Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Charity Quilts

Here are some of the quilts I've been working on to donate to the pediatric unit at our local hospital.  I shared a little about them previously here.

My first one is a design of my own.  I started this idea many years ago when I was really into hexagons.  I used the Hexie Half template by Lori Holt to create these butterflies.  I intended to make this a much bigger quilt but since it's been sitting in my unfinished project pile I decided it was going to be downsized and would make a perfect child sized quilt to be donated.

I'm not sure I would quilt it the same if I made this quilt again though.  I don't love how the round quilted wings go with the sharper edges of the pieces but I wasn't about to take it all out.  I still like the idea though.  I used a mix of pink and purple threads for the quilting.  I didn't want it to be too dense so I just used and all over butterfly and swirls pattern...sort of like the butterflies are flying around.

The quilting was completely random and unplanned.  Some came out a little more abstract than others.  My quilting will never be perfect or even close, nor do I want it to.  I like a little messier and unplanned look.

Maybe not quite this messy but every quilt has some oops.

This is not a great photo.  It was a beautiful evening but not a good time for a photo apparently.  The wind kept sneaking up and my helper preferred to be on the couch resting on that Sunday afternoon if I remember correctly.  The 5 blocks are hard to see but those are all pieced together with scraps of fabric from a part of a panel I had in my stash.  The quilting is a simple diagonal through each square.  I wanted to keep it simple and soft for the coziness factor.  Sometimes those really densely quilted quilts feel a little too stiff.

I think this is my favorite quilt.  There something I just love about the simplicity of a gingham quilt.  I first fell in love with the style when I was sewing together one of my La Passacaglia rosettes and loved the pattern some of the fabrics I chose created then tried to figure out what it was that made me keep looking at it and realized it was a gingham pattern.  Ever since I've been looking for ways to use it.

I have some more that I've finished as well but I haven't had a chance to photograph them yet.  For my free time I've mostly been working in the yard and garden soaking up as much sun as possible.