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,
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.