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.

Friday, August 22, 2014


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