Friday, January 26, 2024

quilts for charity 2024

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.

Here are some instructions:

Cutting instructions:

Colored fabric:

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.

White fabric:

Cut 2-1/2’ widths of white fabric at WOF.  If you’re using scraps, cut the strips as long as you can.

Sewing instructions:

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 blocks.

Sew each row separately and press towards the colored blocks.

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.  

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