2015 Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge

Happy 5th anniversary to the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge! It’s being organized by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. High Five, Sarah! It’s a lot of work to organize a challenge like this!

Quilters are invited to make a quilt and donate it to one of the charities listed on the Hands2Help website. (But don’t worry if you can’t afford to mail the quilt, you do have the option of donating to a local charity. There are no barriers put in your way if you want to participate.) The object of the challenge is to get quilts wrapped around the shoulders of those who need them.

Extra exciting is that this year, Because You Matter Quilts for Kids is the Canadian recipient! That’s me!! Canadian quilters who don’t want to mail their quilts across the border can mail them to me as an option (if they don’t know where to donate locally or want to contribute to Because you Matter specifically.) How cool is that? !!! Thank you so much, Sarah! I’ll also be posting the quilts I’m making as I go along. I have a special project in mind for Because you Matter this year and I’ll be telling you all about it soon.

Sarah has arranged lots of sponsors and lots of prizes, a linky party, free patterns if you need ideas and all kinds of fun for participants, so head on over to Hands2Help and sign up.  Registration opens today!

A Very Wrenly Quilt for Sweden

The other day I told you about a young family that had lost their house to fire, and how I’d started making quilts for the children. I showed you Beckham’s quilt. Today I finished his big sister Sweden’s quilt!

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I am calling it Wrenly for Sweden because I had been playing around with a jellyroll of a designer fabric called Wrenly (by Valorie Wells.)

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This quilt is in a similar vein to the Stacked Coins quilt that I made for my sister (here). Sort of.

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I think all the swirls and glimpses of birds are perfect for a 5-year-old girl.  It’s girly, but in a rough & tumble sort of way. Kinda like Sweden, herself 🙂

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But what I’m really happy with is the back!

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I’ve been drawn to some of the modern quilt movement’s elements, including use of grey and lots of negative space.

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Of course, quilt backs are usually all about negative space, but I wanted to play around with it, making a two-sided quilt. No front, no back, really, except for the label. Sweden can flip it around as she pleases.

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I added some big-stitch hand quilting in perle cotton, just because…

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…and I practiced my machine quilting skills (which are sorely lacking, thus practice is a good thing) using my walking foot and wiggling the top from side to side to create the wavy lines.

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I hope Sweden will spend many happy hours snuggled up in her quilt, reading her favourite books and dreaming her favourite dreams.

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Ring Toss: a quilt for Beckham

Last month a young family that I know lost their home to fire.

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Beckham and his big sister lost everything they own.

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So I got busy making quilts.

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This one is for Beckham, who is an energetic toddler. I used Thomas the Tank Engine fabric because what two-year-old boy doesn’t love Thomas? And woah! Thomas the Tank Engine backing, too! What’s not to love?

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The pattern is called Ring Toss, from the book Quilt it with Love: the Project Linus Story. I hand quilted it using the Big Stitch method with yellow-gold Perle cotton. The center of each ring is hand-tied with embroidery floss.

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I’m making a quilt for Beckham’s big sister, too. I’ll post it as soon as it’s finished, so stay tuned!

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