Hi quilty friends! I long arm quilted this lap quilt on Monday and machine bound it too. It is Shangri-La Four Squared. My mother is organizing a charity quilt drive for one of our local nursing homes http://www.voa.org/senior_living_and_care_facilities/valley-manor-care-center
She is trying to get 62 quilts--12 for the males and 50 for the females. These are long term and memory care patients, many of whom do not have family who visit them. The goal is to give them as Christmas gifts this year.
This quilt was made using a free pattern designed by Polly Monica found here http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/02/
I used a bunch of Moda Shangri-La scraps. I quilted a five petal flower in each large square and loops all over. For those of you who have followed my blog for the past two years, you know I struggle with my long arm quilting skills!!! But, I have to say this is my best effort yet.
I tried to quilt it pretty thoroughly as it will probably be washed often.
After washing. this one shrank down to 58 inches square darn it! But, it will work fine and hopefully provide a quilty hug to a nursing home resident.
I had so many Shangri-La scraps left that I added a few more fabrics in and made this top. It is just 16 patch blocks with alternating pinwheel blocks. The taupe color I used was a buy at the local fabric store and makes it soothing. I have not quilted this one yet, but it is on my to do list. Practice make perfect!
Monday after I finished quilting Shangri-La Four Squared, my mom was showing me some 2.5 strips of fabric that had been donated. I grabbed one of each and cut some more from my stash and her stash to make this top.
It is this pattern--Wistful. It uses 40 2.5 inch strips and 1.5 yards of a background fabric. This pattern was very inexpensive $2 and is a quick and easy lap quilt design that finishes 57 x 72 inches. I even have a good backing that will work with it from my stash.
Believe it or not, I have never made a Bonnie Hunter quilt. After looking at her free patterns you can find here http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/free-patterns.html, I settled on this design Boxy Stars. I am digging into my over flowing scrap bins and cutting some happy fabrics to make one for this charity quilt drive. I also need to get out in my garage and dig for some unfinished tops to contribute. This is a great way to purge some scraps and UFO projects.
If you are interested in donating a top or a completed lap quilt please leave me a comment with your email if you are a no reply blogger or email me directly at mcsdces19(at)gmail(dot)com Ideally, these lap quilts would be 60 inches square or larger. Please help us if you can! Thanks!