Friday, May 22, 2015

Charity Quilt for a Senior #2

And a finish for a Friday.  :-)  Hold onto your hats for a LOT of pictures.

I decided that this year I wanted to give a minimum of two quilts to the seniors' residence across the street from our home in Kingsville.  Unfortunately, but really, yay, no seniors in that residence are in wheelchairs.  So I called another, Royal Oak, and they were happy to accept quilts from me, quite tickled, in fact.
Playing with the layout on the design wall
The lady to whom I spoke said there are a few residents who rarely have family visit :-((( and so she will ensure these go to them.
Slight change, and I went with this instead of over-thinking things as I am wont to do!
We made charity quilts for wheelchair-bound seniors once before in the Alberta guild I belonged to.  These two need their ties sewing on in the top two corners yet.  That way the quilt stays secure on the lap without danger of falling off and catching under the wheels.

I seem to be on a diagonal kick with the layout of quilts I design...
Flimsy done
I had fun with the back, since I didn't have enough of the Robert Kaufman fruity fabric.
Think I STILL have about 20 3" blue squares left!
I had several squares left from Shamrock.  So when Cindy at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework started the latest Scrap-a-Palooza quilt, I just knew I could use them up in this quilt, my eighth of her scrap-a-palooza series.  I started sewing the 9-patches a couple of days before we left Florida, knowing that I would have an all-over print that I could incorporate for a few large squares.  I love jewel-toned colours.
This is an oldie, bought in a small town quilt shop on sale; at the time I thought it might work for Paula Nadelstern kaleidoscopes, but nope not symmetrical
I don't know why I only had half the width times about a yard and a quarter.  I have NO idea what I did with the first half...Stack 'n Whack?? If so, I gave the quilt away...  Or maybe my friend LuEllen and I split this fabric?  Uh yeah, it's been that long...

I'm happy to say this is all that is left, this plus two strips from the edges that are on the strips pile...(for more string quilts in all probability).
What do I do with these??
I cut several 2.5" squares of the fruity fabric, and I will cut more of the deep red (I still have a fairly large chunk of that left since I only needed 15" X the length of the quilt).  I am glad to see that I have learned from Cindy about scraps as far as organizing in strips and 2.5" squares, but I don't know what to do with these 4-5" by 9-13" ... I will save them for now, and maybe they will grow up into a bars quilt down the road, right?

Pre-washing texture...
Instead of a meander like I did in quilt #1, I picked a meander from Christina Cameli's Step by Step Free Motion Quilting.  I just LOVE this book, so glad I added it to my FMQ book collection.  This is Lilypad, and I love it!!  I did it on a larger scale for the most part, as I wanted this done fast.
Post-washing it.
In each of the four fruity 7.5" blocks I did a Dot to Dot design of Angela Walters'.  I wanted to practise ruler work before tackling Dayna's graduation quilt.

Wait, what?  Dayna's quilt?  I know, it's not been on the blog officially, as it was a surprise for her, although you did see some of it in this tutorial... I will post about it now she's seen the flimsy. I might not have finished the gift in time...and it's not the first time I've been late with a gifted quilt, red face of shame...

A view of the back:
It's really cuddly.  I used Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton batting as I did in quilt #1.  I just love this soft batting.  No affiliation, but I should talk to them; I'm giving these quilts away, and waxing poetic about their batting, right?!

Closer view so you can hopefully see the effect of the Dot to Dot designs.
So then I took the quilt outside onto the front porch as opposed to the washed-quilt shots on the floor of the front entryway...
For the binding, I just turned the backing to the front with a double-fold à la placemats.  I love the way it turned out!

I used Fufu's rayon and outside of a couple breakage issues, it quilted great, and has blended and sunk in wonderfully with the fabrics.
This design of Angela's is awesome in a busy print, and easy to stitch out!

Another great design of Angela's, good in a busy print
Trying to get all 3 in a row of the Dot to Dot designs
Both quilts!
This shot makes me happy!
The folded up shot, blue string quilt on top...
Fruity quilt on top--can you spot my signature initials/name?
Ha, just thought Tutti Fruity (sp) would have been a good name for quilt #2, but I didn't name either one.
Quilty loveliness
Charity Quilt Stats:
Size: ~29X37"
Pattern: Scrap-a-Palooza #15 Rainbow 9-patch
Fabrics: scraps from my stash
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton
Threads: pieced with Gutermann; quilted with Fufu's Rayon, The Bottom Line in the bobbin
Quilted on my Avanté

What's next?
Well, this
Hands2Help Charity quilt-to-be for Because You Matter
and this
Fabrics for one of Cheryl's quilt patterns I'm testing--needs a neutral, yes?
My mum gave me a two-mug set that I just LOVE, when she was here.  It's from Serenity Lavender Farm.  We both helped to support her business when we stopped in for a visit!  I knew I'd use the box the mugs came in in my sewing corner, and last night, I got rid of the $1 store basket as a catch-all on my cutting table/pressing area, and replaced it:
I love organization, but pretty organization is even better!
Gotta say how much I also love my Elmer's school glue for binding now, mmm!
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict (whoop! whoop! for my finish) and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, and TGIFF which is at...HEY!  it's in Edmonton, Alberta, where I was born and raised :-)  at Slostudio


  1. What a fun fruit print, it make the whole quilt so bright and colorful.

  2. Both of those quilts are going to brighten someone's day! They turned out great. And I see you have many more wonderful quilts all lined up. Nice job!

  3. I love your nine-patch quilt with its diagonal layout! Tell me more about using Elmer's glue when you are binding. I haven't tried that! And I never got a chance to comment on your post showing your beautiful home on the lake, but I loved those photos. How I would love to live just a block from the water where you could see it everyday!

  4. I love seeing all the pictures. That lily pad quilting is a fun design to quilt, but my mother-in-law saw tulips on my quilt. So neat that you combined the two techniques. And yes, a neutral would help the other fabrics sing.

  5. I love the way that you've put the colours together in the 9 patch! Lovely work. Thanks so much for linking up with TGIFF!

  6. Kewl!!! In Edmonton, yay!
    Oh this is such a beautiful quilt, LOVE those jewel tones too, great work!!!

  7. Lovely scrappy goodness headed for a good home. Yay! I'm looking forward to seeing Dayna's quilt :) It isn't that late. The quilt I made as a wedding gift for my brother and his wife was a year and a half late - though I think I had excellent excuses and they don't hold it against me (I think).

  8. Those Tutty Fruity quilts are so peppy and wonderfully scrappy Sandra - they are sure to brighten someone's day every time they look at them.
    It's okay to get things finished late. My goodness you had so much going on then anyway, I'm sure Dayna understands. Can't wait to see how her quilt turned out because it was looking fabulous in progress!

  9. Love this - amazing colours :)

  10. This is beautiful! I have a lot of fun with lilypad too, it's great to see it look flowing and easy in your hand.

  11. The quilting is awesome on these quilts, Sandra! Me thinks you and Avril are singing the same tune once again! It didn't take long for you to get back into the swing! LOVE the fruity fabric on the backing!! Not typically drawn to that type of fabric but those colors are AMAZING! These quilts are sure to be loved and appreciated!!


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