Sunday, May 9, 2021

Hands 2 Help 2021

It seems like I've been working on charity quilts all winter and spring. Thirteen quilt tops and finished crib quilts have been pieced for the Hands 2 Help 2021 Challenge

The 7 flimsies will be donated to the MCC Comforter Bash. They'll be knotted and bound by volunteers in November then sent to various locations where someone needs some comfort. They ask that the quilts be at least 60" by 80". It is ok if the quilt top is larger than that size but they don't want them any smaller.

Two String X tops have been pieced. String X is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter's website.

The white blurry spots on the quilt are snowflakes.

This is a framed 4 patch.

A fun quilt to make was this jumbo granny square flimsy which was a fun and easy quilt to make.

I also made five crib quilts which I quilted myself. They have been delivered to the daycare at my church.

A finished panel crib quilt was also donated to the daycare.

Sarah lists several agencies as donation sites for the H2H challenge. They are all good charities and need donations but I donate to charities around my home.

Linking to Hands 2 Help 2021.

Almost to the Top of the Center!

The left side block and borders of blue Stars Around the Garden have been quilted.

I rolled, look at the center, I can see the top of the center! Progress is being made. Sometimes it just seems like I am swimming in place and not going anywhere but I have been.

I rolled and quilted the right side border and block. Next will be finishing the quilting in the applique center!

Last week I was asked about the quilting design I'm quilting in the center background. Here are links to this design in two sizes, 1.75" triangle and the 3" triangle. I like this design for the background, it's a welcome change from crosshatching or diamonds.

I took our grandson to get a haircut. We went a little early so he could play at the playground. Where we live, we have many people who utilize horse and buggy as their way of transportation. Their children also like to play at the playground. I took this picture of our grandson standing next to the trash bin which is located next to the hitching rack. The shovel is even provided by the parks department. 

Linking to Link Your Stuff!, Patchwork & QuiltsKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, BOM's Away

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Red Jumbo Granny Square & 16 Squares Blocks

I already have 5 projects in progress for RSC so what did I do? I decided to add another one to the mix. I had fun making the jumbo granny square blocks so I decided to make one in reds. It only takes 12 blocks to make a quilt the size I want since these blocks finish at 18".

The pattern for jumbo granny squares is here.

I also pieced twelve 16 block squares but I only had room for 9 blocks on the display wall.

All of these blocks were pieced with 2.5" squares.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Friday Finish

The scrappy blue puss in the corner flimsy I pieced in January has returned home from the long arm quilter. Lori Null did a lovely job with the quilting. Appropriately the quilting design is called cat paws.

I used 2.5" strips to make this quilt, the blocks finish at 8". Blue puss measures 78.5" by 87" finished and will be gifted to our oldest granddaughter the next time we visit.

A close up of the quilting on the front of the quilt. 

A stained glass view of the back side. The sashing and cornerstones make a 9 patch effect.

The backing fabric color is more of aqua colored than blue.

Last week my Friday finish was a panel I made into a crib quilt. Here is a link to the Prairie Moon panel challenge, you may view all the finished panel quilts and vote for your favorite. These are some beautiful quilts!

I write my posts ahead of time. Even though this post is publishing in May, most of it was written in April. Our younger grandson had fun running through the snow we received midmonth.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Jumbo Granny Squares Flimsy

I only needed 12 jumbo granny square blocks to make a finished 63" by 81" flimsy for the comforter bash held in November.

Most of these fabrics were already cut into 2.5" squares but I did pull some fabrics from the solids box, it is time to get these fabrics used.

I started cleaning up the leftovers from piecing this flimsy then wondered what a four block crib quilt would look like. I certainly have plenty of fabrics for a crib quilt. But I've had enough crib quilt sewing lately, time to move onto a different project.

There are 2 blocks that had all the corners turned the wrong way. After I had the flimsy sewn together, I found another HST turned wrong. I'm not going to change them, finished is better than perfect.

Someone asked me in comments if you can strip piece these blocks. I don't see why you couldn't but since I was using squares already cut I didn't. Strip piecing would be perfect if your blocks were all going to be the same fabrics or if you have enough strips of the same values.

The pattern for jumbo granny squares is here.

I'm adding a bunch of flower pictures I took in April. Spring flowers are so special after a long gray winter with no color.

This picture shows you some Dutchman Breeches and flowering myrtle.

These are small daffodils that came from the farmer's grandmother's farm many years ago. The flowers are smaller than other daffodils.

Jack in the Pulpit

Yellow daffodils blooming on the north side of my house.

More daffodils, it's nice to have a variety of colors.

Linking to To Do TuesdayMidweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss, Put Your Foot DownNeedle & Thread Thursday

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Red Scrappy Sprouts

These blocks are just completed and freshly pressed. I made three red scrappy sprout blocks today. 

I had made 2 red sprouts last year so I put them together to see how they looked.

Once I have made 5 blocks of each color, I'll arrange them on the display floor and see if I need more blocks.

Here is a link for the scrappy sprouts pattern.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday.