Friday, August 22, 2014

A QAYG CQ

Here was an easy quilt doing it Quilt as You Go.  Each block is:
  1. backing is cut 11" square
  2. front is cut  9" square
  3. batting is cut 9" square
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.  
  7. 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.  
  8. 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.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Whittling Away My Stash Towards Project Linus

I've been busy making the odds and ends in my stash into quilts for Project Linus.  These are two of the latest.
Now onto some more.  This working towards a goal gets addictive!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Latest charity quilt

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.

Another for "Quilts from the Heart"

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!

Enjoy!  Toni

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Quilts from the Heart

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.

I have 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 group.

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 foot.

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.



  
Enjoy!
Toni

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Quick Quilt

 Here's the lap quilt I made using Jenny Doan's Self Binding Receiving Blanket tutorial.  Go here to read about it.  This one is going to a local Kaiser Permanente Breast Cancer Center. I was wondering if it would work as a rectangle - Jenny made a square one - and yes, it does work as long as you mark those centers. It measures around 38" by 46".  I'll be making more like this one.
I only had about a 5" square of waste using this method.

Here's the back.
It took me about 20 minutes to make not counting washing the flannel so that it would shrink.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Quilts for babies in Papua New Guinea.

Hi Sarah and Beth, it has been a while since I posted anything here, but there has been a lot happening Down Under with quilts for charity!  Aussie Heroes are still going strong, and received a fabulous write up in one of our Aussie patchwork magazines last year.
I have created a blog for quilts that are being made for native babies in Papua New Guinea.  A cousin by marriage (actually my husband's cousin's wife) works in third world countries with displaced people, and a year or so ago, she was telling me about the work she does with natives of PNG.  I was so touched by what she told me I offered to make some quilts for the babies, and that is how this project was born.  You can read about it on my blog Patea PNG Quilt Collective, and I would be happy for you to add it to the sidebar on this blog!