Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Picnic Puppies and Poppies

Picnic Puppies
April 2015
I want to extend a big thank you to the kind folks affiliated with Center Veterinary Clinic in Mira Mesa (San Diego) for their fabric donations! In addition to their donated fabrics, I used scrap fabrics to create this Jean Ann Wright, Southern Comfort patterned quilt.
charity quilt

April 2015
The lavender fabric used in my Poppies quilt has now made its way into 4 charity quilts, including: Skypilots, Lavender Ladies and Sassy Squares.
quilts for charity

I donated these two quilts to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in April 2015.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Quilts by a Group

These are community service quilts made by my local guild. They are completed or almost completed. The red/blue and yellow quilts were our 2014 blocks, and now in 2015 we are doing nine-patches, so I have only one of those samples so far. They are going to a variety of local and global donation sites.

--Carol E.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lumberjack Patches

charity quilt
Lumberjack Patches
March 2015

This is Allison Harris’ (Cluck Cluck Sew) Off Track quilt design. I donated this quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in March 2015, along with my recent Calm Reflection quilt.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Calm Reflection

charity quilt
Calm Reflection
March 2015

I love efficiency. And, this block is all about that! I came across the instructions for this block pattern on wont-to-be quilter’s blog, and was intrigued by its construction process. When I finally got time to dedicate to quilting, this was pretty quick to complete.

The majority of fabrics I use in my quilts are leftovers and scraps. For this one, the pink and blue flower fabric is very 1980’ish and it had been a challenge trying to use it without making the quilt feel too dated. The blue fabric was also a challenge, as it is very thin and has a lot of stretch to it. But, the two were a perfect complement to one another, as the blue fabric has a ‘burn-out’ design of flowers, almost identical to the pink and blue flower fabric. The combination reminded me of reflections on water.

I hope you visit my blog at to see all the other scrappy quilts I have donated to foster kids.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Another Panel One

I don't know where she finds them, but my friend gave me another of the cutest panels.  This one is for our church group, St Anne's Sewdality.  We make baby quilts for low income, first time mothers and our parishioners.   I loved doing FMQ on it and around the dinos. Then another member took it home to further tie it to the back - that's what those orange dots are if you look closely.  Some lucky little one is going to be getting it this month and making some Mom very happy.

Remembrance Quilt

Hi!  After finding this great blog to display our charity quilts, I asked to be included.  I have a ministry to widows and those who have lost loved ones.  I will make them a quilt from their loved one's shirts at no cost.  I think I get the bigger blessing from it.  Below are a few pictures of ones I've made. The first was for a surviving twin, made from her sister's nurse scrubs. I used a free pattern called Bricks and Stepping Stones found on the Quiltville blog

The next one was for a widow married for 73 years. I made up the pattern after seeing many similar quilt patterns.

 This one was made for a widow whose husband died of cancer.  This pattern is called Strip Twist and also is free from the Quiltville blog.

I hope these have inspired you to get busy using your creative abilities to do something kind for someone else!  You can visit me sometime at my blog Around The Blocks.

Happy Quilting!  - Rachel H.

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Tisket a Tasket

basket weave quilt
A Tisket a Tasket
January 2015

While this is a basket weave pattern, the color choice and placement makes it look more like a maze to me! Making quilts from predominately scraps can be a challenge. I might start with a handful of fabrics I want to use, do my calculations, but somewhere along the way in the process, I sometimes run short and need to move to plan B. As with life, it’s always good to have a plan B, and it doesn’t hurt to have a plan C and D too!

My "handful of fabric" that I started with was the plaid fabric in the basket part of the pattern, which was a donation fabric. My "plan A" was that it would be 2.5" wide like everything else, but I didn't have enough. So, I moved to "plan B" and tried putting it as the center band in the weave where the green is, but it changed the dynamics of the colors too much. So, I settled with "plan C", and cut the plaid strips in half, finishing them at 1" sewn strips, which gave me enough. The fabric I used for the  border and edge binding were also scrap fabrics, while the yellow was new.

I donated this quilt and my Red Sky at Night quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in January 2015.