Leftover follow-up and donations

15 05 2020

All the leftovers from the UFO donation described in the previous post made only a small stack of strips, so I found this cute multicolored print in my stash and made just one more child-sized quilt from this color family.

A fun finale to this use-up-the-scraps project and a nice diversion for me.

And when that one was finished I had time to stitch and quilt one of the kits that I had made up, simple and fun.

And just one more . .

I had taken a bundle of coordinated fabrics that Sandi Cummings had put together for our First Place for Youth volunteer group.  I liked the bundle but did not know what I was going to do with it.

Then I remembered the quilt that fellow volunteer and quilter extraordinaire Becky Keck was making from piles of leftover from her previous projects.  This quilt pattern seems to work with any grouping of fabrics that have even the slightest color or pattern relationship with each other.

I played around with the fabrics, added a few more from my collection, and finished all in one day. These rectangles are 6″ by 8″ finished, so it cuts and sews in no time.

I hope this one will eventually find a good home with one of the First Place clients.

Stay well and keep sewing.

 

 





Fun with solids

10 04 2020

 

This is another story about finishing projects that other quilters have started.

Our EBHQ volunteer group received a donation of a pile of finished blocks, a small finished quilt top and a bag of pre-cut strips, all in bright solids.  Also donated was her pattern, Tiki Temple, a Disappearing Log Cabin by Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef.  (See all of Natalie’s patterns and more Here.)  Although many blocks were sewn, our Mystery Quilter did not finish the Tiki Temple pattern.

Enter me, the lover of leftovers and orphan projects, ready to accept this challenge, especially as I am sheltering-in-place.  The challenge for me was that I rarely work with all solids, save for a random Amish attempt or two.

First, I quilted the small quilt top into one for our Children’s Quilt Project, using random leftover strips for the binding.:

Then, wanting to take the easy route, and admittedly not much of a challenge, I sewed the finished blocks together in a simple pattern different from Natalie’s, and I really like this version.  MQ’s choice of adding white for the centers makes this whole thing so bright and cheery.  This one will be donated to my First Place for Youth project for quilting.

 

 

Next, since there were still fabric strips leftover (that magic word again!), I used another First Place pattern, this time Strip It Three Ways Pattern, a fun pattern, available at Annie’s Craft Store. This is definitely where the challenge part became real.

I’m nuts about how this turned out, fun and cheery, just the color palette I need to be working with these days. This one is also destined for First Place for Youth.

And, buckle up, leftover fans, there are still a scant few strips LEFTOVER, and I have found a bright kid’s print to coordinate with them, so stay tuned;  there is one more child-sized piece in the works.

One donation makes four quilts; that’s a big win for us.  Many, many thanks to our Mystery Quilter.

 





Procrastination

21 07 2017

I have been so good at putting off my major projects that I have three more donation quilts to share.

Yup, it’s sheer procrastination, but still a lot of sewing fun.

Let’s start with some purple squares, leftovers from previous kits and other projects, collected until there are enough to fill a whole child-sized quilt:

All Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

And more purple squares . . . .

All Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

And my new favorite, made from a donated Dr Seuss fabric that was a true challenge to work with.  I love this one.

Dr Seuss #1, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

These three quilts are important in one other, personal way;  I have been keeping track of the number of quilts I have made and the tally has just exceeded 300.   Pretty cool.

 





Fast and easy quilts for donation

14 07 2017

Working on major projects is laborious sometimes, so I’m showcasing here all the little projects I do to help me keep my sanity as I work through the larger endeavors.

Yup, more child-sized quilts for donation to EBHQ’s program that distributes quilts to a wide variety of worthy not-for-profit organizations here in the Bay Area.

Here’s what has been made in the long hiatus I have taken from this site:

 

Lavender Cats, 2017
36″ x 42″

 

A kind EBHQ member donated this fabulous red fabric, covered with different black and white lambs, all of whom are knitting.  I could not resist finishing this kit myself.

All Red Squares, 2017
36″ x 42″

I was equally inspired by this crazy cat fabric, although it took a little while to figure out how to use this one.

Purple Cats, Detail

 

Purple Cats, 2017
36″ x 42″

The leftovers from another project . . . .

Yellow Triangles II, Leftovers, 2017
40″ x 41.5″

And then another guild member donated a huge piece of this fabulous baby animals fabric:

 

The fabric piece was large enough for me to make all five of these.  Sooo fun I could not stop.

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#4

And #5

That’s it for now.

 





In the meantime . . . . .

31 03 2017

While I’m in the process of quilting recently finished quilt tops and planning new projects, I fill the time when I just want to sit down and sew with these simple quilts for  EBHQ’s donation programs.  This helps give me the feeling of getting things DONE, since some of the other quilter tasks take quite a while.

Here are a few of the latest crib quilts:

Just because I loved putting these happy fabrics together—–

Just because I love purple and all these scraps from previous projects seemed to jump together—–

Just because someone donated this marvelous Keiko Goke fabric—–

(Yup, love it!)

Just because I found this great cat fabric on the sale table—–

Crazy cats!!

That’s all for now.

Just because.

 

 





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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Detail

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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—-

Judy'sScraps

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

AllSquares

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—-

ChineseCoinVariation

A Sideways Christmas Chinese Coin—-

ChristmasCoinsSideways

A Christmas Rail Fence—-

ChristmasRailFence

A Somber Rail Fence—-

RailFence1

A Purple Rail Fence—-

RailFence2

A Brickwork—-

OffsetRectangles

Two Stripes—-

Stripes2

Stripes3

And one large Four Patches with Half Square Triangles—-

RedBlackDiagonals

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.