Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quiltsy Cares: Lauren Krueger of CactusPenguin

Today’s featured Quiltsy member is Lauren Krueger of CactusPenguin. Lauren lives in Sun Lakes, AZ, and the charity she is donating to is the Gilbert Fire Department Station No. 1. 

Why is your charity special to you?
Several years ago, I witnessed a fatal accident of a mom driving her children. The emergency crew had nothing to wrap the kids in except a tarp. Every year, I donate at least one comfort quilt to a fire department.

What did you donate and any special details about it?
This year, I have made two flannel rag child quilts in bright colors.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My shop is CactusPenguin, named so for the blend of midwest where I grew up, and Arizona where I live now. I live in Sun Lakes, a wonderful community in the East Valley of Phoenix.

I have sewn since I was 6, but only started quilting about 15 years ago. I enjoy sewing quilts so much more than garments, but my favorite fabrics are holiday prints, especially Christmas and patriotic themes.

How long have you been a member of the Quiltsy Team?
I joined the Quiltsy team almost 3 years ago and have made some wonderful online friends. Many of us try and schedule meet-ups when we are traveling to another Quiltsy's home town.

For this month's blog features, Quiltsy team members signed up for a date to donate their quilts; other team members volunteered to write the blog posts. I want to thank all the team members who participated this year. This team is great!

Written by Pam Geisel of For Quilts Sake, Quiltsy Team member since Dec 2007.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Quiltsy Cares: Jane Weier of Mulberry Patch Quilts

Jane Weier
Mulberry Patch Quilts
Mulberry Patch Quilts Blog

Jane Weier (Mulberry Patch Quilts ) has chosen to make six preemie quilts and four matching knitted hats for her favorite local charity, Mikayla’s Grace .  This organization, begun by Mike & Melissa Terrill of McFarland, WI, supports families with a baby in the NICU (neonatal ICU) and those who experience the death of an infant at hospitals in Wisconsin by providing NICU care packages and angel memory boxes that offer both practical and emotional support for the parents.

The small quilts were made in pairs using 100% cotton fabrics for the pieced fronts, and soft cotton flannel for the backings.  The knitted preemie hats have a heart pattern knitted into each one. 


Jane first learned about quilting while making a baby quilt for her first-born child.  That was over 35 years ago, and she still loves the process.  “There’s always something new to explore—a new pattern, a new technique I can’t wait to try; and I’ve expanded to make original art quilts, and learning to dye & paint on my fabrics.”  Mulberry Patch Quilts opened on Etsy in September of 2012—not long after Jane retired and was able to give the shop the time and energy it deserved.  She enjoys making smaller quilts (baby & lap quilts), but you can find wall hangings, art quilts, purses, and home décor items in her shop as well.  

“I joined the Quiltsy Team at the end of 2013, and am so glad I did.  We’re like a virtual quilting bee--sharing ideas (and our lives) with each other.  I love being part of this wonderful team!  It’s a great group of encouraging, caring quilters.”

Besides making small quilts for Mikayla’s Grace, she donates a portion of her profits from the shop to other worthy causes (such as World Vision and the Salvation Army).  

Be sure to stop at her shop:
Or see the process of making her quilts at her blog:
Or “like” Mulberry Patch Quilts on Facebook:

Guest Blogger
Carol Ann Johnston

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quiltsy Cares Christine Vinh of StitchesnQuilts

Today's Quiltsy Cares team member in the spotlight is Christine Vinh of StitchesnQuilts. Christine donated a lap quilt to Shawl Ministry at the Cancer Institute of MedStar Washington Hospital Center at

When asked why is this charity special to her, her answer was "I have partnered with the Cancer Institute first on a quilt project, Common Threads: Healing Hands and Hearts, and then with the Shawl Ministry.  We accept shawls, lap afghans, and lap quilts which are then available for selection by cancer patients as they begin their treatment.  There is a virtual community who donate items, including my local guild, Arlington Quilters Unlimited who chose this as their charity for two years.  There is also a monthly Sit, Knit and Crochet group that meets at the hospital.  The group includes volunteers, staff, and patients and over the years has become a support group for many of the participants.  Several started after receiving a shawl as a patient and joined so they could give back.  Right now we have a few members who still come to the meetings though they can no longer participate as they near the end of their own life".  

Christine donated a lap quilt this month which is a strip quilt using African fabrics.  A large portion of the patient population is African American so it is fitting to honor their heritage.  The quilt she donated last year, instead of going to a patient, now hangs in the new infusion center for all to see.

About Christine and her shop – I worked at the hospital for 35 years moving from nursing to hospital administration.  When I left, I reactivated my right brain and spend my time with fiber – fabric and yarn.  I love color and texture and the small art quilts and hand knit items I sell reflect that passion.

Christine lives in Arlington, VA, and has been quilting since 1983. She has been a Quiltsy Team member for 5 years. Her favorite thing to make in her Etsy Shop is the small quilts that also include hand stitching.

Here are two more pictures of quilts donated including some from her quilt guild:

Written by Pat Young of PatsPassionQuilteds, Quiltsy Team member since May 2011.