Charity Quilts in Progress

As if I didn’t already have enough projects, I started two new quilts this week.  As usual, I have created my own busyness.  Thankfully, however, I find this type of busyness very stress relieving rather than stress causing.

First I picked up this stash of fabric from a member of my guild.  She had cleaned out her stash over the holidays and her request was that if you take any, then you use it to make a charity quilt.  Our guild makes and donates charity quilts to the foster care program in the county.  So I took what ended up being approximately 4 yards of fabric, and decided to make a lap quilt.  Some of these are already made blocks, some are smaller than a fat quarter, and there are two pieces that are just over 1 yard in length.  I also decided that I have to make it right now or I may never get around to it!

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So, I cut the fabric into strips…

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I decided to make the quilt using a bento box pattern.  This is where you sew the strips into a large square and then cut the squares into fourths, mix them all up, and sew them back together again.  I didn’t have enough of the fabric that I picked up for all the strips I would need, so I have been using fabric from my scrap box to fill in where needed.   I love that I’m able to use some of the scraps I’ve been saving!  I would love to make an entire quilt with scraps.  Maybe one day… so far I’ve only been able to fit them into projects here and there.  Edit: I remembered that I have made a quilt with all scraps.  I made a wonky star last year.  I just have so many scraps, and I keep adding to it, so it doesn’t look like I’ve even put a dent in it.  So my goal is to make another quilt with just scraps.  🙂

I just finished piecing all the squares last night… today after work I’ll trim them up, cut them into fourths and lay them out to determine how I want to rearrange them.  Hopefully I’ll be sharing another finished quilt with you next week.

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I haven’t gotten as far on the second quilt I started.  I picked up two charm packs last fall during a shop hop, which gives me four 5-inch squares of each of these fabrics.

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Well, that in itself isn’t enough to make a lap quilt.  So I either need to add a neutral, such as cream or white, or more fabric.  I have decided to follow what Aspen Hill did here with her charm pack.  This means I need to add both white AND more fabric.  So I went through my stash and found fabric that I think matches and cut an additional 74 5-inch squares.DSC_0532

So that’s where I am with this quilt.  I have 154 5″ squares cut out and ready.  I still need to cut the white strips.  My plan is to do that and start piecing once I get the other quilt finished.  I probably won’t provide many updates on this quilt since it is for a friend that may read this blog.  But, know I’ll be working on it and will share it with you when I can…

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

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Scrappy Trip Along

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Even with working 65 hours a week, I have been able to finish a small project.  One of my goals this year was to do a Scrappy Trip Along quilt.  This quilt pattern has really taken off — there is even a Flickr group.  Apparently this design has been around for 14 years.  Wow, I feel like I’m so behind having just recently discovered it.  But it’s still very popular, and pictures of new quilts made with this pattern are being uploaded daily.

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I used a 1/2 jelly roll of Moda Birdie that I had left over from a baby quilt I made a few years ago.  I had just enough of the jelly roll left to make this quilt 40″ x 40″, which is also a good size for a baby quilt.  I did have some problems with the strips of fabric stretching, so not all my seams line up correctly.  I hate that — but sometimes I have to tell that perfectionism thing to take a back seat.

I also used this opportunity to practice some free motion quilting.  I chose a design called Paisley Flower by Leah  Day and then adapted it for a larger quilt versus a 6″-8″ square.  My flowers ended up being 3″-7″ in diameter, with the average being about 5″, and it still took quite a while to quilt.  I still need to practice sewing over the same line more than once, but I am very pleased with how it turned out.

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This would be a great quilt to use with scraps.  I might just make another one another day. They all look great when done