Thursday, October 1, 2020

Donation Quilts

 The plaid quilt that I showed last week is going to be part of a local auction to raise funds for hungry kids. While I am in the mood I decided to make some more comfort quilts to give away.

Several years ago I was taken by the striated batiks that were in vogue. I bought so many thinking that I would make landscape quilts or even mock Rail Fence using the stripes in the fabric instead of piecing in stripes as I had done before.  I went through my stash and pulled out ones that I thought would work and of which I had enough. I had purchased smaller pieces and I needed at least a half yard for this purpose. 

These are all going to be 40" x 50" and have to be backed with flannel because they will be used by cancer patients while undergoing chemotherapy. That was the request by the charity that will get these quilts. I went to Joannes this week to take advantage of their sale and picked some yummy flannels to be used as backing.

This is the first top that is pieced. I didn't have enough of that striated fabric to make it 40 x 60, but I had this scrumptious  hand-dyed-look batik in my stash that I thought was perfect. I will back it in a lime green flannel. The center is all made using the same fabric. I paid no attention to where the colors went, just putting them in as I picked them up. It was VERY easy piecing. I cut 5 1/2 squares and sewed them together with no pinning. I did pin when I sewed the rows together. 

Quilt top #2. I had cut those green squares thinking they would be a good border for quilt #1, but I didn't like the look.  So I looked thru my stash to see what they would work with.  Again I had a pretty hand-dyed-look batik for the border. 

The dotted flannel on the left will go with this striated batik that is mostly green with a little bluish  purple.

I thought this coral mottled flannel was a good match for this batik, which has a lot of colors.

Lots going on in this batik and again a nice mottled yellow for the backing. This quilt is on my design wall trying to decide the placement of the squares. Maybe you can help me decide.

Here they are willy-nilly. Just putting the blocks down with no paying attention to the colors. These all came from the same fabric

Here I tried to put the colors together in a pattern. What do you think? I am leaning toward willy-nilly.
This will also need a border, but I don't have anything in my stash that will work. I think I will get a soft yellow of some sort. 

This fabric is very vivid and mostly red with a little hot pink and a little turquoise. I didn't want to do red and thought this hot pink was a good pairing. 

You may ask why am I piecing all the tops and not doing any quilting, When I got into card making and paper crafting I had to bring another table into my studio to hold my BigShot, paper cutter, paper scorer, etc. The only place to put it was in front of my big design wall, which is one whole wall floor to ceiling. But with the table there I only had the space above the table which was not enough for a biggish quilts. So I put the table away for now and will piece all these quilts then I can put the table back and quilt these at my leisure. 

I am linking up with Off the Wall Friday. Go see what some very creative people are up to and leave some comments. We all love comments, including me.


Shannon said...

I love what you're doing with all these stash fabrics. I don't have a huge stash but I do have a fair amount of fabric I bought thinking I'd use it in art quilts and now I've gone a different direction so maybe it's time for some more donation quilts!

Angela said...

I like the patterned configuration!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I vote for willy-nilly on the last quilt blocks. I have some of the streaky multicolor batiks too and I may borrow your idea of fabric choice for a small quilt. I had originally intended to use a striped fabric but the batiks are so much more interesting.

The Inside Stori said...

Fabulous use of fabric and such generous donations!

Gwyned Trefethen said...

You put together the best color combinations. Reading through the comments of others, I'd say you are quite inspirational, too.

Pam said...

That batik is just over the moon special. The effects it creates are spectacular. Your color combinations are very fun.
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