Posts Tagged ‘scrap quilt’

6 Pretty Quilts from Nancy

August 16, 2011

One of the many lovely benefits of coordinating long arming for QBB is that every once in a while I get to meet someone in my neck of the woods. As some of you know, I belong to several long arming Yahoo groups and I occasionally post that I have tops kitted up and ready for quilting. Over the last 4 years I’ve had respondents from Alaska to Florida, Maine to California, even from Canada. No one from Hawaii, yet, but perhaps that will happen and I can drop off the tops in person, and practice the hulas I’ve learned over the years!

Anyway, I digress. Last month I received a note from a lady named Nancy Sturgeon, who had seen our blog and was offering to quilt for us. That name looked very familiar to me, so I did a little searching and discovered that Nancy and I belonged to the same guild, the Northern Illinois Long Arm Guild! I met Nancy for lunch and dropped off 6 tops, and was delighted at the next guild meeting when Nancy showed the lovely completed quilts at the guild’s Show and Tell. Nancy talked about Quilts Beyond Borders and mentioned the wonderful synergy of doing good for a needy child at the same time as you get to practice new techniques and enhance your skills. Nancy’s talk encouraged two other guild members to sign up to quilt some tops for us, and Nancy picked up 6 more tops to do for us before the next guild meeting.

Nancy did a wonderful job of the quilts, using a different technique for each of them. Click on the thumbnails below so you can see a close-up.

Thanks for doing such a great job of these, Nancy! I know the children will love them! And thanks so much for introducing QBB to our guild!



Another Male Quilter

August 5, 2011

We have another male quilter, Kent, who made these two tops.  The first one is a good example of using up scraps, and is a fun quilt too.  The second one is from a kit that Kent picked up at International Quilt Festival.  He did a great job on both of them.

Additionally, Kent and Faith generously donated 4 boxes of fabric.  We will be able to make many tops from the fabric, and make some children very happy.  Thank you, Kent and Faith!

Another top made by Leigh Ann will become a fun, happy quilt for the child who receives it.  Thank you, Leigh Ann!

All of you making tops, quilting tops, and making complete quilts are doing such a wonderful job.  The children these quilts are going to own nothing, and these quilts will definitely brighten their lives.  Thank you for caring.


Diagonal Scrap Quilt

July 12, 2011

I finished the top that required math.  Again, I used scrap ends, but this time I sewed them on the diagonal.  It turned out cute, but a little fussier to make.  I have a couple more ideas on using scraps ends, that I hope turn out cute, but using shorter lengths of scrap ends.  I’ll post pictures when I get them done.


There is almost no scrap too skinny

April 6, 2011

I know that we all end up with scraps from our quiltmaking, and many times we think the scraps are just too small.  Or if you are a longarmer, your customer may not want the trimmings from their quilt back.  Or we may send you a top to quilt and there are trimmings left (yes, we want the trimmings sent back to us).

This top isn’t totally pieced yet, but it is made with strips no wider than 2″, except one strip, and as short as about 4″ long.  This is just from the yellow scraps that I have.  When I finish piecing all the other colors, I will have made about 8 tops just out of these throwaway scraps.  Scraps 2 1/4″ and wider are saved for binding (yes I piece all different fabrics in a same colorway to make binding).  Strips 3 1/2″ wider are used to make kits in a modified rail fence pattern.  Strips narrower than about 3/4″ wide are saved for a lady who stuffs dog beds that she donates to the SPCA.  Absolutely nothing goes to waste or in a landfill.

So, if you have these skinny strips, I challenge you to make a top with them and send me a picture to post.  Or, if working with strips that small makes you want to scream, or you just throw them out, send the scraps to me.  I will make beautiful quilts for the orphaned children in Ethiopia with those scraps.  My address is under Pages under Where to send tops…  I will post pictures of the quilts I make with your scraps.


More cute quilts

April 5, 2011

More quilts came from some longarmers who did a great job quilting them. These quilts were so cute that I didn’t even take the time to bind them because I wanted to share them right away.  I really need to get better at taking pictures because the pictures just aren’t adequately showing how cute all these tops and quilts are.

All the tops were made by Audrey who has a great sense of color and made some really lovely tops, but then I am a sucker for a scrap quilt.  So, these quilts can also give you some ideas for using up those scraps.

Thank you Bea, Gail and Audrey.  These quilts are going to be really appreciated by the lucky children who receive them.


Scrap Quilt Using Just Fabric Widths

February 10, 2011

This top was made using fabric scraps that were the width of the fabric.  I arranged the strips from dark to light.  I even used my digital camera and took a picture in black and white so I could make sure that the colors didn’t confuse me as to which fabric was darker than the next.  The strips are varying widths and just leftovers.  This one sews up very fast.

This style is similar to what Terri was piecing and quilting all at the same time on her longarm.  See Carla post below for the link to Terri’s blog and instructions.


Last of the 2″ wide strip scrap tops

February 7, 2011

These are the last of the scrap tops made using the 2″ wide strips.


More scrap quilts

February 2, 2011

Ok, these aren’t quilts yet, still just tops, but when they grow up they will be quilts.  These are some more scrap tops using 2″ wide strips of scrap fabric in different colorways.  Will post the rest of the colorways when they are done.  Also, another really fast top to make is using a center panel and then just adding borders around it.  See the picture below.


A couple more scrap tops

January 24, 2011

I like the gradation on these better than the first one.  On the first one, when I ran out of the dark, I start over with the light, plus I was working with three stacks of gradated fabric.  On these when I ran out of dark, then I started back from the dark to the light.  I still have the pink, yellow, red, black, orange, tan/brown, and green strips to make into tops.

Tomorrow I’ll post pics of a couple of donation quilts that we received.


Another Scrap Top

January 22, 2011

Here is another scrap top made with 2″ wide strips (finish at 1 1/2″).  My intention was to sort the fabric from light to dark, and use that gradation until I ran out and then start with the lights again, but you can see that I didn’t always get that right.  There will be several more tops using the same pattern since a lady donated a bunch of these 2″ wide strips.