bags of strips
I had a bag of strips (different widths) that I decided to use to make a baby quilt. I thought that I would use up most of the strips in the bag but I still have lots of strips for another baby quilt. I made 16 squares of batting and backing (about 11″ squares). I used left over pieces of flannel for the backing.
I still have lots of flannel scraps left for another quilt. I used the same blue fabric for the center stripe on each square. I decided to just use blue and green strips for this quilt. I trimmed the squares to about 10.5″. I used green and blue strips to piece the squares together using quilt as you go technique (see Leah Day video quilt as you go on you tube). I just found another quilt as you go technique on Missouri Star Quilter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Tm7oyIDNo). There are lots of resources on youtube with tutorials on quilt as you go. Give it a try. The finished quilt is a more than 40″ x 40″ square. I think I will be making a yellow and green quilt next. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I looked on pinterest for inspiration for a quilt with polaroid squares (I had about 160 polaroid squares to play with). I liked the wonky blocks and the multi-color blocks. So I found my bag of fabric scraps of Kona solids leftover from the class on the Gravity quilt pattern at the shop I worked at. I cut 1.5″ and 2.5″ wide strips of assorted colors. I sewed the 1.5″ strips on the top and bottom of each polaroid and the 2.5″ wide strips on the sides. Then I made a 5″ square template which I placed at an angle of the block to cut the wonky blocks. I positioned some blocks angled to the top left corner and some to the top right corner. I made 80 wonky blocks. Next I stitched 4 blocks together to make a 4 patch for a total of 20 blocks. My plan was to use the 20 blocks to make a 4 x 5 block quilt but the quilt was getting too big for a charity baby quilt so I only used 16 four patches. I put a 1.5″ sashing between the rows and 2.5″ border around all the rows. The finished size is about 44″ square. I have not quilted the top yet. I really like all the colors in the quilt – very happy. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Our quilt guild donates baby quilts to the Neo-natal wing of the local hospital. Our guild gives out quilt kits (fabric, batting and pattern) to make these baby quilts. I picked up the “mystery” baby quilt with no pattern and just the fabric. I looked at the pre-cut pieces and couldn’t figure out a pattern. So I added some of my fabric and decided to make a modified Chinese Coins quilt pattern. I added white fabric for the sashing between the rows to brighten up the quilt. I used my walking foot to straight line quilt the baby quilt. I like the design of the quilt and the bright colors. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I went to a quilt workshop last month to make baby quilts for a local hospital. I really enjoyed working with the animal print fabric. Quilt kits were supplied with backing and batting for all the quilters at the workshop. The committee makes up different quilt kits for each of their workshops. It was a fun half day workshop to quilt top with some of our quilter friends from the guild. Just heard at our last guild meeting that our guild has made more than 200 baby quilts for the hospital (our goal for the year was 200). Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna