Friday, November 30, 2018

Charity Finish

Wrapping up year end charity quilts, this orange/hot pink modern quilt was an exercise in an off-the-cuff design.  Looking through my strips, I realized there was an abundance of oranges in the 4 1/2" Box.  The modern triangle fabric had a variety of oranges and hot pinks, so it worked perfectly for the zig zag accents.  From piecing to binding, this 48" X 60" quilt was done in 2 days.

Our Cane Cutter Quilt Guild's Helping Hands program, provides quilting comfort to several organizations.  This year, we were able to provide each child of the Louis Children’s Crisis Center a lap quilt and extra for the turnover of additional incoming residents.  This center offers therapeutic shelter for abused and neglected children. 

Linking up with Sarah, Confessions of a Fabric Addict....Whoop Whoop!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Rainbow Challenge, Freedom Flyer

A couple of weeks ago, I showed the Quilt of Valor version of Freedom Flyer - I liked the layout so much (using "Glittered Nine Patches and Double HSTs), I am making it again in rainbow colors.  I still need to frame the Double HSTs, then I can pull off the wall and make a kit for travel sewing.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Scrap Control Finish, Glittered Nine Patch

With the continued inspiration of Sarah, Confessions of a Fabric Addict / "I May Have a Scrap Problem", I am plugging along with more Scrap Control projects.  The above "Glittered Nine Patch" of blues, greens and whites came together quickly.  For this variation, I added a scrappy sashing.

Using 2 1/2" strips, I started with simple 4-patches of blue/white, green white and combos of green/blue/white -- very scrappy.

The block is a simple variation to the "Prairie Queen Block".  To make, use the diagram below and  combine (5) 4 1/2" squares with the four patches described above.

I have also made these blocks all year with the 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge, using a little more a more planned color combo for each block (LINK).  

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Scrap Control - Kids Quilt Tutorial

On the wall, another scrappy Kids Quilt - this one started with a plaid Focus fabric (horizontal strips shown above).  I pulled from my 2 1/2" strips and cut (72) 2 1/2" strips of those matching and/or blending with this plaid.  Randomly sewed the strips together until each of the four rows have (18) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips across.

For the horizontal strips, I cut (8) 2 1/2" X WOF white backgound strips.  Each of the plaid strips will be bordered by this white. Those will be trimmed to 36 1/2" strip sets and sewn between the scrappy rows. Also trim the two remaining 2 1/2" X WOF white strips to 36 1/2", then add to the top and bottom.

The top will finish at 36" X 46".  Fabric for backing, 1 1/2 yards and (4) 2  1/2" X WOF for binding (I will use the focus plaid). When I finish this quilt, I will link back to these instructions.

This project is coming together so quickly, I am already digging through my stash to start more.  

Friday, November 16, 2018

Quilts For Kids

These eight (8) quilts are being donated through our guild to the Quilts for Kids (Baton Rouge Chapter)    The Pinwheels above were hiding in my B'Box (Box of Blocks), waiting for the perfect little project.  Finished size:  38" X 44".

Using left-over "Chunks" (those scraps too large to cut up), I was able to create a little Rainbow Quilt and I had this little scrap of Zebra print perfect for the inside border.  Finished size:  38" X 44".

Twin patch quilts from "Chunks".  Finished size:  38" X 44".

Another Rainbow quilt -- those little fish fit in perfectly.  Finished size:  38" X 44".

Nine-patches left over from a "Southern Sky" made a few years ago - I still have more!  Finished size:  38" X 50".

I hope this one goes to a little boy -- there are bright colors and football fabric all over.  Then I had this small piece of Tiger Fabric that was just enough for backing and binding.  Finished size:  40" X 50".

Nine patches and squares left over from a Family Quilt I made in 2015.  The good news, I have improved my "Machine Binding" - what a task - but, this girl still loves to hand bind.  Finished size:  41" X 44"

In early 2018, I shopped an estate sale about a mile from my home and loaded up my stash with backing fabric for young kids and Quilts of Valor.  I hope she is watching from above and pleased the fabric is going for a good cause. 

Linking up with Sarah, Confessions of a Fabric Addict! Whoop Whoop!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Scrap Control Update

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I'm sharing my little turkey (still needs feet).  A tiny dent in the scraps.

A "Quilt for Kids" start - rainbow colors of 6 1/2" squares.  A couple of borders and then done.

Another "Quilts for Kids"  using blocks left over from a Family Quilt made in 2015 -- just enough for a small quilt and reduction of orphan blocks.  My goal for "Quilts for Kids" (Baton Rouge Chapter) is almost done - most are quilted, bound and ready for delivery.  Pictures as soon as the last binding goes on.  

Next goal .... Our guild was introduced to the  Petite Bijoux Project, who is collecting quilts 24" square, 36" square or 36" X 45" -- or sizes close to this, for babies in the Terrebonne General Hospital NICU Unit.  

New scrap/stash project:  I have a huge stash of stripes and dots ... to add variety, we had a fabric exchange this year with our guild .... more stripes and dots.  One of our members, Lynn had a program making a quilt with a small half-seam block (6" finished) - such a versatile block.     Then I came across the same block using stripes and dots, called Sticks and Stones by Pamela Dinndorf.    I fell in love and quickly purchased the pattern - although I did enlarge the block to 12".  If I make 35 blocks, it will size up to a twin bed.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Quilts of Valor, Veterans Day Awards

This morning, our guild awarded Quilts of Valor during a Veterans Day Program at the Civic Center.  My quilts were made using the Red and Blue Blocks, and a few of yellow/gold blocks,  from the 2018 Rainbow Challenge.  "Freedom Flyer" used four-patch/nine-patch blocks and framed double half square triangles.  Finished size appx. 59" X 77". (2018 Quilt of Valor #2; 2018 Rainbow Challenge #1)

Due to the response, I think next year I will be making Red/White/Blue Blocks all year long.  The nominated veterans receiving the quilts were so surprised....only their family knew of the special award.

The above quilt, "Crowned Stars" started out square, however with the addition of crowned borders, I was able to make a rectangle size of 60" X 74" large throw size. (2018 Quilt of Valor #3; 2018 Rainbow Challenge #2).

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