$900 towards Japan Relief Efforts!

I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all that participated and supported my mini auction. Even if you didn’t bid, thank you for reading and spreading the word – it means a lot! I am so happy that this auction was a success, and that it’s going towards such an important cause. You all are the best!

Congratulations to Rebecca from beautiful Hawaii (I’m a tad jealous of the quilt ;)! I will be contacting you shortly via email to arrange shipping and donation details. And I have great news…thanks to my generous in-laws, Rebecca’s donation is being matched by them. And then on top of that, the company I work for will double that total! So the total donation going toward Japan Relief Efforts comes out to $900! Thank you everyone!

On a different note, because of the auction I haven’t blogged in a while so here are a few updates:

I received my latest batch of fabric from Moda! The above collection is called Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda. If you liked the Quilt for Japan design, my next Moda Bakeshop tutorial will be on how to make that quilt. It’s a really simple pattern that applies the ‘stack and whack’ method so there’s no measuring involved – just stack, cut and sew!

As it only requires one layer cake pack to make the quilt top, I will also be hosting another fabric giveaway along with the MBS post, so please stay tuned if you’re interested. 🙂

I’ve been spending so much money on batting that I finally bought myself a jumbo roll. I had to have my husband carry it up to my sewing room. This is Warm and White batting – it’s one of my favorites because it quilts well and it doesn’t shrink as much . My other favorite batting is called Soft and Bright. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’d be more than happy to answer.

Lastly, some of you asked if my faithful furrball, Paige, kept me company as I stayed up until 2 am working on the Quilt for Japan last weekend. She sure did!

Happy Quilting!


6 Responses to $900 towards Japan Relief Efforts!

  1. Rebecca March 27, 2011 at 2:06 am #

    wow, I'm so excited! Thank you for organizing this auction, and I'm so happy to know that $900 in all is going to help relief efforts! AWESOME!!

    Let me know what/where/when to donate, I'm there!

  2. Marilyn March 27, 2011 at 2:51 am #

    Please tell more about the batting. Is there a brand name? what would I ask for at the fabric shop? Love little doggy sitting there watching!! so cute.

  3. Quiltingintherain March 27, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Hi Marilyn – thanks for the question! The two types of batting I would recommend are 1. Warm & White cotton batting and 2. Soft & Bright polyester batting. Both are made by "The Warm Company" and have almost a fleece-like feel to them, making them much easier to work with (i.e. you don't have to deal with uneven batting that bunches while you're machine quilting). Plus both battings quilt really well and in my opinion have a good amount of fluff. Both are needle punched; this makes them a stronger and more even-surfaced batting which helps prevent bunching. Like I mentioned, both are excellent if you plan on machine quilting. However, if you plan on tying a quilt I would suggest a fluffier, high-loft batting. Does this help? Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 -jera

  4. Marilyn March 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    Thanks for the reply. I haven't tried a full fledged quilt yet but I do make bags and other small projects. I'm going to try a quilt ….someday!!!

  5. Anonymous March 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Congrats Rebecca! Thank you for your contribution to this worthy cause and enjoy your quilt. Thank you to Quilting in the Rain, Jera (and Ben) as well as Jera's workplace for sponsoring this event. Our part of the contribution is on its way. Leanne and Brent

  6. Rebecca March 29, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    @ Leanne and Brent, that's awesome what you guys are doing!

    And Jera, just let me know in what pot you'd like me to donate and what to send you as verification. There's a little kid I know who lost a sibling to cancer that I'm going to give this quilt to! I can't wait! 🙂

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