Sunday, September 15, 2013

100 Quilts for Kids

I met Katie Blakesly at the first Sewing Summit, in 2011. Since then I have come to know her as a very generous and busy mom of two. Her giving spirit and creativity always inspire me. I enjoy reading her blog and seeing her photos of her active life in the Washington, DC area.

For the last few years, Katie has carried on a campaign to get 100 Quilts for Kids donated to whatever charity you choose. Last year I donated this quilt to the Project Linus Project.

This year I made this quilt out of all the leftover Marmalde fabrics from the matching Flower Girl quilts I made for my granddaughters. The pieces were pretty big, so I was able to cut some 5" squares and 2-1/2" x 9.5" strips. I added 5" squares of Kona Snow and came up with this simple block.
marmalade Baby quilt

I also had enough fabric to make a 3" border around the quilt, making it a nice snuggle lap quilt for a little girl.
I found this Flea Market Fancy fabric on sale at my LQS and decided it would make a nice coordinating backing.  I bound it with Kona Snow.
100 quilts for kids

I am happy to say I free motion quilted this with a few squiggles and even some flowers. Can you hear my joy? I managed to get through the entire quilt without breaking the thread. It really does go to show you that the thread is important and each machine is very particular.  It's not always good to use the popular thread that everyone is raving about, but to experiment and find the one that works for your machine.

100 quilts for kids

Since joining the LA Modern Quilt Guild I have become aware of the Alexandria House. It is a place where battered women and their children can seek refuge. This quilt will be donated to that organization and hopefully make a child very happy.

Quilt Stats:

Name: Marmalade Squares
Fabrics used: Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille and Kona Snow 
Backing: Denyse Schmidt's Flea Market Fancy Seedpod Stripe
Binding: Kona Snow
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt.
Quilted: by me. Free Motion squiggles and flowers using Perma Core thread color Dyed Natural
Size: 46" x 58"


Angela D. said...

The quilting looks great!!!

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Someone is going to LOVE this quilt. And I am sooo happy that you had 0 thread breaks. That alone is worth celebrating. Thanks so much for linking up, too. Happy Sewing, Di.

Leanne said...

The quilt is lovely and thank you for the reminder. I have linked up my Siblings Together quilt and I am going to think about a local donation too.

suemac said...

I like your quilt. So cheerful. It will make someone's day.

Debbie said...

Lovely and congrats on the fmq - very cool! And agreed RE: the thread - gotta use what works best for you!

Susan Snooks said...

Lovely, lovely finish Di! I am so pleased you have found a thread that suits both you and your sewing machine! Great job!

Katy Cameron said...

The quilt looks fab, and great choice of donation :o) I ought to link up my ST quilt, but maybe I'll let Rhonda do that as I only quilted/bound it, she did the piecing work!

Dianne Neale said...

Beautiful fabrics, and the finished quilt is Judy gorgeous. I'm so pleased that you are happy with our quilting

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Sweet quilt.
So glad you have sorted your FMQing woes x

Rhonda the Rambler said...

Love!!! You are so incredibly talented!!!!

Anonymous said...

I like the pattern that you came up with; it highlights the wonderful fabrics so well.