I think it was in February that I saw the Hands 2 Help post by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I signed up thinking it would be an easy finish for me because there was already plans for a family quilting bee in early March to make quilts for charity - we were hoping for 3! But poor winter weather a a terrible cold interfered, so the weekend was postponed :(
I kinda forgot about my commitment, until I got an email reminder in late April. Fortunately there was also a very helpful blog post that day for a simple quilt - the Maybe Quilt by Linda Swanekamp of Art in Search.
I love the name of this pattern! Linda called it the Maybe Quilt because:
-You don't think you have any extra time to cut something out and make it by the deadline
-You only make complicated quilts that take up most of your energy
-You have a hard time with multiple blocks and steps
-You can't go and buy any fabric just now
-You are a new or inexperienced quilter
-You don't have the colors you want
-You hate making borders
-You don't think someone might like what you make
-You like what you see but you would tweak it with ...
-You just want to try something without a big investment of time and money
-You could try one
Since I was on a tight timeline, and I am on a fabric purchase embargo, I used fabrics from my shelves. I won this package of Northcott Stonehenge strips over a year ago and they've been patiently waiting for me to break the seal. I love the earthy colours, but there wasn't a pattern that I loved enough to make for myself.
The batik I chose for the edges was a clearance fabric from Connecting Threads that has been at least 1.5 years on my shelf. The golden brown over print matches the Northcott fabric perfectly! I was very pleased too - I had less than a yard of the batik and I got exactly enough 2.5 inch strips out of it.
I of course, had very little time to work on a quilt - work, craft fairs and a new online class have taken over my life. This quilt was so fast - literally 10 hours from cutting to binding! I took it to my weekly quilting club and in 3 afternoons of about 6.5 hours sewing, I had the top and back of the quilt pieced - Yay!!
I am totally not a member of the quilt police. I use the fabric with the colour and texture that I want for my quilt. In this case, I loved this plaid tablecloth that has been in my fabric collection for at least 5 years. It was the perfect width for the top, but a tad short, so I searched my shelves for some complimentary fabrics.
I'm not sure where I got the orange and green batik from, but I love it. Unfortunately I only have enough leftover for three 8inch squares...The green pinwheel fabric is from Connecting Threads, again a clearance deal from about two years ago. I love that company, and their prices are phenomenal!
I kept the label simple. I couldn't remember the name of the quilt pattern when I was writing, so I left some space. I'd better finish the label as soon as I sign off today so I don't forget!
I didn't want to make a quilt to be looked at, I want this to be used! I decided on a simple meander at about 1 inch spacing to keep a soft but well constructed quilt.
I'm sending this quilt off to the Yukon Women's Transition Home in northern Canada. I really hope whoever receives this quilt will feel comfort and peace.
I'm so glad that I joined up with over 100 others to make quilts for those in need. There's a great linky party over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, so take a look at all the quilty love being shared.
This is my first charity quilt finish, and I'm so happy to have completed it on time, under budget and with such a lovely look to it. It's a wonderful feeling to make something this beautiful for someone who will appreciate it.
Linking up with Hands 2 Help, TGIFF,
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!