I am excited to say that I have already started a scrappy (did I say scrappy?) quilt for the challenge.
I made this lap quilt for a little cousin back in 2009 while she in treatment for breast cancer at age 24. I had some fabric left and have always wanted to use it for a smaller scrap quilt. But until now, I didn't have an inspiration for how to make it work.
I went through all the scraps and decided that a 2.5 inch block/strip would be the vest way to utilize the fabric with the least waste. I then decided to make a simple 9 patch with an alternating block.
Here is what I came up with...
As you an see from the original pattern, there were lots of small strips and sashings. I had a number of 1.5 inch strips. I even sewed these together and got a couple of 2.5" blocks from each strip.
You can hardly tell they are pieced.
I did have to purchase a couple of yards of neutral for the background. I had plenty of white, or beige, or grey....but nothing that would compliment this fabric line.
Look at these nice pieces left for my borders.
I won't know how big this quilt will be until I run out of 2.5" blocks and figure out how much border fabric I can use.
I am excited to be part of the Hands 2 Help 2018 Challenge.
This is Sarah's 8th year to organize the Hands 2 Help Challenge. There are 3 charities involved this year, 2 in the US and one in Canada.
I'm going to make at least one quilt for the Little Lambs Foundation for Kids and at least one for Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.
Check out Sarah's blog for information on the challenge.
I didn't even realize until I was done...that I had turned the bottom 2 quarters of the quilt. But. It's quilted, bound and hanging up. I'm really diggin' that border. I enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone with more scrappy quilting.
I used the panto, "Allegiance" by Kristen Hoftyzer and white binding.
I had a whole bolt of this light blue patriotic fabric.
I am quilting ahead so when graduation time rolls around, I won't be stitching at the last minute.
In May, it's high school graduation for an Idaho ranch kid that has grown into a wonderful young man.
I asked a family member what his favorite color was and she told me it was maroon. When I looked through all my flannel backings, I remembered I had the perfect color!
I had this large 62x90 piece of maroon flannel.
All I had to do is make the top to fit with enough room to pin on the frame.
I have about 14-15 more quilts left in this pile of denim.
Years ago, I started "deboning" every pair of jeans that came into my studio. I know there are lots of super cute quilts with pockets, zippers, etc. But I only use the main part of the legs because that's what I can quilt over with my longarm.
This is all I keep because it is all I use. I trim the leg with my 6.5" ruler, making sure to keep the denim on grain.
You will end up with strips up to 40" depending on the size of the jeans. Then you can sub cut these into any size you want. Easy.
I use a standard 1/4" seam and steam press as I sew each row.
I press all seams open.
I sewed several whole strips end to end and then started cutting them into 58" pieces. (remember, I only had a 62" backing.) As you go, you get uneven ends and this makes it good if you want a random color pattern.
You can see where you want to move the strips to spread out the color. If you sew them all together by twos, then the twos together to make sets of 4 and then the fours together to make a set of 8 strips. Then you only have to wrangle the biggest bulk of the quilt through your Bernina only once.
This is where I like to use up a lot of my random spools of thread. I
I sewed garments for 40 years before I started quilting. I sewed all through my teen years, made all my hubby's shirts, sewed for my kids, you name it, I had a thread color for it. So, I am working my way through a ton of spools for my domestic. I might add that I always do the snap test to make sure each spool of thread is still strong. One of my blues didn't make the cut and I had to toss it.
I don't buy spools anymore, I really love using cones of thread on my Bernina. My hubby made me a thread holder that will work with spools or cones...so I am gradually using up all my collection of spools, you can see a lot of empty space, right?
I just happened to have some yellow flannel for the binding.