Saturday, December 29, 2012

Americana House Quilt

Awhile back, I made this pillow front for a display for Furnishing Hope on behalf of The House Quilt Project.  It conveyed to me what Furnishing Hope is all about.

Tania Alexander from Furnishing Hope made my artwork into a pillow. One of the designers, who is preparing an installation for a wounded service member used this pillow as the inspiration for the decor.  I offered to make them an Americana house quilt to go with the pillow.
And I could have asked another artist to make this, but it was really close to Christmas, and really, I wanted to make it myself, since I had made the pillow.  It was my honor to make this for The Linville Family.  It gave me great joy!  "Welcome Home!"

Monday, December 24, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Flag House

Flag House for a Wounded Service Member by Teresa Shippy of Santa Ana, California

detail of painted flag

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Season of Fall

A fall day - patriotic house quilt by Deborah Stanley of Irvine, California, for a Wounded Warrior Person


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Orange County, CA

The Cornerstone came in the mail this past week from Habitat for Humanity Orange County, CA, with a cover story on the most recent home built for the Ibarra Family.  This is near and dear to my heart, because this is how The House Quilt Project got its start, with Habitat for Humanity and Furnishing Hope in 2010. 

And to my surprise, the welcome home house quilt that I made for the Ibarra family, is posted in the newsletter!  Too wonderful for words!  The House Quilt Project is listed as a "Quiet Angel" for Habitat for Humanity OC.

A closer look and I am so pleased to have this house quilt featured in the newsletter. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

THQP Branches Out to Palm Beach, Florida

This is so cool!  Candice Phelan and I met on-line working together on the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Member Survey Committee.

I was so inspired and energized from seeing the House Quilt project on your blog, that I wanted to create something similar in Palm Beach County.  After seeing what you were doing in Orange County, I searched for what other communities were doing, and decided to propose this project to my quilt guild, the Palm Beach County Quilters' Guild.  This Guild is over 25 years old and is associated with NQA, AQS, and the Sunshine State Quilters, and has a long history of community support, including quilts for veterans and others in need, and a lot of outreach to children to introduce them to the art of quilting, so this project seemed like a great match with their goals.  The Guild board agreed and so then I contact Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. 
Habitat for Humanity here was very enthusiastic, and, after we agreed on our process and what we would deliver, we now have an official partnership and the project is called the "Welcome Home" project of the Palm Beach County Quilters' Guild and Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach.  The Welcome Home project will begin just before the new year and will celebrate the achievement of Habitat for Humanity's new homeowners with a colorful, personalized home-themed wall-quilt for 20 - 25 families a year.  The quilt-maker and Guild leaders will present the signed wall-hangings at each home dedication ceremony.  The  wall-hangings will all have different designs - from traditional to contemporary - but all will use "home" as the theme.
The Guild will demonstrate making these wall-hangings at our large South Florida Fair activity center in February. I, particularly, want to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate art-quilting because most people who visit the activity center think only of traditional quilt making, so I will have a free-motion quilting set-up, at least six or so fused tops to thread-paint and then quilt, and several finished ones on display.  Our activity center, where we unveil our 27th annual Fair Quilt, also demonstrate hand- and machine-quilting techniques, offer our Children's Corner "quilt-making" activity for hundreds of children, and display this year's beautiful opportunity quilt.
This partnership developed because of your generous sharing on your blog.  Thank you for being the catalyst and I hope it is just the beginning of many years of supporting our community. 
Thanks again!

Candice Phelan

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Where Eagles Soar

Our first patriotic house quilt with an eagle on it.  So great!  This is made by Janice Paine-Dawes of Lakeview, AR

Detail of the side with the American flag.  Janice's husband is retired Army and her middle son is a West Point graduate.  With her military connection, she feels strongly about projects like this.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Country House

A mother-daughter project with Judy Warner of Victor, NY and her daughter Jaye.  While Judy was visiting her daughter, who is a relatively new quilter, they used her newly acquired stash for this house quilt.  When Judy returned home to NY, she finished quilting it.

 This is so charming, with the details in the upstairs windows and the cat who watches over.  Judy and Jaye hope that the recipient of this patriotic house quilt has many happy years in their new home. Thank you for your service to our country.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sunshine Cottage

Sunshine Cottage by Susan Grancio of Reistertown, MD.  This is Susan's second contribution to this project for a wounded service person.

Detail.  You can view Susan's other work on her website

Monday, September 10, 2012

Simple Pleasures

Sweet house made by Kathyn Watson of Catonsville, Maryland

Detail of hand embroidered flowers

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Red and Wonderful!

Big red house by Bette Delman of West Hills, CA

and a little frog on the lawn, for extra fun!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Westside Quilters of Los Angeles

Westside Quilters of Los Angeles have added The House Quilt Project to their philanthropy list.  See the description here.  Great for the project, and fabulous for the recipients.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Article about Furnishing Hope in OC Register

A very nice article about Beth Phillips and Furnishing Hope.  I have had the pleasure to work with her since The House Quilt Project began.  This is the organization that takes our patriotic house quilts to wounded service people.   

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Patriotic House all the way around

Red, white and blue house made by Gerrie Congdon of Portland, Oregon.  You can see more of her work on her website

Monday, July 23, 2012

From Sea to Shining Sea

Stunning patriotic house quilt for a Wounded Service Member by Beth Shibley of Los Alamitos, California.

beautiful hand stitching!  Please visit Beth's blog

Saturday, July 21, 2012

We're Branching Out

I am happy to announce that The House Quilt Project is branching out to include Army and Navy.  Instead of using the name "Wounded Warrior Battalion" which was specific to Marines, we will be making patriotic house quilts for a "Wounded Service Member."

Furnishing Hope
Each recipient of an interior designed and furnished home by Furnishing Hope is referred by a partnering non-profit or Military Family Readiness Officer.  Furnishing Hope does not provide the housing; we transform houses into homes with the help of professional interior designers, who volunteer their time.   Recipients keep all the furniture and accessories we place in their new home.
Volunteer designers and teams of volunteers:
  • Design an interior for one of our recipients and their family from their style tastes.
  • Select furniture from the Furnishing Hope warehouse and Living Spaces showrooms.
  • Use their talents, friends and resources to fill the hopes and dreams of the family.
  • Install the project in one day, usually within a few hours.
  • Meet the family as they are shown their furnished home.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Farm House

Patriotic "Welcome Home" house quilt for the Wounded Warrior Battalion by Julie Schlueter of Orange, California.  You can view Julie's blog here

Friday, July 13, 2012

Habitat for Humanity - Orange County, CA

one house quilt at a time - for Habitat for Humanity - Orange County, CA; made by Jamie Fingal for a family in Santa Ana 'Welcome Home'

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Country House Quilt

Country House Quilt made by Barb Williamson of Paradise, California.  The piece has beautiful hand work nestled in the landscape.  You can view her other work

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Call for Patriotic House Quilts

The House Quilt Project is looking for more people to make patriotic house quilts. 

(above - by Sally Gould Wright)

12" wide by 16" high - vertical format, and must have a house and an American flag on it.

It's a pretty easy size to create.

In the upper tool bar, there are instructions for making the wall quilts, pop tops for easy hanging, and label information, plus where to ship.

made by Jeannie Palmer Moore

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Furnishing Hope

Hope House; pillow front made by Jamie Fingal,  for a display all about the amazing work that Furnishing Hope provides for the Wounded Warrior Battalion. 

Window display in Fleur De Lys in Costa Mesa, California.  They will have a shopping day on Saturday, March 24th, where 10% of the proceeds will go to Furnishing Hope. Here's the scoop!  If the 24th doesn't work for you, shop anytime this month and mention "Furnishing Hope" at the time of purchase.

Store front - Fleur De Lys, 369 E. 17th Street #14, Costa Mesa, CA 92627  in Westport Plaza; it is a wonderful store with great accessories for your house, as well as, aprons, amazing jewelry and more!  Check out their website

Another View of the Display

Hope House pillow.  Tania Alexander finished my house quilt into a wonderful pillow!  I love it!
Detail of Hope House
Detail of the sky and vine

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Sunny House

Sunny house quilt made by Roberta Walley, who is the co-program chair for the Westside Quilters of Los Angeles.  This is for Wounded Warrior Battalion.  There is a very nice write up in their newsletter promoting The House Quilt Project.  Thank you Westside Quilters!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Paradise Conch House

Paradise Conch House by quilt artist Cheryl Lynch from Broomall, PA; you can see her other work on her blog

Great palm tree!

Regional architecture provides lots of inspiration for my quilts. I hope this little colorful house, inspired by the conch houses of Key West, brings a smile to the face of a brave hero.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Heart House

Made by Robin Koehler, from Tarpon Springs, Florida.  When the world is upside down, there is no cliche to "Home is where the Heart is" for the military families who keep a strong  home base no matter where in the world it is!  Thank you to the active duty and the families for their sacrifices.  It is an honor to give this small bit of myself to you!
Detail.  You can view Robin's work at

Friday, February 3, 2012

Country House

Made by Susan Grancio, from Reistertown, MD.  I like to participate in challenges as they get me to think in new ways. The House Quilt Project attracted my interest because the theme, while specific was also totally wide open. The small and specific size was very attractive, as the design and construction did not require a huge amount of time or materials. The bonus is that the quilts are going to such an excellent cause. I enjoyed making this quilt and have several ideas for other houses that I will tackle when we get home from San Diego – a month in sunny warm weather is a good thing, but no machine, fabrics or tools not so much!
detail; her website

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blue House Charmer!

Made by Kathleen Murphy of Mendon, MA.  "When I read about the House Quilt Project I thought it was a wonderful effort! With every decision I made, designing the quilt I thought of the recipient, a Wounded American Soldier. I hope this little bit of art will bring a smile to their face."

Detail;  Visit Kathleen's blog