Update on Habitat for Humanity group project by our quilting bee

Our quilting bee, “Bee Inspired”, had lots of fun making this quilt for Habitat for Humanity donation.  Each member made blocks of different sizes with a beach theme since we live by the coast.  We decided on a quilt design once the squares were completed.  We pieced together sections of the quilt at one of our bee meetings.  Each member was given a section to quilt so that we could use a Quilt as You Go technique to put the quilt sections together.  We used the same backing fabric for each of the sections.  At our last meeting, we put the sections together using a 1″ strip on the front and a folded 1.75″ strip on the backing.  I finished the quilt by adding a binding.  We all love this quilt – it will be hard to give it away but we know that a family will enjoy receiving our quilt for their new home. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna


Scrappy quilt as you go baby quilt

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.

flannel 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

Habitat for Humanity donation quilt – 1 row completed

At our last bee meeting, we decided on a layout for our quilt with the completed blocks.  Mary and Terri stitched the blocks together in rows and sections while LouAnn and I pressed and trimmed the blocks. Then each person took home a section to quilt. At the next meeting we plan to put the rows/sections together using sashing and a “quilt as you go” technique. Before I could quilt my row, I had to “redo” my block that had 3 beach houses on it.  The block was too big for the row so I had to lose one of the houses.  I cut out the other 2 houses so I could re-use them on the new quilt block.  I changed the sky from white to blue for the new block and added a palm tree.  I tried to line up the sand on my block so it would match the other two blocks.

My redesigned block

Then I stitched the blocks together to make a row. I quilted the row using free motion quilting for the sky and a walking foot making curved lines for the sand areas.  At our next bee meeting, we will attach the rows with sashing. Can’t wait to see all the sections put together. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Bee Project – Habitat for Humanity charity quilt (in progress)

Here are my blocks for our Quilt Bee’s Habitat for Humanity charity quilt (that Donna discussed in the previous post).

Mary’s blocks. The bottom 3 are paper pieced blocks.

I had fun making these blocks (particularly the dog house block with the scottie) and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s blocks.

Happy Stitchin’


Habitat for Humanity charity quilt in progress

Our quilting bee decided to make a charity quilt sponsored by our local quilt guild for Habitat for Humanity homes built in our area.  We wanted to make a fun quilt with a beach theme since we live near the beach. Some of the blocks are paper pieced and others are pieced or use machine appliqué. There are 4 members in our group so we all made blocks using several sizes that would make it easier to fit the blocks together into a quilt.  At our next meeting we are going to finalize our quilt designs with all the blocks that we have made. Then we will divide the quilt into 4 sections to be quilted by individual members. At the following meeting we wil put the quilt sections together using “quilt as you go”. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt. The photos in this post are the blocks that I made.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Quilt of Valor round robin project

I decided to try the Round Robin quilting bee project earlier this year.  To start this project, a person in the bee puts a random “leftover” block in a plastic bag.  Members can choose a bag and then add a border.  Once the border is added, the project goes back in the plastic bag for a different member to choose and add a border.  This is the first time that I picked up a bag – my bag was for a Quilt of Valor.  I added the last row using piano keys design.  I had lots of small strips of fabric leftover from other red/white/ and blue quilts.  I sewed the strips together and then cut the strips to fit the sides of the quilt to make the next border.  I will pass this quilt top to the another member at our next meeting.  I think that the quilt is looking good.  Once the quilt is completed, it will be donated to one of the charity projects at the quilt guild. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Polaroid quilt using Kona solid fabric scraps

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