My mom is leading a charity quilt drive for one of our nursing homes in our town. She would like to gather enough lap quilts for each resident to receive one for Christmas...Details are being worked out, but she had received some fabric donations and put some kits together. I noticed she had a charm pack of Shangri-La by 3 Sisters for Moda along with a cream background. Then I remembered, I had inherited a big ziplock bag full of cut up Shangri-La fabric from my sister. Most of what was in there were charm squares and 2.5 x 5 inch rectangles. I have no idea what it was supposed to be, but I think she had cut up most of a jelly roll.
I hit the internet looking for a quick pattern and found this design Four Squared by Polly Monica aka Aunt Polly http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/02/four-squared-quilt.html
She shows the quilt made with 2.5 inch strips, but I used my 2.5 x 5 inch rectangles and sewed them together and then sliced them in half horizontally and pieced loads of 4 patches. Then, I combined those into 16 patches. I made my quilt slightly smaller than the tutorial with 49 blocks, 25 16 patches and 24 square blocks. I added a 4.5 inch border and picked up enough of the border fabric for the backing.
I have enough Shangri-La fabrics left to probably eek out another quilt with maybe adding in a little more fabric. I was thinking of 16 patches and pinwheels like this quilt.
She also had some brown and blue fabrics, so I cut off some 3.5 inch strips from those and then came home and dug into my stash for some more. I made this simple brick style quilt with 3.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles. I added a 5.5 inch brown border bought at the discount fabric shop for under $3 a yard, I have enough for the binding too. I have a tan fabric in my stash that I think I can use for a backing. I am going to get my backings together and get ready to long arm quilt these.
If you are interested in donating a completed quilt or a top for this charitable endeavor leave me a comment and include your email if you are no reply blogger. Thanks!