Friday, April 4, 2014

Charity begins at home

I am so happy to say that I have my monthly allotment of charity quilts done and delivered -- for April and for May! That never happens. But, I'm a bit busy with some administrative work and I wanted to make sure that the baby quilts for the hospital got done. And since they were done, they might as well be delivered.  No sense having them here and then maybe forgetting them.

They are certainly varied. The "charity" part is that almost all the fabric was donated by friends and all I had to do was repurpose it. How sweet is that! Free fabric already in triangles or  4patches. Oh, yes, that's my kind of charity.
This quilt and the one below were made with triangles that monkeymamaquilts had leftover from a class we took at our local guild. I have railed about this pattern (instructions were dreadful) and waste of fabric (see what I mean). I won't go into it again, here. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to get her scraps and see what I could do to make them into quilts. The blocks finish at 8.5" or 9", I think.
For both of these, I practiced new "filler" quilting to see if I liked it and if it would work on a larger quilt. The answer for both is "yes" -- but I have some work I need to do to get better.
This little quilt was made from scraps from mom22smartchix and all I had to do is put the squares and 4 patches together. Love that! I practiced random free hand feathers for the quilting. Oh, my -- so much more to do in that area. I think it can work well for a boy or a girl and it's happy.
The owl fabric here is darling and the quilt is actually much cuter than it looks in the picture. The owls were compliments of mom22smartchix and were leftover from a baby quilt she had made for a friend. Because the motifs were big (and cute), I wanted to maximize the fabric and went with larger blocks. I practiced quilting flowers in each block. The flowers were fun and I'll definitely try them again.

So -- charity begins at home and I am fortunate to have a number of "charitable" friends who gift me parts and fabric periodically. I am oh-so-happy to play with them and see what can be done to pass on their blessing to someone else.

I hope your finding blessings along the way this week!

Jan

15 comments:

Wendy Welsh said...

These are all lovely. I left the green one open on my computer and when I returned to the room the four squares were jumping out at me. A very clever design made with great colours.

quiltswithpersonality said...

Beautiful quilts Jan ...love them! Thanks for sharing! Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

Marly said...

Very pretty quilts; the green one is stunning the way the squares dance about. Your quilted flowers on the owl quilt look great.

Glenda said...

Gosh Jan you have been busy, those we owls look so cute, I'm fascinated by the pink and green quilt you made, it is very exciting. Hope you now have time for some sewing for your self. Cheers Glenda

Jessica said...

Very nice work. :)

Kwiltzby Stephanie said...

Fun! I especially like the quilted flowers! Great job - those will be lucky recipients of those quilts!!!

Connie said...

What precious quilts and I really like the feathers on the 4 patch quilt! Thanks for sharing.
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M-R Charbonneau said...

Very nice! Beautiful quilting on them too! I love the optical illusion effect on the first one.

quiltmania said...

Great charity quilts!!!!

Ramona said...

Your quilts will certainly put a smile on a little ones face. I especially like the green and pink quilt. It's made from scraps of another quilt? Fascinating!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

That was great team work. I particularly like the first quilt. The colors are so bright. I'm sure a child will look at it a lot. The way you placed the blocks just draw the eyes.

Schulz Family said...

visiting from crazy mum quilts. I too listed a finish for charity. It is good to craft for a cause. Gorgeous quilting on your quilt

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

All so pretty! My favorite is the one with that lovely gold fabric! :)

Angela Lee said...

Beautiful quilts and to know they are for charity makes them even sweeter!

Tina in Boston said...

Charity does begin at home! Your quilts are gorgeous and I know the recipients will be very happy. Love the red and green one especially!