Scooter & Tod
I have donated these two recently finished scrappy quilts to my grandkids elementary school for a silent auction that will raise money for school programs. If you are interested in bidding on either of these baby quilts, you can bid on Scooter (airplane) here, and Tod (fox) here.
Each quilt measures 40″x40″ and is made from 100% cotton outer, with 80/20 cotton/poly batting, machine pieced and quilted.
The auction is open from March 11-19, 2022.
Every Spring, I try to participate in the Hands2Help Challenge hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. This year I decided to get a jump start on making baby quilts for this great cause. Since I was working to deplete my scraps bins with my recent Tod quilt, I kept the momentum going and made these yellow and blue log cabin blocks with “mostly” scraps. I say “mostly” because I was being a bit too fussy about the colorway, and did go into my stash for some of the blues and yellows. I made the airplane using a raw-edge appliqué technique.
Why the name? Scooter was a super sweet pound puppy that my sister had year’s ago. While this isn’t a dog, I thought the airplane was super sweet, and it reminded me of my sister – she’ll know why.
This was donated to Friends of Short Avenue Elementary for a silent auction in March, 2022.
The design for this baby quilt began with the owl fabric, that I fussy cut to showcase the owls. It will be donated as part of this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. The cute owl fabric is the last of this fabric which I had previously used in Hoots, which went to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids for the 2018 Hands2Help challenge. This quilt is also heading off to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids for this year’s challenge.
The log cabin blocks were made from yellow and teal scraps. I like to store my scraps by color, in photo boxes. While some people prefer to precut their scraps to common sizes, I do not cut my scraps before putting in the boxes, but just leave them whatever size/shape they are. I find this gives me more flexibility for future projects.
Such a busy year! This is only the fifth quanket that I have completed this year. My personal goal is to make two per month, and I am far from achieving even close to this number for 2016. When I start to get down on myself for not hitting personal goals – perhaps self-inflicted, non-rational would be better words than “personal” – I hear the words of advice my mom used to give to me: “everything in moderation, Jean”. So, I must cut myself some slack. Time is at a premium this year: from helping daughters with house projects and moving, to welcoming our new granddaughter, Ivy, to hosting a baby shower for other daughter’s first child, and we still have two major holidays to squeeze into what has already been a full year.
Sweet Slumber is a log cabin quilt design, based on an interpretation of Jean Ann Wright’s, Bonnie Blues Quilt. The log cabin is such a versatile block pattern: a simple rotation, or an intended placement of repeating fabric can create such a unique design! While the majority of fabrics I used are new fabrics, I was able to incorporate a scrap fabric piece inherited from Granny, which is the teal polka dot fabric that is used in the simple four-patch joining blocks in the sashing.
Although busy and at times chaotic and physically tiring, it has been a fantastic year! Maybe I will hit that personal goal of two quilts per month in 2017 🙂
This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a foster child in October 2016.
This is a log cabin quilt. Yes, I went back to familiar territory and did a traditional, symmetrical quilt this time around 🙂 Below is a close up of the fabric that inspired the name I chose – I think it’s perfect for a boy’s quilt!
The orange fabrics, with the exception of the edge binding, were all donations, while the namesake was leftover from a quilt I made 12 years ago for my nephew.
I donated this quilt visa vie the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2015. I chose to donate it to Nita who blogs at Because You Matter since her goals and focus are similar to mine: to make and give a quilt to a person who is having a hard time and would be comforted by a handmade quilt to snuggle up in, particularly children in foster care.
Good Grief (formerly known as Burgandy Quilt)
This quilt gave me a dickens of a time! I kept running out of fabric, and really had to get creative on bringing it all together. I try not to purchase any new fabric for my quilts, but this was the first one where I had to bend that rule: the edge binding fabric is new. When I finally got this one finished, I thought it turned out really nice considering the grief it had given me! I donated this quilt to Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo in March 2013.