Monday, January 26, 2015

Red Sky at Night

Red sky at night
Red Sky at Night
January 2015

The colors of this quilt reminded me of sailing, and every sailor’s delight – a red sky at night! The picture below was taken on one of my (many) days out sailing.
The fabric I used for the sashing, border and edge binding were from my never-ending collection of scraps, while the rest were new fabrics.
I am finishing up one more quilt, and then this one and it will be off to the the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services for foster kids.

Love Hugs | by Pieces of the Past

Friday, January 23, 2015

All for Give-Away

I made and quilted five of these.
One was made by a friend, and I quilted it.
Two were made and quilted by another friend.

These are going to a variety of places, both locally and globally. I had a lot of fun photographing them on this fence in a historical part of my neighborhood.

--Carol E.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

One for the Neonatal Department

Here's a one block quilt I designed for our guild to make neonatal quilts (one of our community service projects):
The pattern calls for 3 fabrics, but the first raid of my stash only found enough with 4.  You can go here to see the pattern.  Took me only 4 hours to make.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pelé’s Bandeira

Pelé’s Bandeira
January 12, 2015

I appreciate all my followers in Brazil, who make up almost half of those that follow my blog! Their support inspired me to make this quilt that I am calling Pelé’s Bandeira. For my followers that are English speakers, bandeira means flag in Portuguese. If you are familiar with the Flag of Brazil, you might notice some resemblances.

This is a bordered diamonds quilt pattern. The fabrics used for the diamonds were all donations and leftovers from my past projects. The dark blue border fabric was a remnant piece that I purchased, before I had any plans of making this particular quilt. When I began conceptualizing this design, the remnant piece was the ideal fabric for the border, as the design on the fabric is of constellations – a perfect addition to this quilt!

I donated this quilt to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, via the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County, in January 2015.

See the other 38 quilts I have donated to foster kids at my personal blog, Love Hugs by Pieces of the Past.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Three Baby Quilts

I belong to a church group where we make baby quilts for newborns. Here are the three latest.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Quilty Hugs

Got together with friends to sew quilts for Happy Chemo today.  We were able to finish three tops.

 Orphan blocks in yellow and aqua found a home in this quilt.
 Giant Christmas four patches sewn together to create a little Christmas cheer.  Got to look through the stash to see if I can find something to border it with.
We are calling this one the picnic quilt.  It looks like ketchup, mustard, grass and sky.
It was fun to chat with friends while we created quilty hugs for those fighting cancer.

Friday, September 19, 2014

An Even Easier QAYG

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.
Neutral thread,
Walking Foot

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.