I finally finished the quilts made from the charity blocks from the Fabri-Quilt New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop 2015 (just in time to announce the next hop, see below!). I had 24 blocks so I figured that I would make two baby/toddler sized quilts.
I first had to decide how to combine the 12 blocks (each 12" square finished) into the quilts. I had initially planned to add sashing but when I was arranging the blocks on my design
Which layout do you prefer? I am still really torn, I really like the colorfulness of the nonsashed version and how the blocks interact with each other and I also really like how the sashing frames the blocks in the sashed version making each individual block stand out more. Seeing them side by side if I had to pick I would go for the unsashed version.
I used my favorite go-to Aurifil color 2600 Dove for the quilting to blend well with all of the different colors. I quilted the unsashed version with a simple meander and the sashed version using a few different quilting motifs (some were more successful than others). Here were a few of my favorites:
Many thanks to the Fabri-Quilt New Blogger Block Hop bloggers who made such beautiful blocks to play with. Here are the bloggers who contributed blocks (with links to the individual tutorials for the blocks):
Row 1: Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Row 2: Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts, Kim @Leland Ave Studios, Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Row 3: Diana @Red Delicious Life, Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio, Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler
Row 4: Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly, Liz @LizzyClips Design, Denise @CrafTraditions
Row 1: Martha @Once a Wingnut, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Dina @Living Water Quilter
Row 2: Sandra @The Bias Edge, Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination, Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Row 3: Diana @Red Delicious Life, Margo @Shadow Lane Quilts, Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Row 4: Wanda @Wanda’s Life Sampler, Helen @Midget Gem Quilts, Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
I will donate the two quilts through my local guild, the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Both quilts will go to the Serenity House which is a organization that provides women who are struggling with addiction and their children housing, food, and support. Most of the women and children show up with little to nothing and truly appreciate the quilts.
Thanks to all of the quilters who contributed blocks for these charity quilts, they are going to make some kids very, very happy.
And now for some super fun news! Paintbrush Studio (formerly Fabri-Quilt) is sponsoring another block hop with Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl, Stephanie from Late Night Quilter, and myself hosting. The hop will be happening March 28-30 with tons of new blocks and inspiration! (and yes, we will be hosting another New Blogger Hop this summer, stayed tuned for details)