Sunday, March 23, 2014

2014 Charity Quilt Block

Girls, I've offered to lead the making of our charity quilt this year... so I hope that you are up for it, and excited by the pattern I've chosen and the charity recipient...



Once I receive all the blocks, put it together and get it top-sewn, I will co-ordinate the donation of our quilt to "Quilts for Kids", which now is active in Canada.



For our quilt pattern, I've chosen the '"Rocky Mountain Puzzle", which will give us all a lot of room for creativity but still result in a stunning final quilt. Some great examples can be found here, and here, and here.


The tutorial we will follow can be found here, but I'd like the blocks to end up being 12", not 8:, so make the center square and the HSTs 3.5" and with a 2" border around the center square.... Bright, modern colours and prints will look best with this layout, I think...For the 'background' colour, please use plain white (no white on white, please). If you are inventive, using a fussy cut center will look neat...following a child's theme... a letter, a boat, a tiny deer, a child swinging on a swing, you name it, there are so many out there to choose from...

Can't wait to see how this quilt shapes up...

I'll send my mailing address via email, and just a heads up, April is also my month, so if you're ahead of schedule, wait to send them both at the same time to save on postage! But if you're like me, a delivery in December will be just fine too... Looking forward to seeing what creative things we all make to wrap up a child in love as they embark on the fight of their life.

xoxoxo
Katy

7 comments:

  1. Katy, you are so generous to take on the charity quilt for us. I really appreciate it. Thank you for your commitment.
    Your choice of quilt top is marvellous and I am sure that it will turn out terrifically suitable for our intended recipients. It will be fun to mess around with fabrics and I'm already deliberating about the options in my collection for the fussy cut centre square.

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  2. Gorgeous! Love the colors and pattern of the quilt. Thank you so much for taking this on!
    xx

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  3. This will be a great quilt!

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  4. Hmmm… I have another reason why I shouldn't multi-task and quilt! I didn't read the directions very well and ended up with smaller HSTs than I needed. Now that I'm focused, I realized that I wasn't supposed to cut the squares to be 3.5 inches, but the HSTs had to END up being 3.5 inches… Ah!!! I quickly googled it and came up with this:
    "I add 1 inch to the finished size I want the square to be. For a HST that needs to be 3.5 inches, I cut two squares at 4.5 inches. I sew 1/4 inch on each side of the diagonal, cut and press. Then I square it back up."
    Most of you are HST experts, but thought I'd add this just in case!

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  5. Hmmm… I have another reason why I shouldn't multi-task and quilt! I didn't read the directions very well and ended up with smaller HSTs than I needed. Now that I'm focused, I realized that I wasn't supposed to cut the squares to be 3.5 inches, but the HSTs had to END up being 3.5 inches… Ah!!! I quickly googled it and came up with this:
    "I add 1 inch to the finished size I want the square to be. For a HST that needs to be 3.5 inches, I cut two squares at 4.5 inches. I sew 1/4 inch on each side of the diagonal, cut and press. Then I square it back up."
    Most of you are HST experts, but thought I'd add this just in case!

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  6. Sorry for the double post… That is me, Amy Canada! Sorry Jennifer, I don't know what I did?! Multi-tasking again…!

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  7. Funny double post Canada Amy! Thank goodness I am not the only one doing things like this lately, ugh! Thanks too for the heads up on sizes for HSTs.
    Dear Katy, Thank you so much for volunteering to take on the charity quilt this year, it is going to be colorful and beautiful and I'm glad to see that once again it will go to a child. I will definitely find a fabric to fussy cut for the middle. I love those special pieces too.
    xoJennifer

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