One thing about quilting for charity is the need never ends. There are so many worthy causes to give to, and it gets hard to decide what to do next. It has been pointed out several times that the most difficult quilts to get donated are the ones suitable for an older boy. It is easy to do toddler prints, and girlie stuff. But there are older boys on the list too, often overlooked. So, that is my focus for the next couple of quilts. I am going to do larger ones suitable for an older boy, or young man.
My biggest problem with that is in fabric. My stash is heavy Thimbleberries, florals and darks, lots of autumn colors, much too adult for my purposes, or too girlie. These fabrics were more generic, just some dots and swirls.
There was only enough blue for the center patch, so I cut 12. I cut 24 gold ones for either side and sewed those rows. They are five inch squares.
Ok, you know I usually show you my boo-boos. Here’s another. When I got to the end I was one short, yet I knew I had cut the right number. Get out the ripper, I sewed two golds to one blue. Ugh!!
Got that straightened out, and completed the center rows for the blocks.
The gold and brown rows went much faster, as I could sew entire width of fabric in rows. I used 5 inch wide strips.
Then I cut the sections into five inch strips.
I pressed all toward the gold so I had nicely nesting seams.
Here is the nine-patch block.
Cut and turned in the usual manner.
Sewn one at a time. I tend to get wonky blocks if I try to chain piece at this stage.
The blocks were sewn into four groups of three blocks.
Then the rows were sewn together. And now, a decision to be made.
I don’t have enough of the blue with the dots left to do a border. I do have these other blues.
Neither one is an exact match for color. I also have enough of the brown, but I think that would be too much brown.
Which do you like?
See part 2 here.