Before I had a falling out with the local chapter of Project Linus, I made a lot of quilts for them. They required that all stitching be done by machine, so that’s what I did whether I liked it or not. Then when they decided that my machine stitching was not what they wanted, either, I quit making quilts for them. Some of the pictures are of tops, most are of finished quilts. Some of them are made from my own fabrics, some from fabric provided by Project Linus. The last quilt in this bunch was made for one of the wounded veterans programs, I forget which one. I only made the top on this one, since they had a longarmer to do the actual quilting. I miss making charity quilts — they’re a great size for experimenting with different
patterns, etc. One of these days I’ll find someone else who wants my work.
ETA, January 2015:
I’ve found several groups who want quilts to give away to those who need them, so I’m making more charity quilts again, which makes me very happy. I will be adding to this category fairly frequently, I hope.
Project Linus quilts:
I don’t know the name of this pattern. Whenever this happens, it’s generally because I cribbed it from a quilt at a quilt show.
This is called Ribbon Star. I organized a swap with the Washington State Internet Quilters group a while back, so I have a stack of a couple hundred blocks similar to this (see below) waiting for me to put them together. One of these days…
I think this pattern is called Butterflies.
These two are the exact same blocks, arranged in two different ways.
I think of this pattern as a plaid four-patch. I’ve made several in this arrangement over the years.
These two quilts are both the same pattern, Warm Wishes.
This is a Jewel Box — the same pattern as the one I used for my niece Emily’s bed-sized quilt.
An off-center barn-raising arrangement of the traditional Log Cabin pattern.
Snowball blocks (the print is of marbles) alternated with a nine-patch variation.
Another nine-patch variation — I think this variation has a name of its own, but I can’t remember it. The center squares are a nautical-themed fabric.
Another nine-patch variation, alternated with plain squares in a mostly-unsuccessful attempt to make it sort of 3D looking.
This pattern is called Ozark Maple Leaves. I just love this pattern. My first bigger-than-a-pillow quilt was an Ozark Maple Leaf quilt.
Rail Fence, Roman Stripe. Something like that, anyway.
Someday I’m going to make a bed-sized version of the one just above. It’s a Simple Star variation, but I love the robbing Peter to pay Paul effect.
Another Warm Wishes, which has got to be one of the world’s easiest quilt patterns. I could probably make a Warm Wishes in my sleep. But it looks different every time. Quite an amazing little pattern, and I have WASIQ (my online quilt group, the Washington State Internet Quilters) to thank for letting me know of its existence.
Wounded Hero quilt
I would like to make more wounded veteran quilts, but I do wish they didn’t require them to be red, white, and blue.
These are four placemats I made for Meals on Wheels through WASIQ a couple of years ago. Hand-quilted.
And my newest donation quilts:
This is the Jewel Box pattern I’ve made several times before. I
actually pieced this and started quilting on it in September, 2015, so that I’d have something to work on when I quilted in public at the Job Carr Cabin’s Pioneer Days celebration.
This is a Simple Star variation. I really didn’t mean to make it in San Francisco 49ers colors (I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Seattle
Seahawks fan) — I was just riffing off of the colors in the center stars fabric.
And here’s a close-up so you can see the fabric in question, as well as the hand quilting.
I hope this makes a Seahawks fan who is going through a hard time happy. I bought the helmet fabric a while back, then realized I was probably never going to make a quilt out of it for myself (I mean, I’m a fan, but I’m not that big a fan — I did use it for a mandala pillow backing, though), so why not?
Here’s a closeup of the border quilting.
I call this the bug quilt. You’ll see why in the close-up below. It’s a nine-patch variation alternated with a snowball block.
This is one of the three different bug fabrics in the snowball blocks, plus a better view of the quilting.
This is a misfit quilt. I’m calling it that because I had a little bit of a bunch of novelty fabrics, everything from frogs to marbles to DIY, that I wanted to use up, so I made a bunch of blocks that only go together because they’re the same pattern. I kind of like this
concept and want to do it again. Hand-quilted, just diagonal lines, 36″x48″.
Another misfit quilt, which is probably one of the busiest block and fabric combinations I’ve ever made. Also, for some reason, I managed to make twice as many half square triangle units as I meant to, and so I decided to use the excess as a border.
I’m calling this one the Russian quilt, because the fabric in the
alternating stars is a Russian folktale print. It’s fussy cut to keep from cutting anyone’s head off.
This one’s a Many Trips Around the World pattern. The fabric I started with is the one that looks like a motley light gray in the picture. The purple birds are what jump out, though. Oh, well. 36″x48″, hand quilted in a cross-hatch pattern.
I call this one the feather quilt because the focus fabric (which you can’t really see well in this photo, sorry) is teal, blue, and gray feathers. It looks a lot better in person, alas.
The blue and silver quilt. The patterned fabric was a pain in the rear to quilt because of the metallic coating. The blue and the white fabrics are fairy frost, which are also metallic, but for some reason much easier to quilt through.
And here’s a closeup of the fabrics and the simple cross-hatch quilting:
This one’s the pinwheel quilt (for obvious reasons). Another misfit fabric quilt, with the robbing Peter to pay Paul effect I like so much.
The globe quilt. I was going to call it the globe fence quilt, but decided not to, given the current political climate. This is definitely outside of my normal color choices, but it’s growing on me.
The critter quilt. I was looking for a pattern to showcase the animal fabric, and finally came up with the idea of a single block of the Burgoyne Surrounded pattern. 48″ square, hand-quilted.