100 Quilts for Kids

100 Quilts for Kids is a charity quilt drive started in 2010 by Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt and the DC Modern Quilt Guild. The first year, the goal was to create and collect 100 quilts to donate locally to children in need of some extra comfort. By the second year, several hundred quilts were made and donated. I’m sure the quilt drive will be even a bigger success this year.

100 Quilts for Kids

It’s very easy to participate. Simply make a quilt, donate it (locally if possible), and post a photo in the “Link Up” party, which also enters you to win a few fabulous prizes which are listed on Katie’s blog.

100 Quilts for Kids Blocks

For my quilt for donation, I decided to use my Quilting Bee Blocks from the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee which wrapped up earlier this year. I sent a lot of bright fabrics to my bee group and asked them to make scrappy log cabins.

100 Quilts for Kids Layout

I posted a photo on Instagram asking if people thought I should finish with sashing or no sashing – the vote was for no sashing and I think it looks great for a child, lots of color! The back is a collection of fat quarters and a half yard from my stash.

100 Quilts for Kids Back

The quilting is straight lines, randomly spaced between 1/4″ and 1″.

100 Quilts for Kids Quilting

Some ideas of places to donate quilts are Project Linus, Wrap Them in Love Foundation, Newborns in Need, the (not related) Quilts for Kids organization, your local women’s shelter or your local hospital. If you are still stumped, check with your local quilt shop and I am sure they know of organizations in your area that need donations.

If you aren’t sure what sort of quilt to make, Katie is also hosting a quilt along as part of 100 Quilts for Kids. And finally, don’t forget to post photos of any finished quilt for the drive in the Flickr Group.

Thanks for donating everyone!

Off Centered Improv

Off Centered Improv

Next month I’m lucky enough to be leading a sewing workshop at the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. I grew up in Cincinnati and my family all still lives there, so this will be a really fun opportunity for me to hang out with all the talented modern quilters in my hometown.

Off Centered Improv Top

The guild was really great and left the decision as to what we would be working on up to me. I love improvisational quilting so I thought that would be a fun technique for everyone to explore. This is our class sample ~ improvisational log cabins.

Off Centered Improv Center

These blocks are a bit similar to the pillow I made Jennifer last October. You can see the work in progress below.

Improv Piecing

I broke down the log cabins by warm and cool colors, incorporating a bit of grey and just a small amount of prints.

Off Centered Improv Pre-Quilting

The border is a black and white Alexander Henry crosshatch.

Off Centered Improv Bottom

I quilted this mini quilt with randomly spaced organic lines. They are all around 1/4″ apart, but I didn’t mark or measure. I used my walking foot and slowly moved the fabric back and forth ever so slightly as I quilted.

Off Centered Improv Workspace

This new quilt has a home above my new computer workstation in my sewing space! For more information about the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild, you can contact them through their blog or email them at cincinnatimodernquiltguild (at) gmail.com.

Baby Goldfish

Goldfish Quilt

There are two types of quilts I just never get tired of making – squares in squares and quilts for children. Last week a friend asked me to make a quilt for her to give as a gift for a baby shower. She picked the fabric color theme and I got free reign on the quilt design.

Goldfish Detail 4

I pulled a couple fabric stacks and she selected one with blue, brown and some Heather Ross goldfish fabrics. (Sadly, this is just about the last of my goldfish in bags. End of an era!)

Fabric pull for a friend

Each block has either two or three fabrics. They measure 12″ x 12″ each. I decided to do more wavy quilting on this one…thought it was appropriate with the whole fish/water theme!

Goldfish Detail 3

Someone asked me how I did this type of quilting on the Mermaid pillow last week. I used the Running Stitch on my machine (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag) and maxed out the width and set the length to around 4. It created these lovely wavy lines.

Goldfish Detail 2

The final quilt measures 36″ x 36″. I think it’s the perfect size for a playmat or draping over the baby on a walk or in the car.

Goldfish Detail 1

I pulled another set of fabric centered around Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line and I made another little boy quilt from that for my shop. It’s all quilted and waiting for binding – I hope to share that with you next week!

Pillow-Palooza

Pillows

A couple weekends ago, on Mother’s Day, I spent part of the day playing with some of my Heather Ross fabric scraps. I made some scrappy log cabin blocks, just having fun coordinating colors and prints. This week I decided to turn those little squares into pillows.

Pillow Detail 2

I thought I would add some ric rac trim to the edges for added cuteness. I’ve never sewn ric rac to the edge of anything so I used this tutorial.

Pillow Detail 1

I quilted the front of the pillows to a piece of batting. Random lines…

Bike Pillow

Straight lines…

Goldfish Pillow

Diagonal lines…

Far Far Away 2 Pillow

Wavy lines…

Mermaid Pillow

The backs are just some cute prints I had laying around.

Pillow Backs

One of these pillows is being mailed out to one of my husband’s coworkers who just had a baby boy. The others have found a new home on my daughter’s window seat!