Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Happy Birthday Paula!

Back in February the quilt world lost a kind and giving spirit, Paula Budinger. Today would have been her 79th birthday. Cyber friends of hers have organized a posthumus birthday party in the form of a virtual quilt show and blog hop in her honor. I'm delighted to be participating. 😊

I got to know Paula through the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. We were both actively using our scraps per the monthly color cues for a few years. Paula continued on after I slacked off. As with most things, one quilter inspired another. It was Paula's little boat blocks that got me started making my 6" Ships.


Paula collected vintage doll quilts and sometimes shared what she knew about them on her blog. Mostly her blog posts were about the blocks she was making in conjunction with the RSC or little quilts she might be putting together to donate to Project Linus and others. In her honor I've assembled some postage stamp stars I made for the RSC into this child's quilt:


I've also made a couple of small quilts that will be donated through the Hands2Help quilt drive this year. I believe Paula also participated in H2H. This first one will be going to the Little Lambs Foundation.

The binding is in place but still needs to be sewn down.

This one will be donated to a child in Foster Care.


Janice has organized this quilt show and blog hop. "Door prizes" (birthday presents? 😉) have also been donated! For each comment you leave on any of the participating blogs between now and 15 May your name will be entered in a drawing for one of the prizes. Unfortunately, overseas commenters will only qualify for gift certificates or pattern prizes due to the cost of postage.

Here's the list of blogs posting today:

These bloggers will be posting on Thursday, 7 May:

And these ladies will post on Friday, 8 May:

These are the gifts that have been donated:
Lorna, Sew Fresh Quilts, $50 gift certificate for her pattern shop.
Yvonne Quilting Jetgirl, 2 PDF patterns of choice.
Bernie Needle and Foot, $25 certificate for her shop.
A fat quarter bundle from Figo Fabrics
A set of quilty gift cards from Initial Thought by DMF  Note cards set 1
A pattern of choice from Karen, Sugar Free Quilts
A $30 gift certificate for Doris, Cactus Queen Quilt Co
A PDF pattern of choice from Joanne, www.etsy.com/shop/CanuckQuilterDesigns
$25 gift certificate courtesy of Janice to Fat Quarter Shop

Paula was a very special lady, a nurse before she retired and one who continued to seek out ways to help others ever after. I'm sure she is dearly missed. Her good works are not forgotten. 

50 comments:

  1. I love how bright and happy all your quilts are! Paula would have loved them :)

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  2. Your quilts are so colorful and bright. Some child is going to be lucky to have one and cherish it for a long time!
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  3. Great quilts for great causes!

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  4. I love each one of those quilts! A sail boat quilt in the near future for me, but I have to finish quilting a couple others before I let myself move on;0)

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  5. love the sale boats quilt , would be great for any boy

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  6. Beautiful cheery quilts!! Enjoy your day!! 🌞🌻🦋 angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  7. Oh, the sail boat quilt is terrific! I really like the variety in its design. And the postage stamps and stars is a delicious assortment of colors.

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  8. Loqqvely way to honor Paula. Thank you!

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  9. I absolutely LOVE the way you turned your post into a party!! I'm pretty sure that Paula would have liked that very much. Such a wonderful rainbow quilt to donate along with the other two sweet quilt!

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  10. All of them are so beautiful. I especially love the postage stamp stars. What a lovely way to honor and celebrate Paula.

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  11. Cute quilts! I love the sailboats!

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  12. What wonderful children’s quilts, I wouldn’t know which one to choose, so bright and cheerful, Paula would love them, she loved bright colours. Thank you so much for participating, Paula would have loved it.

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  13. Beautiful quilts. So sorry about Paula.

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  14. Beautiful quilts! I especially love the first one, with all the bright colors. A lovely addition to Paula's legacy.

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  15. Beautiful quilts and a heartfelt tribute.

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  16. Beautiful quilts that are a beautiful tribute to Paula and her generous spirit! Three lucky ones to receive some comfort from your lovely quilts!

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  17. What darling quilts you've made! Those ships are really cute.
    I wish I had known Paula to ask her about my Granny's quilts. I never asked Granny any questions about quilting - what a missed opportunity! I loved your post and thank you for more information about Paula. I incorporated some facts that I read about Paula into my post, but I loved your post with your more personal knowledge about her.

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  18. Such beautiful quilts! I love them all, especially the first.

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  19. Joyful quilts in tribute to Paula!

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  20. Rainbow stars is so pretty! And two more quilts, what a great tribute!

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  21. You made so many beauties. It's hard to choose my favorite but they all honor Paula so well. I never knew her but am learning so much about her from all the posts, especially yours'.

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  22. Your colorful quilts will be cheer to those who receive them and are a wonderful way to remember a generous and prolific quilter.

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  23. You've made three wonderful quilts! Those postage stamp stars are amazing. Thanks for honoring Paula with your generosity!

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  24. Such beauties. She will be missed by so many.

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  25. Lo ve those postage stamp stars, great colours!!

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  26. Love the little boats and how you've incorporated them into the quilts. Loads of love to honor Paula's memory. Very sweet!

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  27. LOVE the first sail boat quilt the most. Happy heavenly birthday to Paula!

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  28. Your quilts are beautiful and will definitely bring comfort to children in need. Thanks!

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  29. The recipients of these quilts will love them! Each quilt is lovely! I really like the stars and the sailboats.

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  30. She sounds like a great lady. I read her blogs periodically and enjoyed them. Your quilts are wonderful!

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  31. What wonderful quilts to honor your memories of Paula and her legacy! She would be delighted with the cheerful colors and patterns, and I'm sure very happy to know that she inspired you to make little boat blocks. She was such a sweet blogger. I miss her posts and comments.

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  32. Love the sailboat blocks--I can see how that would inspire some quilty fun.

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  33. Thanks for sharing your stories of Paula and her projects. The variety and colour of your very different projects is sure to bring much comfort and warmth. They are all lovely.

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  34. Thank you for sharing your quilts. Gives me some ideas on the baby quilts I am making.

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  35. I love a quilt that uses color so well and lets my eye wander all over it...yours do both in great ways! Your quilts will be treasured, for sure and Paula would be so proud!

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  36. All of your quilts are wonderful. I love the colors and variety that you have put into each one! All of my family loves boating so I particularly love that one! Thanks for honoring Paula in such a lovely way!

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  37. Good works live on after us, especially in the influence we have on others. Sounds as if she was a wonderful influence for good, both in works and in imagination.

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  38. So many lovely quilts! Love those bright blocks!

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  39. Love the variety of colorful special quilts for various charities. They are a blessing and wonderful tribute to Paula. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Your quilt is a wonderful quilt to donate to foster kids. That is a charity that I would choose, also. I may try to join this blog hop next year if it is still happening, as Kate indicated.

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  41. Sue, you have outdone yourself! I could see the parts department hard at work! What wonderful quilts for these charities, and a great tribute to Paula. Thanks for sharing what you've done. I'm trying to get around to all the blogs and feel bad about not being over here lately. It's that kind of life right now. I HAD to get here today, and I'm so glad I did!

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  42. Love your postage stamps stars! Thanks for sharing all of these great quilts for donation

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  43. Love your quilt parade! Such sweet quilts that will bring so much comfort and joy. A friend that I quilt with was a recipient of a quilt when she "aged out" of the Foster program and she cherished (still) that quilt. Thank you for honoring Paula B.

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  44. Love your quilts. What a great way to honor Paula! Right now I have taken a break in my mask making and am making a skinny twin sized quilt which is this year's guild project to all some color to their sterile space. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  45. your quilts are gorgeous, thank you for sharing and donating them.

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  46. I admired all your quilts but particularly the one in the final photo - so beautiful! Thank you for inviting us to visit (from one Magpie to another!!).

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  47. Oh my goodness, I love ALL the quilts you made! Such fun and happy colors! Thank you so much for your fun and happy participation in this memorial for Paula. Your post was a fun read!

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  48. You have been busy. What fortunate recipients to get your quilts. Paula was an inspiration for sure. plenty of mangoes (at) g mail (dot) com

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  49. What a lovely thing to do, to make a quilt for a child in foster care. That is the kind of quilty gift that will never be forgotten--the perfect way to carry on the legacy of such a charitable quilter.

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