Baby Quilts for Charity

I thought I would check back and let you know how  I have been doing finishing my UFO’s.   Well it’s hard to dig into my pile of unfinished projects if I keep starting new ones!  But these I have at least started AND finished–and I’ve made a dent in my stash as well.  My quilt guild provides quilts for a women’s and children’s shelter in our area, so these will go to a good home.

baby quilt stack for charityInstead of trying to follow a pattern, I took fabrics that seemed to go together and just started sewing pieces together in a “Gwen Marston” fashion.

Baby in Green  IMG_0585 IMG_0580 IMG_0587I kept adding pieces until I had a quilt top about 40 x 40 inches.  Then I tried to make them a little more interesting by adding some simple applique that I attached with my long arm.  It’s “raw edge” applique so the edges might curl up a little when washed, but I think that will just add some interesting texture.IMG_0584  IMG_0586 I tried to simulate a blanket stitch on the these stars. IMG_0588It make a quick finish, I brought the backing fabric around to the front to do a mock binding.

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I had so much fun making these quilts.  They were simple, yet I was able to use my creativity AND use up some of my stash of fabrics.  I am ashamed to admit, that I probably have the materials on hand to make a hundred more!  I may not have time to make that many, but I will definitely make more.  It feels good to use my  time for such a worthy cause.

Now I just need to wash and dry them before our guild meeting tonight.

 

 

UFO’s–Not the Space Kind

If you are a quilter, you are very familiar with UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects).  Dedicated quilters (and other crafters) have a LOT of those.  I have too many to count.  I buy all the materials, start a project, and then move on to something else before I ever finish.  Some times I just buy the fabric and never start at all!  Well, I’ve dedicated this month to FINISHING!  I thought I would share some of these UFO’s and then let you know in the coming days of my progress.

Here are a few of the unfinished things I found lying around.  I have dozens and dozens, so I will just give you a peek at a few.

 

This little Halloween table topper just needs to be quilted.  Maybe I will add a border.

IMG_0558I found these blocks on Ebay some time ago.  I’d guess they are from the 50’s or 60’s.  They are handpieced.  I added the polka dot and navy fabrics.  I have six blocks.  I could probably make a little lap quilt.

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This little Fall stitchery is almost done.  I hope it looks cuter when is is quilted.

IMG_0546Same with this tiny wallhanging.  It’s my first attempt at hand applique.IMG_0552I’m ashamed to say I have purchased whole quilt kits that I never even started.  I’m not even sure I like them anymore.  If I do tackle them, I will probably update the fabrics.IMG_0542 IMG_0543 IMG_0544 IMG_0545I liked this floral fabric a lot when I bought it years ago and found some coordinating prints.    I started some piecing, thinking to make it into a quilted jacket.  That’s not going to happen.  But it would make a nice charity quilt.IMG_0555 IMG_0556Here are a couple small holiday items.  It wouldn’t take much to finish them.  I just have to have a reason.IMG_0551IMG_0547

Loved the unusual color scheme in these holiday prints.

IMG_0548 IMG_0549These “orphan” blocks I picked up at a guild meeting.  I’m sure I could combine them into nice charity quilt.  Our guild makes quilts for a local shelter for women and children.IMG_0557Well, I could go on and on, but I will stop for now.  Time to get sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charity Quilts

This week I finished a couple of charity quilts.  These two were for the Quilts of Valor organization.ImageImage

The first one, in red,white and blue, I quilted with an over all pattern I call Loopy Stars.  It seemed appropriate.Image

 

The second was a little more whimsical in color and fabric choices so I used my Spirals pattern.Image

.Both of theses quilts were string pieced and used a variety of fabrics.  It looks like a great way to use up scraps.ImageImage

Unfortunately, I don’t know who pieced them, or I would give credit.  I sent them off.  The next person will bind them and then they will go to their recipients.  It’s a wonderful collaboration and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to do my part.