As I have shared before, once a month I sew with a great group of ladies and we make a donation quilt. This month, I gave them a quick lesson on an easy technique for hand sewing circles. Here is a great tutorial that explains quite well the method I have always used.
Each quilter was asked to bring a 4.5" strip of a tone-on-tone fabric in a rainbow color. From the end of the strip, we cut a square and made a 3 1/4" finished circle. This was appliqued onto a white 4.5" square.
By the end of the afternoon, the whole quilt top was assembled and I recently finished up the quilting on it. A simple serpentine stitch in white worked perfectly!
As I am the quilter sponsoring this month, I will be sending this quilt off to an organization that gives kids in crisis a quilt. I hope this happy quilt will brighten a hard situation.
It is amazing what 8 ladies can achieve in a couple of hours. And everyone's fabrics always works so well together!
A soft lavender print worked perfectly for the backing. I even used the scraps for the binding.
In February, the same group learned to do paper piecing using this star pattern from Quiet Play on Craftsy. I love Kristy's patterns and have purchased a number of them. This one is one she provides for free.
Once again, the group just brought their bright colored larger scraps and we created this quilt. This one is being donated to a treatment center here in Eugene.
A fun colorful border tied everything together nicely. Simple swirl quilting in white worked wonderfully with the stars.
I really am proud to be a part of this great group. In just 3 years, we have made and donated over 24 quilts, 2 large runners and about 12 bags, all going to support various local organizations.
Here are a few other posts sharing quilts we have made.
If you have a group of friends who love to sew, forming a group to make donation quilts is so rewarding. You can share ideas, learn new techniques and find a wonderful home for some of your unwanted stash. It is a day I look forward to each month!
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