Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MOVEMENT: Blankets and Beanies For Sandy Victims

Hey Everyone! This is a special post so listen up!

Our Goal: To Comfort Sandy’s Kids with 10,000 blankets and beanies for the families displaced by hurricane Sandy by Dec. 15th!

Join us in helping these families by sending them homemade or purchased blankets to help comfort and keep them warm as they rebuild and start the winter. 

What you do: 

1) Make or purchase a blanket or beanie. 
       If you would like to make them, below are some links to find some fun and easy ways to make a comfy blanket and a warm beanie.

2) Write a note - 
      Write a quick note to the family that will receive your blanket 
and/or beanie. If you want, you can also attach a picture of you and those who helped you.

3) Mail your blanket/beanie to one of these several locations:

Comfort Sandy's Kids
52 Featherbed Lane
Flemington, NJ 08822

Comfort Sandy's Kids
3917 E. Des Moines St.
Mesa, Az 85205

Comfort Sandy's Kids
343 W. 300 N. #4
Provo, Utah 84601

Comfort Sandy's Kids
54 Maplewood st.
Watertown, MA 02472

4) Continue to pray for all of those families who are displaced from the devastation of hurricane Sandy. And get your families, communities, and schools involved in helping us comfort SandyĆ­s Kids!

So here are some tutorials to help you as you help others! 
We made our own plus found a bunch of links to other quilting and crafty blogs in case you want to get really crazy. 

Remember, we would love all kinds of blankets, including big ones, small ones, quilted, tied, or fleece. Anything to help our fellow americans stay warm and feel your love. *But please no used 
blankets or beanies, only homemade or newly purchased

 Blankets range from 54x60 for the fleece and 54x36 for cotton
Blankets can cost from $10 - $20 depending on where you get your fabric. The fleece I just bought at JoAnn’s fabrics was 50% off @ 12.99/yd. so I paid just at $10 per blanket.
My cotton blankets are made from fabric purchased at Wal-Mart they have lots of cute fun prints at very reasonable prices.

Fleece Blankets

1-½ yds. Fleece
Make sure your edges are all nice and straight.  Cutting off all rough edges and salvages. 
There are lots of ways now to do your ends. You can tie all 4 sides of your blanket or you can choose to only tie 2 ends.  Cut 4 inch fringe about 1 inch think on each side you plan on tying. 



Tie each individual fringe by itself.
Or: tie two pieces of fringe together in a square knot. 
(right over left and left over right – so that when it is washed the knot will stay.)

Either method is cute and fun.  You can also find great tutorials on how to sew 2 pieces of fleece together to make a thicker blanket.

Super easy Cotton tied blankets
1 ½ yd. cotton print
1 ½ yd. cotton solid
crib size batting
Quilting needle
Wash and dry fabric (to prevent shrinking after blanket is made.)
On a flat surface lay the back side of your fabric with right side up.  Next layer on top of that your top layer of fabric with right side down. On top of that lay out your batting, pin all three layers together.
Trim all three layers so your edges are all straight and even.  Can use a straight edge and rotary blade if you have one.
Trim all three layers so your edges are all straight and even.  Can use a straight edge and rotary blade if you have one.
Sew all three layers together leaving a 5 inch opening on one side.  Remove pins
Turn blanket inside out.  
Your batting should be in between your fabric now with the right sides of your fabric facing out.  
Be sure to push out each corner from inside so you have nice defined corners.  
Sew up your 5 inch opening carefully on the machine or by hand. 
Be sure your fabric is tucked inside along that seam.

Time to tie your quilt!

Begin by marking your quilt with a 5x5 template. (I cheat and usually just stitch according to the pattern on the print.) The purposes of the ties are to keep the fabric together and the batting in place.  In the blanket shown we tied in the middle of every other fish, skipped two rows of fish and started again.  Use your best judgment and just make if fun, cute and consistent.

Thread your quilting needle with about a yard of yarn, pulling your yarn through until both ends of the yarn are even.  Make a small stitch at your first marking, making sure you go all the way through both fabrics.  Pull your yarn completely through until you have 3 inches left on the end. 
Next there are several ways you can tie your yarn.  The most important part is that you make a square knot at each mark. 
Here are two ways to tie:

1) Continue on stitching your yarn through each mark, making sure your 3 inch end stays secure and doesn’t get pulled through.  When you get to the end of your yarn, cut in between each mark, and tie at each stich point the yarn in a square knot.

2) Tie as you go: after each stitch cut your yarn, tie your square knot and continue on.

3) There is also a method to tie before you cut your yarn, but it is hard to explain.  If you would like to know how, send us an email and we’ll help walk you through it! J

Finish up: look at each tie and make sure it looks nice and clean. Check the back side of the fabric to make sure it also looks nice and clean leaving no crazy yarn pieces back there.  Trim each tie to about 1 inch long.

Viola! You have a fun warm blanket to send to a Sandy family and everyone gets to be warm inside!

We are also accepting beanies!! Follow the tutorial links below to find some fun ways to make adorable beanies to help warm up all those kids and families!

Go to these great links to get some more ideas and inspiration!
For blankets:

If you want to make beanies go here:

Info. about us: In 2001 we started Comfort the Kids, and with the help of several hundreds of amazing people delivered over 2500 handmade red white and blue blankets to children who lost family members in the twin towers on 9/11. To keep the fun going, we delivered over 500 blankets to victims of some of the California wildfires in 2003, and in 2006 sent over 500 blankets to Houston, Texas to a children's burn unit affected by hurricane Katrina.  As a family we are grateful for the blessings in our lives and feel it a privilege to share those blessings with those suffering.  Please join us and share your warmth and love with the families that are bracing for a very cold winter on the east coast. Please give a blanket, so you AND those who bundle up in your blanket will feel some comfort, warmth and peace this cold winter season.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Getting To Know Marsden

I feel like I could write a novel on our little boys personality.  He is so full of life (Drew calls him a fireball)!  He came here with an abnormally strong head/neck.  He could hold it up pretty much at the hospital!  Here's some pictures of him at 1 month old, that's 4 week folks!!

Marsden had a pretty fussy first 3 months.   I tried giving up dairy, but that didn't help so I gladly stopped that and his doctor got him on some stomach acid drops which helped.  He spit up A LOT!  Every time someone wanted to hold him I was so nervous that he would spit up on them and most the time he did!  Poor little boy, we felt so bad for him and all his bubbles!

This picture shows how much Marsden looks like his dad.  Can you tell which is which?  I'm sure the clothing and photo quality gives it away, but yeah thats Drew on the left and Marsden on the right.  Wow, TWINS!

*Marsden's first smile was while I was giving him a bath! March 19th 
*Marsden's first laugh was also in the bath at 2 months, but Drew tickling him at 3 months made him start belly laughing!

Marsden was always so alert!  It was like he wanted to soak everything around him in and see more!  He's still that way.  Always wanting to see and learn :). 

He loves people!  He especially loves it when older kids play with him.   I really think he could play forever!

*Marsden got his bottom two teeth at 3 months

*Marsden started scooting at 5 months and a week later started really crawling.   Once he figures out something, he learns quickly!  He crawls with his right foot stepping and his left knee on the ground and still does!  It's so funny.  This is also when he started sitting up on his own.

Here is a picture of him on his half year, 6 month birthday!  Taken and edited by Drew.

Marsden definitely keeps me us on our toes!  He pulls himself up onto everything and has even started walking with the couch.  We are in for a ride with his speedy brain.

*He got 4 top teeth between 5 and 7 months which means he has 6 teeth now! He loves to eat food (especially if he can gnaw on it himself) and is very good at it with all his chompers.

Marsden is the happiest boy and so much fun to be around!  He's always up for a laugh or to play with you.  He will make anyone smile with his smile ;).  He is now 7 months and we feel so blessed to have his amazing spirit in our lives!  Marsden makes life brighter.

One Year Later

I've been keeping a handwritten journal since we had our baby and therefore have not been updating our blog on our life. Today that changes!

 Marsden Trey Porter was born on February 24th at 2:48am weighing 7lbs 12oz and 20 3/4in long. He came out with a lot of unexpected orange hair, perfect skin, his dads shape of adorable blue eyes, and a perfect new body.

Becoming a mom was one of the two biggest changes in my life, the other one being marrying Drew. It also was the most greatly anticipated. I new I would love it, but I didn't know the feelings that came with it. It was literally magical! From the moment he was born I was changed forever. I had a newly found deep love for a human being that was part me and part Drew. I'll keep my labor story for my journal, but I will say that it went smoother than I could've hoped and I surprisingly loved all of it. This whole experience had an outcome of me meeting my baby boy so how could it not be the most amazing experience of my life?

One of the coolest parts for us of having a baby has been becoming our own little family. Watching Drew be a dad has been so much fun! He's such a natural. Marsden loves to play play play with him and they'll laugh so hard, I love the sound! Since he was born he loves it when Drew sings and plays his guitar for him. And I love it because it completely mesmerizes him (and me) ;)!  We are loving being a family of 3 and am so excited to watch Marsden learn and grow!