Hello, again! Louise here with another batch of quilts made from the parts and pieces that YOU have sent in. Let's start with the one that was the closest to completion when it arrived. I think this style is called a "Baltimore Album." The central blocks and several borders were finished and I only needed to add the final 2 or 3 borders to bring it up to size. I'm pleased that I had fabric that coordinated really nicely with the greens and deep reds of the center. While these are classic Christmas colors, the design isn't overtly "holiday." It's such a pretty, classic design and I think it turned out really nicely!
This next quilt is made from super scrappy nine patches and shooflies pieced by Priscilla. Her blocks are so precise that sewing them into groups of four is easy and relaxing! No trimming, no fudging, just smooth sailing.
Because the blocks contain pretty much every color available, I had fun experimenting with an unusual sashing in mint green dots. Suddenly all the mint green in the blocks pops out! The result is a bright, happy quilt. The binding is a purple floral that was premade and donated. When I noticed tiny mint flowers in the binding, I knew it was perfect for this quilt!
Quilt number three is a sampler style in light blue/green/peach/brown. Tina H. donated about a dozen finished blocks plus the extra scraps from her project. Using the scraps, I was able to sew up a few more blocks.
The nice thing about sampler quilts is that any block design will play nicely with the others! That gives me a lot of flexibility when using the scraps. However, I still only had 17 blocks.
Because my studio is a bit messy, I have other projects piled up around me, and these sweet animal panels were casually hanging around nearby. Hey! Those animals match the block colors EXACTLY. Boom! Three more blocks to make 20 for a nice 4x5 layout with thin sashing. Who donated the animals? Let us know in the comments!
And once my eyes started looking for blue and brown fabrics, this mallard duck design obviously had to become the backing. Almost looks like it was planned this way from the start, doesn't it?
Quilt number four was a slam dunk in terms of coordinating the fabrics, because 95% of it was donated together by Christine B. This is lovely, very high quality fabric with the most wonderful soft hand. The scraps from Christine were mostly precut triangles and 3.5" half square triangle blocks, with a few width of fabric skinny strips.
I put all those triangles next to my machine and kind of mindlessly stitched them together in between other projects. After a while a few of them said they wanted to be big stars. Some wanted to be smaller squares in squares. Between the two types of blocks and the remaining skinny strips, a modern column quilt was born!
For the backing, I used part of a HUGE Lone Star top that Kat was gifted from a thrift store. It's hard to make a flat top in this design, so I had to really cut it down to get a usable chunk. Even though the combination of navy, coral, orange and pink on the front is unusual, the Lone Star matches it really well!
And finally, here is a quilt that was donated in a completely deconstructed state: as a jelly roll! Does that count as an orphan? Maybe not! It's nice to have a chance to create a quilt completely from scratch, especially when someone provides fabric as pretty as this.
These modern hexagons are made from a "Botanicals" jelly roll donated by Christine B (I think). I added a gray border and binding to float the hexies, and quilted with a dot-to-dot lobed design.
Backing is extra blocks plus a modern orange stripe that was also donated. In case you can't tell, I really love making these quilts from your donations. I love the challenge of puzzling together leftovers and scraps into a coherent whole. As each piece of the puzzle arrives, I get to admire different fabrics and new block designs, picturing in my mind who created it. It helps me feel more connected to both the greater quilting community, and the families that receive the quilts.
Thank you again for the privilege of fostering your orphans and sending them along to their forever homes! Kat will return next week with more Covered in Love news.
Covered in Love is a 501(c)(3) charity that donates quilts to patients dying in the hospital, over 800 so far. The January/February drive is running now, check out the main post HERE if you want to get involved.
Fun blocks turned into great quilts Louise.ReplyDelete
Louise, I want to be you if/when I grow up. Seriously, you have mad skills for combining orphans! xoReplyDelete
Amazing work. All these quilts look so vibrant and cosy.ReplyDelete
Well, yippee! My blocks and parts are the ones in the sampler style quilt. I appreciate the work you do, Louise, and glad to see the fabric in a completed project and able to comfort someone.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you sent those blocks in, Tina! I used every scrap of it :)Delete
Thank you, Louise. I enjoy seeing what you do with the items you receive. I enjoyed the time you showed your quilting area and was sad when you quit blogging, but it is nice to hear from you and see your work through Kat's blog. A favorite quilt that you made was the first Boho Heart. Thanks for what you do.Delete
What a beautiful collection of quilts, I love how you deal with orphan blocks!ReplyDelete
Another fantastic batch of orphan block quilts and every bit and bob of fabric put to good use. Way to go, Louise!ReplyDelete
These are all fabulous, Louise!! Did you have an entire BOLT of that duck print?! You sent a big piece of it to me for another charity. It worked great for one of the quilts and it works great with the one you used it on, too! :o))ReplyDelete
Ha, ha! I did have a huge piece of it! I think it was about 6 yards at a fantastic price on eBay :)Delete
You work magic! The quilts are truly amazing! Thanks to you, orphan blocks, unloved fabric, and just pieces become quilts that will bring comfort to others! Way to go, Louise!ReplyDelete
You have had some beauties to finish this time around, Louise! So fun to see them!ReplyDelete
Fabulous!! Love the super scrappy nine patch!ReplyDelete
Lovely to read what you are doing these days. Wowzer! You have done a terrific job putting together these quilts. Was the Baltimore album one embroidered or a “cheater” cloth. It’s very hard to imagine anyone would give away such a beautiful start on a quilt. You did a wonderful job of pulling it together. As you did with the rest.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bonnie! It was a cheater cloth, but a very well designed one. You almost can't tell until your nose is right up to the fabric!Delete
Louise, you never cease to amaze me with the quilts you create from someone else's orphans. Fantastic!ReplyDelete
A great variety of quilt designs! Congrats :) But I also have a small question. You mentioned the names of who donated the blocks, is that from a local group? Or if from blog/IG land, could you link these people? Would be nice to look for new "quilty friends"... xo MelanieReplyDelete
Thanks, Melanie! I think they are just individuals who send blocks and scraps in to Kat. Kat sends them along to me when she has a whole box full. Perhaps if they have blogs they will chime in here in the comments :)Delete
I do not have a blog. What Louise mentions is correct as far as how my stuff landed in her hands. When I was sending in Covered in Love blocks I just included orphan blocks/fabric to be sent to Louise. I believe Kat has mentioned several times on her blog about sending in unwanted items this way.Delete
Great quilts, Louise!ReplyDelete
You've done a marvelous job with the blocks and things that have been sent in. Such good work!ReplyDelete
Louise you always make such interesting quilts from someone's unwanted blocks/fabric! You work such wonderful miracles;) I really love the first quilt and the jelly roll triangle one.ReplyDelete
Wow, the lone star is on the back of the other quilt? That could've been a quilt all by itself!!! Such pretty colors! And I love the mint green sashing! Well done, Louise!!!ReplyDelete
Wonderful to see whole usable quilts from parts others have sent. The serendipitous animal blocks- great. I've had that happen too and it serves to keep me operating in a slightly messy way, but it works. Lovely to see your work, happy sailing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for another show of beauties right off of the boat! That first quilt (Baltimore Album) looks like something right out of a magazine or from an International Quilt Show. You did a fantastic job on it & all the quilts from orphan blocks. You have such a talent for using up those blocks waiting for a home. Great work on all of them & I know that Kat is very proud to get the quilts from you.ReplyDelete
What a post!!! A tremendous collection of quilts all ready to be loved by the folks who receive them. Congratulations!ReplyDelete
These quilts are lovely. It's time for me to relook at my UFO's. Thanks again for all the finishes you've shared. Inspiration is everywhere!ReplyDelete