Sunday, July 24, 2022

Donation Quilts


I have been clearing random fabrics from my sewing room by making donation quilts.  
I start by aiming for the sizes requested by Threads In Faith.  which are 45-60" size. 
It is a prayer ministry started by friends of mine.  The quilt recipient is someone who is in need of prayers.   A group will tie the quilt while saying prayers for the recipient with each knot. 

A layer cake that I bought for a quilt that I never made because I could never find the llama fabric on a bolt.  (That was why I bought it to begin with.)

Two or 3 super cute lime/pink fat quarters given to me as a gift. 

I don't even know how I accumulated so much brown.  
Autumn colors left over from a quilt for a friend who loves Fall.  With some weird mustardy batik 5" squares my mom bought for me in the Caribbean. 

I started this design as a variation of an Irish chain, but didn't have enough contrast with the colors, so it just looks like squares. 

The leftover extra 4 patch squares (because, apparently, I am bad at math and made too many. 
The border I saw on a FB quilt group by a designer who was looking for testers.  It looked like this, but the directions didn't make it work like the picture.  I worked out a paper piecing version and made this.  I decided that I didn't like it well enough to make 4 more borders in this color version.  I do, however, really like the HST star.  I may become a default pattern for me. 

I have a quilting friend who's a NICU nurse.  Years ago, when I was bemoaning a project I was working on because I didn't like the color combo, she suggested finishing it and donating it to NICU.  Over time the ideal size was deemed to be 30" x 36" with a flannel back and no batting.  That combo wraps well around the mattress. It's also ideal for smaller amounts of fabrics that are too much to throw away, and not enough for a full quilt.  These go together as improv quilts.  I generally make placement decisions on what would show in the center.
Fat quarters of paisley fabrics that were gifted to me and had no coordinating fabrics in the stash. 

Leftovers from the layer cake and coordinating fabrics left after I turned most into aprons. 

A piece of waves fabric, roughly 1/3 yard. 

Now back to the giant bin of scraps...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Biggs Finish!!!

 You've been following this quilt for 8 years now.  This week, finally finished the hand quilting.  While taking photos, was a bit disappointed in a few bits, so there will be some more hand details added at some point.  Or maybe not.   Time will tell.  25 blocks.  I did the first 15 blocks in 2014-2015. 10 blocks Fall 2020. Swags 2021. Started quilting January 2022.  Finished May 2022

Monday, April 4, 2022

Scraps beget scraps


On my Wall of Shame  (the design wall with ignored & neglected projects), were several improv blocks using up the leftovers from this pair of quilts.  The quilt above was a wedding quilt for my daughter and the one below, the Groom's Quilt made to go with it. 
 I decided to attack a bucket of scraps.  
Only to discover that there were also scraps left from another pair of wedding quilts. 

Several hours of sew, press, trim and it was quickly building into a small rectangular shape. 
But the bigger it got, the wonkier it became.  All those bias edges !  Even with tucks, I couldn't make it square up.  After an hour or so, I decided to quit fighting it and just let the shape be what it wanted.  Who said quilts have to have only 4 sides anyway?

And eventually, I got to the rest of the bin of teal fabrics.  

After a couple days of sewing, I have 29 teal, 6" patchwork blocks.  My intention was to turn them into HST blocks and make something to go with the orphan blocks (shown bottom left) from the quilts at the top of the post. Turns out there were very few purple scraps, so my original plan isn't going to work.  I'm setting these aside for now

The scraps from the previous post's set of projects are now NICU quilts with flannel backing. 

And all my friends & family's doggos will be well dressed with fashionable scarves.  

Thursday, March 10, 2022



Friday night, a friend posted a picture of her wearing a cute apron, and I decided to make one for her from a pattern I'd bought but never used.  I found this floral and coordinates in the stash, purchased for a quilt I never made 10 or more years ago.  It was so cute, I had to make one for myself too. 

There was also a stack of 10" precut squares from this line.  I made this into a 60" quilt top for a friend's new charity Threads of Faith. It will be stitched in the ditch, then a team of volunteers will tie the quilt, while praying for the recipient during the process of tying the knots. 
There were still some big scraps in weird shapes.  These became the top of a NICU donation quilt.  
It's 30x36" and will be backed with flannel. 

Still lots of little scraps.  So those are turned into doggo collar scarves. 

That was fun.  Now back to things I was working on before the distractions.