Action Kivu Fundraiser

Action Kivu

Today I’m excited to share with you a fantastic Community Giving opportunity. This week is the Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser. For the last 5 years, Alissa Haight Carlton from Handmade by Alissa has hosted a fundraising effort to support Action Kivu.

Action Kivu helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. One of the wonderful things that Action Kivu helps finance is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When these women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families.” – Alissa

Action Kivu

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 by Friday, August 24th. For different giving amounts, you are entered to win prizes donated by amazing artists and quilters like Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Elizabeth Hartman, Jacquie Gering and more. For all the details and to donate to this amazing cause, visit Alissa’s blog. And remember, you can keep up with all sorts of great ways to help others on my Community Giving page.

Vintage Quilt Revival Blog Hop : Charity Sampler

Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing everyone’s blocks from the Vintage Quilt Revival Blog Hop over the last week. They all did such a great job and today Katie, Lee and I are happy to share with you the quilts we made from the 20 blocks. We didn’t really specify fabric styles or colors, so this was true challenge. Everyone mailed their blocks to Lee and she spent time mixing and matching them into 3 piles of coordinating blocks.

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I received blocks that were centered around primary colors – Reds, blues, yellows, etc. I had seven blocks and played around with them on the floor of my sewing room until I had a layout I liked.

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I sewed them into diagonal strips – 2 blocks/3 blocks/2 blocks. Then I improvisationally added a putty colored solid to the strips. Initially I did have “normal” corners on this quilt, but in a fit of creativity (or craziness? lol) I chopped them off to create angled corners. Since this quilt is toddler sized, I thought it made it a bit more whimsical and also called attention to the diagonal layout of the blocks. Plus, then the quilt was easily named by my daughter – “the quilt with all those corners.” lol

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The back is a great print from Carrie Bloomston’s Collage fabric line. I didn’t have quite enough so I added a coordinating turquoise to the edges. The binding is a Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet print.

Charity Sampler / Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks : Fresh Lemons Quilts

For the quilting, I did closely spaced wavy lines, at an angle. I talk a lot about wavy quilting on this blog, but just as a refresher – I use the running stitch on my machine (Bernina stitch #4), max out the width and set the length to 4.0. I use my walking foot while quilting. I used the edge of the blocks as my starting point for the first line, and after that just used the 1/4″ marking of my walking foot as a loose spacing guide.

As we said at the beginning of the week, these samplers are going to be donated to various charities. I haven’t decided where to send this one just yet. I was certain you all would have some ideas for me! It is baby/toddler sized. Feel free to leave your ideas (and websites if you have them) in the comments!

Community Giving ~ Washington, Illinois Tornado Victims

Community Giving at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Many of your undoubtedly heard about the wave of tornados that passed through Illinois and Indiana last Sunday, November 17th. My family was driving that day, from Michigan to Illinois. We spent many of those 6 hours traveling through the northern bands of those storms (very scary) while hearing about the damage occurring south of us. When we got home, the pictures we saw on tv were really devastating. I grew up in the Midwest (Ohio) and I just have a real fear of tornados.

Last week Terry of Quilt Crazie shared with me some information on how you can help the victims of Washington, Illinois, a particularly hard hit community. I encourage you to visit her website and learn how you can help by donating quilts, pillowcases and bed pillows for those that lost their homes.

I know we are a generous community and can make a real difference to those that need comfort right now. I’ve also added the link to Terry’s website to my Community Giving page – feel free to share with others who would like to help.

Patchwork on Point and 100 Quilts for Kids

Phew! I’m back from a week away on vacation, my daughter has now officially started the 1st Grade, and I am finally finding a bit more time at the sewing machine! In fact, yesterday I managed to finished quilting and binding my latest quilt, Patchwork on Point.

This quilt features a variety of fabrics from Heather Dutton for Modern Yardage. You can read more about these particular fabrics in this blog post. I paired Heather’s fabrics with a few coordinating prints from my stash. I really love the colors in this quilt. I think it would be good for a girl or a boy.

The design is simple, squares on point, but I created a bit of interest by grouping prints in sets of four. I wanted this quilt to have a fluffy look and texture, so I only quilted the negative space in a free motion meandering design. The quilt measures 45″ x 45″.

Some of you may be wondering how this one washed up, since the Modern Yardage fabric has the design printed on it. I didn’t use any special detergents, just my Kirkland Free and Clear liquid from Costco (because I think the final recipient will be washing it in whatever they have at home). I would say it reacted as expected. A bit of fading on the darker colors. I don’t think it takes away from the quilt in any way, but just something to keep in mind as you select your fabrics for your project. You can read more about the suggested washing/drying for the fabric here.

I am donating this quilt as part of Katie of Swim Bike Quilt‘s 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive. If you haven’t had a chance to link up your quilt to donate, you have until September 30th. It’s a great cause and a wonderful way for you to help in your own community. And there’s prizes too. :)