Sometimes you just need to let go and have some fun! I have had a wonderful/stressful/successful/wild and crazy busy year. You too? I “fell over the finish line” of teaching at Houston and when I returned, I was aching to quilt. I had a zillion ideas percolating in my head, but none of those ideas were well formed. It was one of those moments when I knew I NEEDED something fun to quilt.
So I got out my charity quilt kits from my local guild, the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, and started quilting a few tops. I wish I could say I have done a ton of these this year, but I think I’ve only done one other. I love having the time to do charity quilts. It gives back to the community and also gives me a chance to romp across a quilt.
I needed some easy, straight forward quilting to do, just for the pure pleasure of quilting. I used 2 of my “go to” motifs to romp across the quilt lickey split and be done. I think the quilting took less than 2 hours on each quilt.
I don’t really cull through the quilt kits to find the one I like best, I just take the one or two on top. This one seems especially cheerful! When I was in middle school I went gaga over daisies and I’ve still got a little bit of that in me. Daisies are such simple flowers-they make me smile.
If you have pets, you KNOW what happens when you lay a quilt out to block or photograph! Basset Boy thought I needed help. He seems to be mugging for the camera here, ya think??
So I just did this in a simple big all over bubble. It’s kind of fun how the quilting disappears on the busy black print.
This one has a more masculine feel to it.
People call this motif different things but it’s essentially a variation of what Diane Gaudynski calls “Headbands”. It may look a bit complex but it’s super easy once you “get” it. This is THE quickest way to quilt a piece that I know of.
You can probably see it a little better from the back.
The whole point of this little post is that charity quilts are fun for many reasons:
-you can practice a new motif in a no-stress situation
-you can quilt when you hit one of those spots where you don’t know what your next project will be
-you help your guild or organization
-and you help someone who could use a fabric hug!
Deep Thoughts on Charity Quilts
Now I have a thought about charity quilts. In class I talk up doing charity quilts as a way to practice your new found skills. More than one student has responded along the lines of not wanting to give charity quilts with anything less than our very best work. I disagree!
If I were down for the count, and someone brought me an unattractive quilt with less than stellar quilting, I would be touched-and I think most of us would be. I can’t imagine that I would be looking at it thinking, what a lousy quilting job! I would treasure the fact that someone put a quilt together for me. I would rather have a less-than-perfect quilt than none at all.
So please be encouraged to include charity quilts in your repertoire! It is a great way to practice AND give back to others who need a boost.