More donation quilts for kids

27 01 2017

Here are a few things that I worked on over the holiday season,  just to keep myself sane.

Sometimes it’s fun to just sit and sew, with no huge or magnificant plans in mind.  These five are the results of just such playing.

These quilts measure approximately 36″ x 42″, just the right size to sew and quilt easily.  All of these quilts have been  donated to the Children’s Quilt Project wing of EBHQ’s Deanna Davis Community Quilt Project.

Leftover solids in a Rail Fence pattern with a wild border.

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More 2″ squares–so fun to put together!

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A Rail Fence quilt made from donated sample fabrics.

Scrappy Rail Fence

 

All squares with great African animal fabric donated by Jane S.  Love this fabric–it made at least three quilts for the kids.

African Animals

 

And  these Dalmation puppies on red played very well with some great black and white fabrics.

Puppies with Black and White

 





Five donations completed

28 10 2016

It feels good to complete projects.  “Done” is satisfying.  And it’s easier when the projects are these small quilts for donation to EBHQ’s Quilt Project.

Since these were simple quilts that I put together on a recent trip, I quilted them myself.  And four of the five were made from my favorite 2.5″ cut squares.  Very fun.

Here’s the gallery:

Squares in zigzag pattern

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Zigzag detail

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Random squares, with little animals popping up every now and then:

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Detail

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Random squares with cute birds popping up:

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All sorts of leftover squares that seemed to go with this wild border:

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And leftover solid rectangles that play with my dotty background:

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All were photographed on the wall in my studio;  no professional photographer here, but I wanted to get a shot of each before I bring them in for distribution.

AND

a sneak peek at the Triangles, in progress.

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A little different . . .

29 09 2016

And now for something completely different—–

I duecided to take a break from paper-piecing isosceles  triangles when I had finished 92.  So I sewed together two tops for making into quilts for our Children’s Quilt Project wing of EBHQ’s Community Quilts efforts.

I made these tops from kits I made for the Project using my all-time favorites—the leftover 2″ squares.

Kits kinda come together on their own.  Scraps cut into 2.5″ squares begin to combine into interesting groups or color combinations, and these groups find fun borders and binding.  I love this process.

Sometimes, when I create a kit, I can’t let go of it and HAVE to make it myself.  Then, I usually finish the whole quilt.  And it does still feel good to know that some child/family will receive this quilt.  I know they really appreciate these cuddly comfort quilts that our guild donates to a wide variety of deserving non-profits.

The latest two—

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Still have three more kits that I could  sew now, but I think it’s time to get those last 40 triangles sewn (if they actually ARE the last triangles; I almost never know).

Enjoy.





Sewing for the Children’s Quilt Project

5 06 2015

I am soooo totally still into the just-sit-down-and-sew mood, and this time for a different reason.

It is because I am so busy organizing fabric donations and kit construction for my quilt guild’s volunteer effort, the Children’s Quilt Project (more info here),  and I have consequently felt as though I did not have time to work on my own quilts.

Since this other work in non-sewing, I have sneaked into the studio and grabbed time to sew on quick and easy projects that I can finish in a shorter period of time.

Here’s the gallery of items I’ve made since the last post:

From triangle scraps donated by EBHQ-er Judy J, an actual finished quilt—-

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I quilted and bound this lovely top sewn (from a kit I put together) by another EBHQ member—-

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Sorting through all the donations of fabrics to the Project, I found a large bin half full of 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.  I played with these for a while, and came up with a few quilt tops—-

A Christmas Chinese Coin Variation—-

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A Sideways Christmas Chinese Coin—-

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A Christmas Rail Fence—-

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A Somber Rail Fence—-

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A Purple Rail Fence—-

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A Brickwork—-

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Two Stripes—-

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And one large Four Patches with Half Square Triangles—-

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That’s all for now.

 

 





Quilters who feel stuck, More Postcards

19 07 2013

Pretty simple quilt, huh?  But this particular quilt is very important.

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Here’s the story:

Writers have “writer’s block”, but “quilter’s block” doesn’t sound right for the stuckness a quilter experiences around not feeling motivated to work on the current projects.

“Quilter’s quandary” suggests being stuck when confronted with a difficult situation, and that’s not quite what was happening to me during the last few weeks.  I think I’ll call my malady “Restive Sewlessness”.  Thankfully, it did not turn out to be chronic.

I was at the beginning of  a new major project, and when I started putting pieces on the design wall, the choices that I thought would be perfect turned out to be ever so NOT perfect.  So I got stuck and did not want to work on this project or any other for a while.

Not having had the Sewlessness in quite some time, I had to develop new strategies to get out of this unproductive funk??  I tried the following:

—Making a list of all of the current projects, to see if there was anything that I could find the creative energy to tackle.  The list included 23 unfinished projects, all started and worthy of completion.  This list did not help the current situation.

—Organizing and cleaning my studio, and sorting my fabric and supplies.  If I wasn’t working on a project, I could at least play with fabrics, etc.  Always a good idea.

—Just sewing something, anything.  I made three kits from squares leftover from making previous kits for EBHQ’s Children’s Quilt Project and just started sewing them together.

This third choice did the trick.  In about a week, I sewed three small quilt tops (like the one above)  quilted and bound them all, and also quilted someone else’s quilt top.  It really seemed to help that I was working on quilts that were not too “precious”, but merely ones that we hope some kids will love.

Now I’m back on track, moving forward, slowly but deliberately.  It feels great to have the energy back.

Postcards

Just so there are some fun pix on this site this week, here are a few of the latest postcards made by EBHQ members.  I’ll put them in the EBHQ Postcards Gallery, too.

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I hope this postcard project is fun for all who try it.  I’m loving the results, and I know the Guild is appreciating the efforts.