Friday, September 15, 2017
Three more quilts are ready to go to Texas, for kids who have been through Hurricane Harvey and the Houston flooding. I had hoped to get these done last week, but you know how it goes.
All of these are made from simple patterns, and can easily be used by groups or individuals.
HERE to go to the one page PDF. This is a great scrap buster.
I have made several of these quilts for different causes, and I always use the same method. I know these can be strip pieced, but I make them from squares. I have used 4.5 in. squares, which makes a quilt 36 in. x 36 in., but both of these were made with 5 in. squares, so they measure roughly 40 in. x 40 in. It's convenient if you have scraps cut in this size, but you may have to dig into yardage for some of the fabrics. I find it easiest to use two colors for each quilt (in this case blue and green), and I look for fabrics with both colors in them to help blend the prints together.
The second round needs 4 squares, in this case the blue chameleons. I like something eye-catching in this round. The pink quilt has castles in this spot.
Round three uses 8 squares, which are a turtle print here.
The fourth round uses 12 squares, a sort of crackled print in this quilt.
Round seven needs 12 squares, in this case a jungle print. I often include something lighter, like prints with a cream background, in one or two rounds, to brighten things up.
Round 8 takes 8 (that's easy to remember!). I know you can't see it, but my fabric for this round is a green print with numbers on it.
And that takes us to the corners, which are 4 blue squares in the same print as the center.
So that's a total of 81 squares, set in 9 rows of 9 squares each. This is easy, especially if you already have squares cut, and makes a nice sized quilt.
I've got my eye on another free pattern to make. It's by Bonnie Hunter, so you know it's terrific, plus it uses 5 in. squares. I've never seen this one on her free pages or in any of her books. The pattern makes a quilt 60 in. x 70 in. Click HERE to go to Bonnie Hunter's Sticks and Stones. It's a 3 page PDF.
I am absolutely in awe of all the people across the country (and even the world!) sending help to the hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. All of us working together in our own small ways can make a real difference.
Wishing you joy and peace,
Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop
Busy Hands Quilts
Saturday, September 9, 2017
This is what the blocks look like. I used 1.5 in. strips from my overflowing scraps to make them, way back in March of 2015. Click HERE to go to the tutorial.
The name of this pattern has always seemed appropriate to me, since all our lives have ups and downs, sunshine and shadow. It has seemed even more relevant in recent days, with sunshine here and shadow hanging over my family members in Florida due to the upcoming hurricane. If you're inclined to prayer, please include my three brothers and their families.
In other news, here's what else I'm working on.
HERE to go to their web site for instructions and their address.
I'm going to go sew now, and keep an eye on the weather.
Be safe this week.
Busy Hands Quilts
Crazy Mom Quilts
Friday, September 1, 2017
In other news, sometimes, procrastination pays off. I had been dragging my feet about sending some baby quilts to Quilts for Kids in Pennsylvania when the hurricane hit Texas last week.
Click HERE to go to their web page for instructions on mailing, etc. Linus Connection is a 501(c)(3) organization, very similar to what we know here in Wisconsin as Project Linus.
None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something.
I wish you good weather, warm hugs, and lots of lovely quilts.
Linking up this week with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Busy Hands Quilts.
Friday, August 25, 2017
The Harriet Powers Bible quilt was not on display this time, but I've seen it before and it is wonderful. Click HERE to go to a photo/description.
Words to live by.
School starts in 3 days!!!
Summer must really be over.
Have a wonderful week!
I'm linking up with Myra as usual at Busy Hands Quilts, and Can I Get A Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the first time.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
I decided the neutral theme really wouldn't fit with the Buckeye Beauty blocks, so I'm skipping those this month.
Making blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is the most fun I've ever had doing homework.
This homework comes in a close second--my blocks for the Children's Library Quilt, hosted by Pat Sloan.
I changed the center to a solid square, and put the Very Hungry Caterpillar in there.
Lately I've been doing more quilting, as well as piecing. Here's something I actually finished.
I am so lucky! I get to enjoy the things I love most every week--kids, books, scraps, and quilts.
How was your week?
Join me at the linky parties at Busy Hands Quilts and So Scrappy.
Friday, August 4, 2017
I am a walking-foot quilter. The walking foot on my Pfaaf is built in, which is great. Most of this tumbler quilt was quilted about 1/4 in. from each seam, but I got a little fancy in the outer border with these waves. It's one of my favorite stencils, and this time I used soap to mark the lines.
Warning--it does have the same major drawback as chalk. The marks will easily wear off if you touch them while quilting. To counter this, I marked one border at a time (these aren't continuous), and tried to hold the quilt by the outer edges as I quilted, grasping mostly the batting and backing.
What are you working on this week? Why not join me at the linky party at Busy Hands Quilts? It's always a good time.