Thursday, October 18, 2012

My latest charity quilt



Despite my best intentions, I only completed one quilt during the 100 Quilts for Kids charity quilt drive.  I probably should have been more focused...instead, I also completed 3 tops, all of the pinwheel blocks for another, and a fun hand-stitched hexy strip that will be the centerpiece of another.  Indeed, I was worried I wouldn't even finish this one in time - on Saturday morning, it was still just a top and a back!  I used Cindy's tutorial, but I only had a partial jelly-roll with no repeats, so I didn't have enough fabric to make more than 3 columns, and I really struggled my way through this one, including unpicking several seams (a rarity for me).  I had started by cutting my jellyroll strips in half so I could make the two sets I'd need, and on the second set, I figured out that I could make them line up better if I went ahead and cut off a 45 degree triangle from each end piece so I could line them up as I sewed the strip sets, since I didn't have any extra fabric to spare!

What really made it a doozy was the micro-stippling.  I haven't done any free-motion quilting in a couple of years now, so I'm very out of practice, but I really enjoyed it.  My stitch length is all over the place, and it certainly is far from perfect, but I think it will make some foster child in Ohio, courtesy of My Very Own Blanket, immensely happy!  (At least I hope so!)  I think it is a good sign for a charity quilt when it is really hard to give it away, and this one definitely fits that bill!

6 comments:

  1. Ellen, this is gorgeous! Wow, girl, you are skilled. The colors are so soothing, and I love the little retro prints contrasted against those bold chevrons. I love it, and I want one.

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  2. Wow! It's so pretty. I love the colors and you did a great job on the piecing (and quilting, btw).

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  3. these colors are soooo pretty! Another beautiful quilt!

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  4. I liked this one a lot, but the purple was my favorite. Or maybe the pink! I was amazed you came up with the designs yourself. And what a great cause!

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  5. You are right, a good charity quilt should be a little hard to give up... I am becoming very attached to the(unfinished) charity quilt hanging on my design wall right now!

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  6. Beautiful quilt! Found this on Pinterest and had to follow the rabbit trail to find you. I'm so glad I did. You do lovely work.

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