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!



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    January 17, 2014

    Wow how fantastic this week has been. I’ve loved & have been so inspired by all of you. I now want my own blog !!!! I have ordered my copy of VQR & can’t wait for it to arrive. What a lovely finished charity quilt – I can’t wait to see the others !!!!

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    January 17, 2014

    This looks lovely. I adore all those corners! No suggestions for charity, other than perhaps the local children’s hospital…?
    E xx

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    Julie Naatz

    January 17, 2014

    I am a board member of our local education foundation. We will hold our annual auction to raise funds for our public school system March 29th. Last year we raised $65,000 in one evening. ALL of the proceeds go directly to fund student activities and classroom needs. We work hard to have great items for this and I would be honored and grateful to have one of your samplers for this purpose.

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    January 17, 2014

    It is just fantastic Faith. And I love the chopped off corners. I just might have to borrow that idea some time.

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    January 17, 2014

    Faith, the blog hop was such fun this week. I love the book and am anxious to start a project of my own. Love your quilt – what a terrific spin on a 7-block quilt!

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    January 17, 2014

    Beautiful quilt, but I’m in love with that backing! I just found it on my local quilt shop’s website and I think I’ll be buying it for my baby’s first birthday dress.

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    January 17, 2014

    Faith, the quilt is really cute, I too like to make baby quilts and donate them. There is Quilts for Kids and locally my guild donates to Teen Parent connection . Contact me if you want more info. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work

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    January 17, 2014

    oh wow that is just super stunning!

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    Sandra from NC

    January 17, 2014

    that is BEAUTIFUL! I love the design you came up with and the cropped corners!

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    Anne Beier

    January 17, 2014

    I love what you did with those quilts, especially what you did with the corners, because it gave each piece that unexpected punch.

    Suggestions for Children’s Hospitals;

    Maria Fereri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY

    MassGeneral Hospital for Children

    St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital


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    Christa Quilts

    January 17, 2014

    The chopped corners were perfect for this quilt! I can’t believe how well the blocks went together. It really looks planned but I know it wasn’t, LOL!!

    For charity suggestions – I love to support Project Linus 🙂

    Now I’m off to see how the other quilts turned out!

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    Nikki Moshier

    January 17, 2014

    Love the quilt, its colors, corners, quilting….well, just everything. A child will be blessed to receive it. I hope to make one similar. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Lauranette Lewellen

    January 17, 2014

    This is a darling quilt. My charity of choice is Project Yesu at The founder is 13 year old Mallory Fundora. Mallory is looking for items to be sold at a silent auction for money to fund her educational programs in Uganda. Also if any readers would like to make pillowcase dresses or shorts for her, that will be absolutely wonderful. Mallory has a Facebook page at Project Yesu also. This young lady has the most giving heart and really needs our help. Your work is wonderful and you encourage me so much! Thanks so much.

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    Lisa C

    January 17, 2014

    I adore the chopped off corners. I am currently donating to the NICU unit at the hospital in the town where I grew up. They place the quilts over the incubators to keep the infants warm and to keep the light out of their eyes. They then send the quilts home with the babies. Great job!

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    January 17, 2014

    A local children’s hopsiptal/ronald mcdonald house would love it for sure!

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    shirley tener

    January 17, 2014

    So Fun GF,,, love the corners and Now I know what to do with my panel.. wink, Someone should teach us what to do with panels. Example, on the new hedge hog fabric, its a panel with some other sq.. yea make them tags.. eeehh.. naw.. You make everything look super cute.

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    January 18, 2014

    Project Linus would be great that is for kids! Beautiful job.

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    January 18, 2014

    All three of the quilts turned out beautiful. Thanks for inviting me to participate.

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    January 18, 2014

    Since Jan. is Sanctity of Life Month, how about donating to an organization encouraging young mothers to have their babies not abort them!

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      January 22, 2014

      I second this suggestion. A quick call or Google search for your local area would probably land you the names of a few centers who would love to auction or raffle it off in order to help provide
      free sonograms for women.

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    Helen in the UK

    January 22, 2014

    I really like the shaped quilt – the cut corners are the perfect finishing touch. Love that backing print too. Some little kiddy is going to be very lucky to receive this 🙂

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    January 28, 2014

    The first thoughts that enter my mind are related to my community. I’ve interacted with a few a the people who use the facilities I mention.

    1. A center for homeless people. There are all ages and lifestyles there.
    2. A community care medical center for people with no health insurance and low income.
    3. A mental health facility for those who are struggling with mental health issues can go for group or individual support.
    4. A child day care that is located in an area on the outskirts of a town or city serving families whose mothers need to work but do not make a large enough salary to pay the fee of most day care centers and who have no family to assist them.

    Anyone who receives a quilt like this lovely one will cherish it always.


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