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I had a long list of goals for this month; other than prep for and teach the Cut and Shuffle class, everything else has changed.
I'm a member of the Charity Committee in PCQ. Each member has a role, and mine is planning for sew days when we'll be making Kid quilts in March, 2-1/2" strip (jelly roll) quilts for adults in April, and quilts for older boys in May. So I took a careful look at the fabrics the club has available and tried to figure out what we can do with what we have. We have lots of dark and dated prints suitable for adults, lots of florals, some juvenile prints, and a few themed or novelty prints like fishing, vegetables, etc. What we don't have much of is light neutrals, and without light colors for contrast, it's almost impossible to make any pattern work. So I talked with the chair of the committee, and she ordered some flat fold cuts of light neutrals.
Last month I presented some simple patten concepts to the committee, and I've been writing them up so we can use them for kits for sew days. Members of the committee are pattern testing, and I've made the first two samples as well. The plan is to post them on the club's website so everyone has access to them; they can download a PDF and use them as needed.
The first pattern the committee liked is simple color bars arranged in a basketweave pattern. We have such a random collection of fabrics in all sizes, so this will work well for us to die cut and kit up. It works for kids and adults.
So I raided my 2-1/2" strip drawer, pulled a few more scraps to cut, and also used a couple of strips from Carla.
Easy chain piecing and blocks came together quickly.
Apologies in advance for photos with bad lighting; it's hard to get good outdoor photos here, either too much sun, sun from the wrong angle, or deep shade. The wind doesn't help. Here's my color bars sample top:
This is the adult size, 60 x 80, using 2-1/2" strips and blocks that finish at 10". We ought to be able to make quite a few kits for this with the resources we have available, using a die cutter for making strips.
Here's and indoor shot, but the colors look a bit dull.
The second pattern is for kid quilts, and we'll be using this one in March to make kits. Again, a basketweave layout because it's fast and easy and results in a nice looking quilt.
This one uses strips cut at 2" wide, and we can die cut these when we make up kits. The blocks finish at 7-1/2" so we can get close to the preferred sizes of 45" x 60" (kid large) or 36" x 45" (kid small). The smaller kid quilt here will be 37-1/2" x 45", close enough.
I made a sample of the small size using fabrics from my stash: a lilac print with sheep, a lilacy-grey Carolyn Friedlander texture, and a creamy white.
This pattern can be made very scrappy which would be like an Eye Spy quilt, but the only kid print I had in my stash is this one. So this is the two-print version. The piecing came together very quickly.
This will work well enough for a teaching sample when we make kits, but I think the kits we make will end up much scrappier than this.
As we cut the large pieces (5" x 8") for this pattern from the kid prints in our stash, we can cut strips for the other patterns from leftover pieces that are too small, so we can make the best use of what we have.
I have to close with an outdoor shot taken at about 11:30am yesterday. Look at that blue sky!!! We had a little bit of rain one night earlier this week; it must have been enough to wash all the dust and pollution out of the air.
Anyway, back to the patterns for the charity quilts -
A couple of the girls on the committee have been pattern testing. So far so good. The plan is to have all four patterns ready to post to the website and send them all to the webmaster at the same time so she can deal with them all at once. The other two patterns will also involve strips, because that's how we can make the best use of the variety of fabrics the club has. Stay tuned...
If you would like a PDF of either of these patterns for charitable use, leave a comment and be sure to include your email address.
Those are great patterns for charity quilts. I would love a copy of the first pattern please. I bought a bunch of 2 1/2" strips at an estate sale last summer and wasn't sure what to do with them., now I know! Thank you!
Great ideas all around! The rectangle with side strips seems to be a popular motif recently. I've done it both as solids in the middle with pieced strips and pieced rectangles with solid strips. The effect when alternated is mesmerizing.ReplyDelete
Please put me on your list. I always am looking for charity quilt ideas as my family has enough quilts but I just love to sew.Thanks Darlene firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Great charity quilt ideas.ReplyDelete
I would love the patterns! Thank you! Another good block takes just 2 wof 2 1/2” strips and do a 16 patch block. I donated 2 kids size 16 patch quilts to my local PD department. email@example.comReplyDelete
Yes, please send a copy of your patterns. I make lots of charity quilts as well. ThanksReplyDelete
Great ideas for charity quilts. We have started making kits for the members to take home and finish up. Would appreciate copies of both patterns. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I make lots of charity quilts and would love a copy of your patterns!ReplyDelete
Jan, I would love a PDF of each of your patterns. I chair a charity group that makes comfort quilts for the Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Care and Treatment centre and we are always looking for patterns to make the most of our stash. We make kits annually and host a guild wide bee in October and work the rest of the year getting the quilts quilted. Thank you! Janice (dot) Snell (at) gmail (dot) comReplyDelete
What a fun day you will have creating those beautiful quilts!!ReplyDelete
I am currently working on a quilt to send to Kentucky for the people that lost everything in the tornado last month. I would love to make more and your patterns would be great to use. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I make a lot of charity quilts and would love to have a copy of your patterns. Thank youReplyDelete
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I would love to have a copy of your patterns. I am working on quilts for the hospice house, and these look like great patterns. Thank you!! E mail: IronLftr10atyahoodotcomReplyDelete
Jan, I lead a group in Australia which makes lots of community quilts. I would love a PDF of your patterns to add to those we make. (Actually we don’t have organised patterns for the group as yet, we all just do our own thing, but I can see that this would be a wonderful thing to do) . Thanks very much, JaneReplyDelete
I would like both patterns please, the quilt sizes and strip widths are perfect for donation quilts. Thanks, DebraReplyDelete
Nice that you use the same blocks to make different sizes. My guild makes quilts for both adults and children. Your instructions are clear and easy to read. Would love a pdf of both patterns. Thanks! My email is: firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I do a lot of charity quilting for the Salt Lake City chapter of quilts for kids. Feel free to use our patterns - many are familiar. Here’s a link:ReplyDelete
Jan, I sew with an outreach group with our guild here in CA. I would love a pdf of the patterns for our files. They are perfect for kids, which is the age group we donate to. Thank you for your generosity. my email is blpcruzn@comcast dot netReplyDelete
I would love to have a copy of both of these patterns. I was given a lot of donation fabric to use for charity quilts, and these look perfect. I would have thought that Blogger would let the blog owner see comment emails, but if they don't here is mine: email@example.comReplyDelete
I would love the pdf patterns! My church sewing group makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief and these are just the right size. Thank youReplyDelete
Here in Smithfield VA we have The Angel Quilters, we provide quilts to children in need and we sponsor a bi-monthly charity sew at our local quilt shop, Sunshine Quitlts. These patterns would be perfect for our purpose!ReplyDelete
Thanks for offering to share your patterns. I belong to a quilt guild, Seabreeze Quilters in NH and we have a "comfort quilt" committee. We make and donate quilts to various causes. I love to get your patterns. firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete