much better and I bet they talked him up after we left.  I will get the low down.  Mr. Pate did say he really needed the quilt to help him stay warm.

Before the chat was over about Mr. Pate, the members who were involved in making the blocks and all the loving hands that saw this project to its fruition were given love and hugs from everyone.

It seemed that the time had come for our group to have a special name and Mekos aka Jan suggested The Cubiteer Quilters in her post of Dec. 22 and on Dec. 24th Siliolegma aka Karen posted "A very Merry Christmas to all my sisters of the heart. Don't know what I would have done this past year without you and DG.  May we all have a healthy New Year."  In her post of of Dec. 24th posted: That is what we should name this group!  SISTERS OF THE HEART!!!  That is my vote."  Everyone agreed and so THE SISTERS OF THE HEART WAS BORN.

Over the Christmas Holidays, our thoughts and energies turned to celebrating with family.  Most of us awakened to a White Christmas and others to a wet, cold rain, but the warmth of our families, both personal and on Cubits, all enjoyed the Winter Season.  Many of us had sewn lap robes and quilts for family gifts and others completed other seasonal projects.

Jan. 2, 2011 found us beginning to think of our next project. Ideas were exchanged and the chats reunited many who had been absent and we all shared our past holiday cheer.

A little note about our holiday cheer...should you drop in for a visit don't be surprised if we are serving up a virtual party, brunch or an after dinner decadent dessert.  The wonderful part of these virtual encounters is there's no need to worry about getting innebrated, consuming too many calories, or putting on those sneaky pounds. Just pick up a mojito and join in the fun.

Our next Quilt project was March 2011 Madness which we began on or about Jan. 11th. We all began choosing our block pattern with Spring in mind and signed up on the block list. Once each of us had decided on our pattern we began cutting and sewing our block, then mailing them to the Sister who would sew them together and add the batting and back then quilt the finished project, all so it could go to a new home. 

During the March Madness project we had a request to make or purchase a stuffed animal that would be given to traumatized or ill children in the hospital. So some of us started up the Stuffed Bear Project forum put out the call to everyone who sewed to come and make these bears and other animals. We did this while we were finishing our blocks, preparing our gardens for Spring planting and dealing with various family crises'.  As always we were busy beyond belief.  

Our Spring quilt went to Shirley whose husband was a member of the other room and cubits and had lost his battle with Cancer.

We finished 2011 with the completion of our Winter Wonderland Quilt

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The season changed once again and so did our quilt project.  Some Sisters had mentioned how nice it would be to have a SOTH quilt label to go on each of our charity quilts.  Designs we asked for and the Sisters, once again, showed just how creative they could be. Though there were many creative posts of these designs there was one that stood out and won the contest hands down.  It was created and posted by barefootT aka Thunder.

This is the winning creation for our label.

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2012 has found us doing several projects at the same time.  Little Mug Rugs, cup/mug blocks for a quilt for each of those participating, A charity quilt for Re-horse Rescue Ranch.  This quilt will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the Ranch to help feed and care for horses that are rescued from inhumane conditions. We sent fabric to quilter5 so she could put a quilt together for a woman and a friend of quilter5 who had lost her 21 y/o daughter to a horrid attack.  A Spring Charity quilt using the strip method put together by tater55 after 19 of us signed up and sent her "jelly rolls" and it was finished 5/2/12 and will be presented to the VFW there in Del Rio, Texas.

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This is the Strip for Spring 2012 quilt.

Tallulah_B aka Susan MacKinzie of Calgery, Alberta, Canada started a Round Robin and that is getting underway.

See what I mean about us all being so busy?  We are always answering the call for another Charity quilt or one for a Sister who needs to wrap up in our warmth and love.  I believe that my Sisters have never heard the word "NO" and I pray they never will.

What would I like for 2012? I would like to see us grow more.  Never can have enough sewers and quilters. So if you sew, want to learn to quilt, have begun to learn to quilt or if you would like to learn, come on over to Crafty Cubit/Sisters of the Heart and introduce yourself. We'd love to have you join us.

Related articles:
charity quilts, Heart, quilting, Sisters

About Dorothy LaVonne Mitchell
I could give you a sheet full of statistics but to be more appropriate let me keep it short.
I am a long time craft person. I learned to sew in high school and made some of my clothes. Over the years I learned to do various jewelry making and lapidary. I went rock hounding and turned many of my finds into jewelry. I discovered the fun of making quilts when I was 25 and later was encouraged by my sister Marti to make a pieced quilt. From that time on I have been hooked.

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Great Article! Tallulah_B May 7, 2012 10:15 PM 23
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