12 Apr

Charity Quilts

Scrap blocks

C of the Friday morning hand quilting group (that’s as much about delicious food and good company as it’s about actual sewing or quilting) has asked the eight of us to each make 18 little blocks from scraps which she will sew together. We will donate the finished quilt to our guild to raffle off for charity. C loves tiny pieces and I thought this block was going to take forever, so I put it of and put it off. Our deadline is approaching so I finally got my blocks done yesterday. With a jump start of half-sewn leftovers from a few who were more industrious than I, it actually didn’t take long. I’m excited to see this big with all our blocks together!

Strippy Aqua Quilt

Speaking of charity, the puffy, strippy, quilt is done and will go to Landstuhl Medical Center with a handful of other quilts that Quilted Chaos, the American quilting group here, has made. Landstuhl not only serves US service members stationed in Europe, but it is also the halfway stop between the field hospital in Baghdad and Walter Reed Medical Center in the US. When wounded service members make the trip from Landstuhl to Walter Reed it is most often on a military transport plane, which may have more legroom than coach, but lacks all other comforts. TS&WGH assures me that donated quilts are usually given to these people to help warm and cushion the trip.

Before I moved here, Quilted Chaos had cut a bajillion 5-inch squares of donated fabrics and has slowly been making quilts from them ever since. There was a flurry of activity two or three years ago in which I think a handful of quilts were finished and delivered. The quilts pictured were older tops that were recently quilted by one member and bound by myself and a few others. I sewed the labels on today.

Quilted Chaos Charity Quilts

There’s still a bunch of squares though and I was inspired to use some of them up. I have been seeing the “Disappearing 9-Patch” block around the internet lately and it struck me as appropriate for our squares as well as being big impact for little effort patchwork. Quilts and ATCs (via Sew Mama Sew) has a nice tutorial. In order to keep the quilt a little cohesive, M, keeper of the 5″ squares was kind enough to separate out all the blues and greens and oranges for me. Fabric pusher that she is, she not only cut out more orange squares (since there weren’t enough in the box) but she added more greens. Now I have extras to put back in the box — but a dent has been made in the pile.

The humble 9-Patch (12ers, check out the water fabric)

Dull you say? Never fear….

9-Patches cut into fourths

Schnipp Schnapp and a bit more sewing and by the end of the day I had a vibrant scrap quilt top to add to the pile.

Finished Disappearing 9-Patch top

I arranged mine a bit differently than the tutorial — I liked the larger, uncut squares together in 4-Patch units. As much as I like finishing projects, I wouldn’t start them in the first place if I didn’t enjoy the process. So, in deference to the process, I also left one 9-Patch uncut.

I’ll quilt this one later, but for now it’s back to hand quilting houses and roots.

8 thoughts on “Charity Quilts

  1. I do love that disapearing 9 patch because of the great impact for relatively little patch”work”. Great quilts for a fantastic cause!

  2. I love what you did with that last quilt. This is something I miss – the making of charity quilts. There is something very rewarding about making these quilts – the community involved, the greenness of using the scraps and the beauty of the whole experience.

  3. thanks so much for what you’ve done Kristin. I enjoyed my experience last year donating to Quilts of Valor. Our group made quilts for military re-hab here in San Antonio and Military Women’s trauma center in Colorado. It gave e a lot of pleasure to imagine my quilts giving someone comfort. Later this year I plan on a couple of more being ready. Can’t wait to see how the houses and roots are going to turn out.

  4. Thanks for carrying through on this. The love, time and effort that goes into the quilts means as much as the warmth that they provide.

    Since the torch was passed to you – have you found someone to take it up now that you are leaving?

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