Monday, July 26, 2021

Charity quilts 2021 - Stripes and red white and blue - Two quilts

I've lost count again on how many charity quilts I've made in 2021.  I turned in a bunch of finished tops and picked up more fabric.  I was especially looking for striped fabric that would go with some of the material that had already been donated to me.  I found this great red, white and blue stripe with a hint of green.  And there was enough to use it all throughout two quilts.

Both of these quilts use just plain old 6" squares.  I cut the striped fabric on the bias and then played around on my design wall with the layout.  There are 11 rows of 13 squares, or a total of 143 squares.  Both quilt tops ended up being 60.5" x 71.5".

I hope you like them! 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Charity Quilt - 2021 - Opposing squares #2

I am still working through the box of material that was given to me by Bonnie Keller.  I previously made this pattern from the overdyed blue fabric.  This one is with two shades of green fabric and solid black, and I call it "Opposing Squares".

It's all made with half square triangles, that started with 6" squares that were sewn together, then trimmed to 5-1/2".  The quilt is 60" x 70".

I hope you like it.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Charity quilt 2021 - brown and gold fabrics - Cross

I've really been on a roll since December in making charity quilts and quilt tops.  I started out using materials and scraps from my stash.  Then I made a bunch with boxes of material that were donated to Clark County Quilters.  Then I got two boxes of fabric from Bonnie Keller's stash.  With each quilt, I'm using a bit of my material too, so my pile is getting smaller.  Which is a good thing.  Most of us stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic really took a good look at our belongings.  And most of us wanted to purge a lot of stuff.  We're almost out of the closures and restrictions, but there are still a lot of places that require masks and people are still being cautious.  Maybe, we will all decide to live with less and whatever our new normal will be when this is all over.

This quilt was made with brown and gold fabrics, with a little bit of tan tossed in.  It was the same pattern that I used for the cross quilt.  Nearly all of the 6" squares were sewn together, then cut apart into half square triangles.  It also used 24 each of 5-1/2" squares for the center cross.

It is 60" x 70".

I hope you like it.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Charity Quilt - Opposing triangles #2

I made a beautiful quilt top from overdyed fabrics from this same pattern (described in an earlier post).  This one was made with brown and tan fabrics from my stash and pink/brown fabrics given to me by Bonnie Keller.  And it's kind of pretty too - but more antique looking than the modern looking one made before.

It was pretty simple to make.  Here's what you need for the 65" x 70" quilt.

From the darkest brown:  13 @ 6" squares; 2 @ 5-1/2" squares; 2 @ 5-1/2 x 15-1/2" strips; 2 @ 5-1/2 x 25-1/2" strips; and 2 @ 5-1/2" x 35-1/2" strips.

From the medium brown:  23 @ 6" squares
From the light brown:  19 @ 6" squares
From the tan: 14 @ 6" squares
From the lighter tan:  6 @ 6" squares
From the pink/brown scraps:  75 @ 6" squares
Sew the brown squares with the pink/brown scraps squares and cut into half square triangles.  
Press towards the brown fabrics.
Trim to 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" squares.
Lay out according to the pictures.
Sew the columns together, pressing each in opposite directions.
Sew the rows together and press all in one direction.
Stay stitch around all the edges.

I hope you like it!

Monday, July 12, 2021

Charity quilt - Modified Cross

This is the same quilt that I posted previously about which I hadn't named, but I think I will call it "Cross". 

For this quilt, I didn't use any overdyed fabric, just the blue that was in the box of fabric donated to me by Bonnie Keller and meant for making charity quilts for men.  I added some red and burgundy fabric that I had in my stash, as well as some Riley Blake striped navy and white fabric that I purchased.

For this quilt you'll need the following:

12 @ 5-1/2” squares of red fabric
12 @ 5-1/2” squares of burgundy fabric
32 @ 6” squares of striped fabric
54 @ 6” squares of blue fabric
40 @ 6” squares of white fabric
18 @ 6” squares of plaid fabric

Sew 18 squares of white with the plaid to make 36 Half square triangles
Sew 22 squares of white with blue to make 44 Half Square triangles
Sew 32 of the blue squares with the striped to make 64 Half square triangles
Press towards the darker side
Trim to 5-1/2” squares
Lay out the squares according to the picture.
Sew the rows together and press each in opposite directions
Sew the columns together and press in one direction.
Stay stitch around the outside edge.

I hope you like it!

Tuesday, July 6, 2021


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Monday, July 5, 2021

Charity quilt #5 with overdyed fabric - Opposing Triangles

I've written 4 previous posts about the quilts that I made with overdyed fabric.  Bonnie Keller gave me two huge boxes of old fabric that she wasn't going to use, and I overdyed a lot of it.  I saw a picture of this quilt on Pinterest and used it for the inspiration for this quilt.  

It's 65" x 70", which is the size that our charity group likes to work with.  Mostly made with half square triangles, it also includes some longer strips of the background fabric.    Since I wanted to alternate yellow with the gray background, I made 150 half square triangles, pairing the overdyed fabric with the background as follows:

From the yellow:  50 (from 25 @ 6" squares of both colors)

From the light gray:  46 (from 23 @ 6" squares of both colors)

From the medium gray:  28 (from 14 @ 6" squares of both colors)

From the darkest gray: 26 (from 13 @ 6" squares of both colors) and  2 strips at 5-1/2" x 35-1/2"; 2 strips at 5-1/2" x 25-1/2"; 2 strips at 5-1/2" x 15-1/2"; and 2 each 5-1/2 x 5-1/2" squares.

I hope you like it!

Friday, July 2, 2021

Charity quilt #4 using overdyed fabrics - Opposing Squares

I've written 3 previous posts about the quilts that I made with the overdyed fabric.  Thanks to Bonnie Keller for not only giving me the fabric, but also in helping me figure out how to dye the fabric.  This quilt top was made with predominately purple fabrics and some fabric from my stash.  I found a similar quilt on Pinterest.

Here is the finished quilt top, which measures 60" x 70".  Its all made with half square triangles.  I used 84 of the bluish purple, and 84 of the reddish purple.

I hope you like it!