My fabric stash was getting too huge with left over pieces from other quilts. So, it was time to make a few quilts to be donated to our charity group.
These two were made with simple 6-1/2" squares and 2-1/2" strips of color and white. They measure 54" wide x 66" long and were made mostly with purple and blue fabrics. Our group often asks for quilts that are appropriate for boys and men, and I think that these will fill that need. In fact, I almost always make donation quilts with the males in mind.
Using a variety of scrap fabrics, cut 50 each 6-1/2” squares
for the solid blocks.
After 6-1/2” squares are cut, use the scraps to cut 2-1/2”
wide strips, at least 6-1/2” long or as long as WOF. You will need enough for 50 pieces, but don’t
cut them all into 6-1/2” pieces unless you have to. It’s much easier to work with long strips and
cut them to length later.
Cut 2-1/2’ widths of white fabric at WOF. If you’re using scraps, cut the strips as
long as you can.
Sew the white strips to the 2-1/2” colored strips, with
white strips on the top and bottom of the colored strip. Press towards the colored strip. Cut into 6-1/2” x 6-1/2” blocks. You need 50.
Layout and sewing the top
Lay out the quilt blocks in a setting of 9 blocks x 11
blocks. Make sure that the solid blocks
are at all the corners and alternate the strip set blocks with the solid
Sew each row separately and press towards the colored
Sew the rows together and press these long seams in one direction.
Finish stay stitching
Stitch about 1/8” to ¼” from the edges to secure all the
seams, since there are no borders.
I hope that you also find some time to make quilts for those in need. Perhaps you are already in a quilt group that collects and donates them in your community.