A couple of years ago I had a goal of doing 520 hours of service in a year. I didn’t make it, but it was still awesome. Then I got distracted, and even felt like people thought I was bragging with the hashtag. After reassessing a few things, I’ve decided to return to this idea. I’ll be posting my progress along the way, not as bragging, but more as accountability, but also an easier way to keep track of it myself as well as let others know that I’m available to help if I am able.

What does this mean to you? It means that I am offering up to 10 hours of free quilting each month. No strings attached, but a few rules to keep things fair.

1- Edge-to-edge/panto quilting only. I will show you some options and you can choose which you like best. Once the quilting has begun, you can’t change your mind, so make sure it’s what you want!

2- The Green Apricot/Angela Gubler are not responsible for costs of materials- backing, batting and thread. They either need to be either provided by the client or purchased from TGA.

3- Shipping costs are solely the responsibility of the client.

4- TGA is not responsible for loss or damage to the quilt top or quilted quilt.

5- To submit your quilt for this offer, simply send at least two pictures of the quilt top- one of the whole top and the other a close up, and the measurements of the quilt to thegreenapricot@gmail.com. You do not need to send any info about why you are submitting the quilt. I will respond to let you know if I will be able to schedule your quilt.

6- If I am able to fulfill your request, I will schedule your quilt for quilting, and it is your responsibility to get everything to me by that date. I am using a scheduling system for quilting and have limited time slots available, so you may lose your spot if I do not have everything in hand on time.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful new year, and I hope you are, too!

520 in 2014

I have a tendency to set crazy goals.  I do this for a reason.  They are often almost not attainable, and again, I do this for a reason.  I am competitive.  Not athletic, but competitive.  I want to make the goal, but if it is too easy, it is boring.  So I set my sights pretty high.  One of my goals is to do 520 hours of service in a year.  That’s 10 hours a week.  I’ve never come even close to meeting it, but I know I will one day.  Before I started this project, I was up to 106 hours.  Way behind schedule, but I’m working on it.

2014-05-23 10.46.33Before you think I am terribly altruistic, I must explain that I had some selfish motivations on this particular project.  I wanted something easy to work on for a minute because I get tired when working on big projects and I need a break.  Also, I wanted to test out a couple of things- machine quilting with a new walking foot, using basting spray instead of pins, piecing batting with a fusible tape and making bias binding with a ruler I bought a while back.  All worked out well, and I learned quite a bit.  I’ll expound on the techniques and tools in another post, but for now, here’s the finished quilt…

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Click the pic for more info on Project Linus

This quilt will be donated to a local chapter of Project Linus via the Relief Society at my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  We have a goal of donating 200 blankets and/or quilts by the end of 2014, so I need to get crack-a-lackin’.

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For this sweet quilt, I used the Ziggy Baby pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.  You can click here for a link to the website, which includes info about purchasing patterns.  I like that the site offers the pattern in both a paper and PDF form, so you can click and print for immediate satisfaction!  I also like that this pattern actually is two patterns, one for a chevron style quilt, and the other for a “step” quilt.  Two for the price of one is often a good thing.  Also, this particular quilt came as a kit that I purchased from one of my favorite local quilt shops- Intown Quilters.  You can click here for their website, and I think you will be glad you did!

Well that does it for this edition of 520 in 2014.  Oh, and this quilt took 24 hours from cut to bind, so I am up to 130 hours.  Still lagging a bit, but better than last year at this time-

Want to join me on my journey?  Post on Instagram with the hashtag #520in2014 and let’s see how you are spreading a little kindness in your part of the world!