Monday, August 29, 2022

Scrappy Strings



 Making quilts implies that there will be leftover fabrics. Colorful strings make interesting new scrappy masterpieces.

For this quilt I dug into my bins for novelty prints and bright fabrics. Each string block was 6.5" unfinished.

I added a grey border around the blocks, assembled some frankenbatting and pieced a backing from duvet covers.

I decided it was time for some FMQ practice, this time swirls in silver colored thread. To finish it off I pieced together leftover binding pieces from other projects. Finished size for this baby quilt is 40" squared.

The backing consists of a flannel duvet cover I have used on several projects, plus an added strip to make it big enough. This is a cozy and warm backing.

This is my tenth charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 89 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!




Sunday, August 28, 2022

Bitty Blocks Discovered


 When I was tidying my sewing space I discovered a bunch of these tiny blocks that were a part of a free sew along hosted by Quilting Daily. I think it started in 2015. I didn't keep up with the sew along, other projects stole my attention.

If  I had completed the sew along of these Bitty Blocks it would have resulted in a scrappy twin size quilt. Well, I didn't make that. So, what to do with the blocks? Why not make a charity quilt for the hospital? A few new blocks had to be made to get the quilt to a decent size.

 I added white sashing in between the blocks in addition to a white border to even it out. A green print border completed the quilt top. 

Frankenbatting was used in the quilt sandwich. It is quilted with vertical wavy lines. To finish the quilt I used leftover binding pieces from other projects. Finished size of the quilt is 34" x 42".

A truly scrappy project!

This is my ninth charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 88 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!


Monday, August 15, 2022

Street Grid

 A few years back I bought a good amount of the fabric line Birchtree Lane by @connectingthreads. I have used the fabric in lots of projects, and love the combination of blues and greens. This time I wanted to make a bigger quilt to showcase the great fabric line.

 I have had this free pattern from Art Gallery Fabrics printed out for a couple of years. It is called Street Grid and is designed by @patbravodesign. It is a bold design and it was fun to make. It looks more complicated than it actually is, it's a relatively quick project.

I had to utilize the nice day to take the quilt out to my trusted quilt holder, the uprooted tree in the forest. Look how the greens in the quilt match the scenery!


 The finished quilt is 56"x70". In addition to the Birchtree Lane fabric I used some additional solids. I FMQ quilted it with a stipple in white Aurifil thread #2021.


Here's a closeup of the quilt on my porch. My goal for the year is to use fabric from my stash and not buy any new fabric (if I can avoid it). It is great to see some reduction in my stash.

This is my eighth charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 87 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!



Saturday, August 13, 2022

TQL 30 Years!


 My quilt guild turned 30 last year, but we couldn't hold a party for obvious reasons. The celebration was held this summer, instead. 

A pattern for this Mug Rug was given to all members of the quild. This is my take, the resulting size is 6.5" x 9.5".


Keep on quilting!


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Scrappy Glory

 My scrap bins are constantly overflowing, and in attempt to reduce the amount I dive into them from time to time to make interesting charity quilts. 



This time I cut lots of 2.5" squares (480 to be exact) in various colors, in addition some fussy cut novelty prints. I have done this before , but then I just did a random placement of the squares.

For this quilt I grouped the squares into 16-patches of similar colors/values. The resulting quilt is a colorful one with lots of interesting prints.


  I did a crosshatch quilting in light greyish blue thread, and finished the quilt with a scrappy binding. The quilt will be perfect for a small child with its size of 40"x48", lots of scrappy glory to look at.

This is my seventh charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 86 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!


Friday, August 5, 2022

Summer Sewing

This summer I brought with me a couple of fabric bundles on my vacation. The plan was to make a couple of quilt tops.


 After winning this great bundle of Valentine's fabrics from @thedancingbobbin I added some white solid to make calm down the design a little and to make the quilt a good size for a charity quilt.

I didn't want to cut the prints down too much to loose the detailed designs, so a traditional patchwork layout with blocks cut 4.5" and the remaining scraps cut into 2.5" blocks for four-patches made use of the entire fabric bundle!

 The quilting was done after I came home. Here's the whole quilt laid out on my deck. Quilted in a simple crosshatch design with Aurifil thread in white, and with a striped binding attatched. The finished quilt size is 48"60".


 The second bundle also got some additional white solid added. This is a smaller one of 40"x48" with a cute sheep-counting backing. The quilting is done as one the previous quilt, but this time I added another striped binding from my stash.

These are my fifth and sixth charity quilts for the year 2022, and number 84 and 85 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!