I'm always looking for a quick way to make a charity quilt. I think I've found the easiest after making an envelope quilt from a panel. This one is similar to the last one I posted, but is faster, has no sashing, and has a solid back.
Here's the one I made in 4 hours:
As this was the neonatal quilt I made as I taught the class, I only did a cross in the middle of the plain blocks and quilted around the motifs in the others. The batting allows up to 10' apart for quilting lines, so that simple quilting is enough for these 8 1/2" blocks. Measures 32"square.
What you need to make one:
Sixteen 8 1/" blocks (orphan, embroidered, cut from stash - whatever you have)
Sixteen 8 1/2"blocks of batting (thin flocked works better). I used warm and natural.
One 36" square of fabric for batting. If making bigger, backing must be 2 inches bigger all around the unfinished quilt top to bring the back to the front for binding.
Now take one of each top block and batting and make a two layer sandwich. Do this for all the blocks. You will have 16 blocks.
Pin each block at the center of each edge; not the corners.
Quilt each of the blocks with the batting down, block on tip. I used a simple cross hatch for the simple blocks. See photo above.
Once all the blocks are done layout your blocks in the otder you want them in the flimsy. Mark them with masking tape in the upper left corner so you'll be able to keep them in order. I did A1, A2, A3, A4, etc. Sew the rows together horizontally. Iron the seam allowances the opposite of the one that follows - ie: A left, B right, C left, D right. Now sew them in pairs row A +row B, then Row C +rowD. Now sew the the two sections together and you top is done.
Lay out your backing and tape to your table so that it is taut, but not tight. Lay the quilt top on top and pins in place. Stitch in the ditch at the row seams horizontal and vertical or a square in the middle. Trim the back to one inch on all 4 sides. Iron in half and used this extra fabric as your binding that has been folded twice. Two vertical sides first ; then the two vertical sides. You're done! You can make this any size you want. Tell me how long it took to make yours.
Here was an easy quilt doing it Quilt as You Go. Each block is:
backing is cut 11" square
front is cut 9" square
batting is cut 9" square
Sandwich the blocks: backing wrong side up; batting centered on back; front right side up. Both batting and top will be 1" all around the back.
Pin and with your walking foot make an "x"in the center of the blocks - go from edge to edge along a diagonal of the top block (start at the corner of the backing). I do wiggly lines sometimes.
Make another one. Now with the two backs of the blocks together, sew 1" from the edge (or along the batting) from edge to edge. You now have the seam allowance on the front of the two sewn blocks.
Fold one seam allowance in half and lay on top of the right side of the block( pin or iron), and machine stitch(again with your walking foot) 1/8" from the folded edge.
You now have two blocks that quilted and sashed. Make more blocks and complete a row. Line up the rows and pin at intersections. Sew as before. Leave the outside seams til last. Then do the same to those sides and you're done.
Good for scraps of fabric and batting. This charity quilt is for our St. Anne's Sewdality.
When I attended our Guild's retreat last February, I knew we were going to do a mystery. Now these always make me nervous. Am I going to like it? What will I do with it? Since I usually do like them, I decided even before I got there that I would make it as a charity quilt for a baby. That settled the size and made it less stressful to me. I didn't want to add to my UFO pile - lol. It is now finished and soon to be gifted to a mom for her new baby through our St Anne's Sewdality at our church.
Debbie Caffrey designed the mystery pattern. It was a lot of fun, despite my anxiety.
You would think, from my lack of postings, that I had quit quilting. Not so! I have definitely slowed down but it's a temporary lapse. The causes are many including a difficult sale of a house, the final days of getting things moved after living on a small acreage (17 plus acres) for twenty years and then just lack of inertia to get started again.
Anyway, even tho' I've not had quilts to share I continue to work with Quilts from the Heart. I only post pictures here of quilts that I personally have made from start to finish.. The nice thing about QFTH is that you can do as I do, which is create a quilt from start to finish, or you can take on other parts of the quilting process for partially finished quilts. Many people are "toppers" meaning they like to cut and sew the tops only and then move on. You would think I was a "topper" if you looked at all my flimsys!
So while I've not shared quilts, I have helped pin baste many and have sewn bindings on several. Now that I have pretty much mastered sewing machine bindings, I don't mind binding at all. Next I need to work more on FMQ then I will offer to quilt more charity quilts that others have started rather than just pin baste or do borders.
Here is my latest finish for QFTH. I call this one "Chaia". I'm naming them alphabetically in order to easily track how many charity quilts I have done. Somehow I work better with letters than numbers!
I have to say "sorry" in advance. This is rather a long post with only two pictures at the end. But I need to share.
long wanted to belong to a charity quilt group. Don’t get me wrong! There are
lots of them and I’ve been offered opportunities but I hadn’t found one that
suited me! I wanted one that had local ties. I admire everyone who does charity
quilts, no matter their destination, but I wanted to support local needs. There
are many wonderful church groups and although I know I would be welcome there,
I just am not a person that regularly attends church and I wasn’t sure that was
a good match for me.
I had been motivated and inspired by Sarah of http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/ and had thought that if I couldn’t find a group that was what I
wanted I would review her helpful blog for help on creating a group. I believe Sarah is even writing a book on
that topic. And then there is Beth, if
you read her blog http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/ you will immediately love
her. Beth also hosts this blog. She does many, many wonderful
donation quilts. I’ve helped by sending her orphan blocks and bits of
fabric. I’ve contributed money, blocks,
fabric to other groups and calls for help. Quilts of Valor, Katrina victims,
and others. Any time one of the bloggers
I followed called for help, I helped where I could. Now tho’, although not
forsaking all others. I’m thrilled to be a part of a close knit, hands on local
When I moved to Ocean Park, WA I knew there was a quilt
guild but I wasn’t aware of the charity group “Quilts from the Heart” http://www.quiltsfromtheheart.org/
It is wonderful! The people are great! We are fortunate in that we are able to
use the Senior Center for our activities. Each person can do a whole quilt, or
part of a quilt. We have many who we call “toppers” people who like to piece
but never get around to quilting those tops…but never fear! There are people in
the group that will do it for you! Dixie
is one of the fastest FMQ quilters I’ve ever seen but there is also Marge and
Brooke. And many of use, me included, are happy to do quilting with our walking
Yesterday was a day designated to layer quilts. This is my least favorite thing to do. But
when I got there, the parking lot was full! Everyone was there to help. I have
no idea how many tops got layered yesterday but as they say “many hands make
light work.” We had fun! We laughed, we
got to know each other and it was like being at camp. We even had a woman who
played the piano and we sang old songs as we worked. Aren’t you jealous? I came home thrilled to be living where I
live and fortunate to have met a group of people that are “my people.”
So am I happy? I sure am! And I'm taking a lesson from Michelle of
Michelle’s Romantic Tangle http://mychellem.blogspot.com/
and giving my donation quilts human names. Just as she does. You will be amazed how many baby
quilts Michelle does. She is my idol! So, finally, I present Abby, or Abigail,
my first start to finish quilt for Quilts from the Heart.