In one of my recent blog wanderings, I came across the blog of Amylouwho, hostess of Sew & Tell Fridays, where those like her, with "obsessive creative disorder" can share their finished sewing projects for the week. I'm happy to be joining in for the first time today!
A couple of weeks ago, a quilting friend issued a challenge to our online group to make a donation quilt for Quilts for Kids, a charity dedicated to providing quilts to children in need. I love making small quilts, especially for kids, so I was thrilled to learn about this charity, and couldn't wait to get started on a quilt. In the past week, I have finished two Quilts for Kids quilts, and look forward to making more in the future. What a great charity!
Now, I've been blessed to have others remember my quilting obsession when clearing out their fabric stashes in the past, so I've had boxes of fabric donated to my stash. It can sometimes be a challenge to work with various sized pieces, and to find prints that work together, but this first quilt came together like magic. It was definitely meant to be -- a Disappearing Nine-Patch, in Noah's Ark coordinates.
Here is the finished quilt:
And though I had to piece together the backing to make it work, I'm happy with how well it turned out. There was just enough to do the job! Best of all, every part of this quilt, even the batting, was donated to me. How great to be able to "pay it forward" in this way. :o)
For the next quilt, I wanted to do something in pink, but found that I didn't have much in the way of pink children's prints, so I went for a scrappy look instead, using lots of different rosy-pink prints. Some of these fabrics go way back. My mom made me a skirt from one of them, back in the eighties. LoL
This is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter (in my opinion, The Queen of Scrap Quilts), called Fun with Bricks. Such a great looking pattern, and it goes together super fast. Here's the finished quilt:
And a peek at the backing:
And I couldn't really call the project "finished" if I didn't get the quilts mailed off (easily the least fun part). The two quilts fit in a USPS flat rate box, though I'm thinking it may have been less expensive to go with First Class mail. I'll have to check that out next time...
And that's my Friday Sew & Tell! I've been on a bit of a quilting spree lately, and no, I do not normally finish two quilts in a week, but I definitely got on a roll with these. LoL If you're interested in quilting for charity, Quilts for Kids is a great way to go. They have patterns at the site, and you can even order a quilt kit, at no cost, if you don't have the fabric required. Check it out!
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