Tuesday, July 29, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids Kick Off Giveaway

Hi everyone! In just a few short days we'll be kicking off 100 Quilts for Kids 2014! The linky opens Friday, August 1st, so be sure to visit the 100 Quilts for Kids page here to join in the fun. Last year nearly 200 quilts were donated to children in need, and I'd love to get us past the 200 mark for this year - that's where you come in! 

To help us promote 100 Quilts for Kids this year, Jennifer of Knotted Threads is giving away a bundle of Mochi Dots from her shop. You can win by helping spread the word! Also, don't forget that Jennifer is offering a 10% off coupon to her shop to for the duration of the event: QUILTSFORKIDS10. Head on over to her shop to stock up on some beautiful fabrics for your charity quilt (or for later selfish sewing!)

Mochi Dots from Knotted Threads on Etsy
How can you win? Leave one comment on this post for each of these:

1. Blog about 100 Quilts for Kids and link to the event page here. You can also grab a button on the sidebar.
2. Find my post on Instagram (@quiltsinthequeue) and repost with #100quilts4kids and tag @quiltsinthequeue. If you do this, still come back here to comment.
3. Tweet about the event use #100quilts4kids. Comment here that you did.
4. Post about the event on Facebook.
5. One other of your choice (Pinterest, Google +, others I don't know about yet!)

I'd also appreciate if you would share with your guild, your aunt who quilts, or anyone else who'd like to join in (no entries for those - sorry!).

I'll announce the winner next Tuesday, August 5th.

Monday, July 28, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids Sponsor Highlight

I'm back today feature more of the amazing sponsors and wonderful prizes for this year's 100 Quilts for Kids. Come back tomorrow for a fun giveaway to kick of this year's event!
Jennifer of Knotted-Thread is donating a bundle of Mochi Dots. Also, she's offering 10% off for participants of 100 Quilts for Kids using the coupon code QUILTSFORKIDS10. Head on over to her shop to stock up on some beautiful fabrics for your charity quilt (or for later selfish sewing!)
Kati at From the Blue Chair is donating a set of her PDF patterns, as well as a custom bundle from her stash (!) based on the winner's selected color preferences.
Katie of Swim Bike Quilt is donating a copy of her book, Vintage Quilt Revival.
Lee of Freshly Pieced is donating three of her PDF patterns. I love the graphic impact of her quilts. I think Diamond Tread is gorgeous!
Marmalade Fabrics is donating a $30 gift certificate to their online shop. You know they will always have the perfect shade of Kona for your project!
Lee of May Chappell is donating 3 of her PDF patterns. Many of her quilt patterns come in various sizes and come together quickly, so they'd be great for whipping up some charity quilts! I have to say the All Sewn Up pattern is pretty handy, too.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Waves QAL: Fabric Requirements

First things, first. Thanks for all of you who participated in the giveaway of the American Made Brand solids and the Bloc Loc rulers for our quilt along. Random.org chose these two winners:

#25 Lee for the 5 yard bundle of solids

#19 Jody for the Bloc Loc rulers

I'll be emailing you both to get your mailing info. Thanks for playing along!

This post is part of the Waves QAL that I am hosting for 100 Quilts for Kids. You can find all the posts in this quilt along here. Feel free to grab a button from my sidebar if you are joining.

Below is a mock up of the Waves quilt, which is made up entirely of half rectangle triangle units. Each unit finishes at 3" x 6" so the dimensions are 48" x 54". My original HRT quilt used 4" x 8" units and finished closer to 64" x 80" but I wanted to bring this down to more of a comfort quilt size.

waves quilt

The amount of fabric you will need ultimately will depend on the method you choose for making your HRTs - and we'll talk more about that next time - but in general plan for one fat quarter for each row in the quilt, in this case, 18. You could use 18 different fat quarters, or if you like the ombre effect of the solids quilt I will be making you could choose five yards of solids in a single color that range in value (note: in the lightest value of the mock up, I'll only use about 3/4 of a yard, but I can use the excess toward binding, etc). 

To finish the quilt you'll need about one half-yard for binding and about 3 and one half yards for backing. 

Ok, time to get shopping, or shopping your stash! I'll meet you back here on August 5th to start cutting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids: Prize Sponsors

I'm so excited about all the awesome prizes we have lined up as part of 100 Quilts for Kids this year. I know that many of you would participate in the event even if there weren't any prizes, but if you are anything like me this just helps motivate to get a finish by the deadline and avoids a new WIP languishing in your project basket.

Each week for the next several weeks I'm going to highlight 5-6 of our sponsors in order to draw out the anticipation and make sure they are each featured for their generosity. Below are the five for this week. If you get a chance, be sure to thank them for helping to make 100 Quilts for Kids a success!

As you might have heard, Clothworks donated two 5 yard bundles of their American Made Brand Solids for the Waves Quilt Along. One for me and one for a lucky winner (see giveaway here). Check out the Farm to Fabric challenge that American Made Brand is hosting here. There is still time to enter, and you may be among the quilts chosen for a special exhibit at Quilt Market and Festival in Houston this fall!
Aurifil is generously donating a box of 12 large spools of their famous thread, pictured here. That will quilt a lot of quilts!
Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew is giving away a bundle of 8 of her patterns.
Anna of Noodlehead is giving away a pattern bundle.
Bloc Loc is donating two sets of their half rectangle triangle (HRT) rulers for the Waves QAL. See the giveaway info here.

Stop by tomorrow for the fabric requirements for the Waves Quilt Along!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Garden Fence Deconstructed

Today, I'm posting about the third quilt I donated as part of Quilt Lemonade, a project my friend Val took on to gift quilts to children living in a group safe house in Guatemala.

Between Quilts

Each week leading up to 100 Quilts for Kids, I'm posting about a charity quilt I have recently made and donated. See my previous posts here and here. Speaking of 100 Quilts for Kids check out the quilt along I'm hosting as part of the event and enter to win a great giveaway!

If you stopped by last week, you know that I had a entire queen-sized quilt worth of black and red Garden Fence blocks that sat unused for a couple years. I pieced many of them into a standard grid with sashing, but decided for the second quilt that I would mix it up a bit by cutting the blocks into quarters and piecing them back together, sort of like a bento box pattern.
Deconstructed Garden Fence blocks
I think playing with the blocks like this made the process of using an old WIP more fun. I even tried some improv inserted strips, though in the end didn't love the way they came out. But that's ok - I was just experimenting and having fun with it!


Unfortunately, it seems I didn't take any great pictures of the quilting. Not that the quilting was all that great, but it was an all over geometric box shape to reflect the piecing.

Deconstructed Garden Fence close up

Despite some of the wonkiness of the blocks, I actually really love the way it turned out. I had a lot of issues with value in the original blocks (e.g., lack of contrast) but splicing them up into smaller pieces and moving them around really seemed to break up what would have been problem areas, and draws your eye around the quilt. I'm not sure I would make a lot of blocks like that again just to cut them up, but as I said above, it was a good way to make an old project seem "new" again.

Deconstructed Garden Fence

100 Quilts for Kids Quilt Along & Giveaway!

I'm really excited to announce that I'll be hosting a quilt along as part of 100 Quilts for Kids this year, and I hope you'll consider joining along! 

I've decided to call it the Waves Quilt Along and I even made a button for us to use! I know this isn't a huge deal, but I'm a little bit impressed with myself.

Quilts in the Queue

The schedule for the QAL is below, and you can always come back to this page to find all the QAL posts:

July 22nd: Fabric Requirements and Other Materials
August 5th: Cutting and Tutorials for Half-Rectangle Triangles
August 12th: Piecing the Half-Rectangle Triangles
August 26th: Joining the Rows
September 9th: Quilting Ideas
September 23rd: Finish Linky Party!

Before I decided to host this quilt along I thought for a long time about what type of design I'd like to do - What type of quilt might inspire people to make a charity quilt? What pattern could be flexible for a baby quilt or a quilt for a tween/teen? Could it be scaled to different sizes and work with different fabrics depending on the age of the recipient? Etc, etc. 

In the end, I decided I wanted to try my hand at another chevron quilt, similar to the one I made my sister's family, here. I think it's a really versatile pattern that could be made in sweet fabrics for a little one, but could also be made more mature for an older child who might receive the donated quilt. My original version used a fat quarter bundle of Tula Pink's Saltwater, and you can get a row of chevrons out of each fat quarter. My new version will feature all solids and have an ombre effect.

I'm excited to see the more graphic effect that I think will come from making the quilt out of solids, and also think it will allow it to be donated to a broader age group of children. This year for 100 Quilts for Kids, the DC Modern Quilt Guild is donating quilts to Carpenter's Shelter, a local family homeless shelter, that has children of all ages living there.

The fabrics I'll be using for my quilt are American Made Brand solids. Have you seen these yet? The entire process for sourcing and producing these fabrics occurs in the United States - you can read more about it here. The idea of American Made Brand really struck a chord with me when I heard about it last year. I've become more interested in where I source my clothing after reading this book, to the extent that I'm starting to make some of my own, but of course, who knows where the fabric I'm using comes from and under what circumstances it's made? American Made Brand is the type of company I am excited to support.

You might be interested to know that not only did Clothworks, the manufacturer of American Made Brand, send me a bundle of five yards of their solids for my quilt, they sent an extra set for one of you! See below for how you can win a the fire-y orange and red bundle for what I'm sure will make a stunning quilt!

American Made Brand Solids
Also, the half-rectangle triangles (HRTs) in this quilt, like half-square triangles, usually require some trimming to get them to behave properly. Since any mis-matched seams on an all solids quilt will really show up, I asked Bloc Loc if I could try out their HRT ruler set and they said sure thing! Not only that, they're sending an extra set for one of you, too! I'm excited to see what these most coveted of quilting rulers are all about. 

If you think you'd like to quilt along with me, please enter the giveaway for the American Made Brand solids bundle and the Bloc Loc ruler.  Giveaway now closed. A comment on this post earns you one entry, and you get one additional entry for each way you promote the quilt along and 100 Quilts for Kids - post about the event on Facebook, your blog, Twitter, or Instagram and come back here and leave a comment each time you do! The fabric is for US winners only - please note in your comment below if you are in the US. The give away for the Bloc Loc rulers is open to anyone. I'll draw two winners next Monday, July 21st and announce them when I post about the fabric requirements and other materials next week.

Also, for those of you who have been asking for a "100 Quilts for Kids" button (and for those of you who haven't) here it is! I hope you'll consider posting the button and spreading the word about 100 Quilts for Kids, starting August 1st!

Quilts in the Queue

Monday, July 14, 2014

Quarterly Finish Along Goals

Finish Along 2014

I've never participated in the quarterly Finish Along hosted by Katy (and I guess I won't "officially" this quarter either since it's past midnight on her side of the world) but I thought it would be good to set some goals for myself to try to follow through on a few important projects. I'm keeping this list fairly light because of all the commitments I have in the next few months - I think I'm only home one weekend in September! - but all the more reason to keep my eye on the prize!

First, I need to finish my do Good Stitches Arkansas Traveler quilt. I'll show some progress on that later this week, but it's not quite finished yet.

Playing with layouts for dGS Empower

Secondly, I need to finish my project for the Michael Miller fabric challenge in the next couple weeks. Certainly do-able, I just need to make it a priority.

Michael Miller Challenge

Finally, I need to start and finish a wedding quilt for a special friend. I'll be using some lovely shot cotton from these stacks that just arrived the other day from Craftsy, where they are on sale

Kaffe Fassett shot cotton bundles

I'm going to use Alison Glass' Tesselations pattern. I'm hoping the quilt along that Sara of Sew Sweetness is hosting on her blog will keep me on track!

Also, as a stretch goal, I'd like to make three garments from the patterns and fabrics I've amassed over the past couple months with the intent of making more of my own wardrobe. Check back with me in September to see how I did!