Thursday, July 2, 2015

Charity Quilts

 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!

16 comments:

  1. What great charity quilt ideas. Years ago I worked in nursing homes. The residents will be thrilled!

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  2. Great quilts, I do enjoy doing quilts for elders, how nice of your mom to set such a goal!

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  3. That is a wonderful idea...the quilts you have made are fantastic!!

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  4. This is a great idea. I grew up in your area and would love a donate a quilt top.

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  5. Love your quilts. I like the patterns and will add them to my hundreds of "I would like to do that".

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  6. I think that you work faster than a speeding bullet! : )

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  7. All these are just fantastic! Great finishes!

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  8. Great job on moving from scraps to beautiful quilts!

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  9. You don't waste time getting going on a project!
    The four squared quilt looks great with those fabrics. It is wonderful when you can use something you already have and can turn out such a wonderful quilt.
    Love your plans for the next one too with the same fabrics.
    The browns and blues are a great success, too. Such a simple design but very effective.

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  10. The first two are great scrapbuster patterns, and the third is for a more reserved person. Each will make someone happy. Good luck in making enough. I do charity quilts for an online guild and two local guilds. knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

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  11. Hey Tanya, This is Priscilla C from SD! I can't believe I found you & your blog! Love reading it. You're still going strong, I see! Sounds like you've made a wonderful life in CO. Ellen & I still see each other pretty often. She's in Europe,coming home in a couple of days. I'm getting ready to retire next June. Can hardly wait! Still doing lots of quilting. Hope to hear from you soon.

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  12. Hi Tanya, what a great use of charm squares and smaller squares. I also love the brown and blue quilt (strangely enough because these are not "my" colours). Very nice, and such a good use for scraps!

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  13. Tanya, I might have a top to donate for your nursing home project. Would you email me so I can ask you questions about the size you're looking for, etc. Thanks.
    slbook3@aol.com

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  14. Great idea for charity quilts. You have done a wonderful job with charm squares.

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  15. Great quilts! Its always fun to find patterns to fit the fabric bits that you have or have been given, isn't it?

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  16. Your Charity Quilts are just awesome, you are so generous.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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