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September Blocks for BELIEVE do.good stitches

Hi everyone!  I’m hosting the bee for the BELIEVE’s circle September quilt!  It’s my first time & I’m very excited!

Salt Air Crossings by Andrea of Millions of Thoughts.  Free pattern found on Moda Bake Shop.

Salt Air Crossings by Andrea of Millions of Thoughts. Free pattern found on Moda Bake Shop.

We are going to be using the Salt Air Crossings Quilt tutorial found over at the Moda Bake Shop.

September do.good stitches block
Please make 1 Block A & 1 Block B.

For the “Print” fabrics, please use an orange fabric: print or solid.

For the “Solid” fabric, please use a solid white, white on white or low volume fabric.

If you’re not in our circle & would like to contribute a block, please contact me & I’ll send you my mailing address.  All blocks need to be mailed by the September 30.

Thank you & I’m very excited to see how my first bee quilt develops!

 

Anna’s Quilt of Valor

Good morning!

Here’s another Quilt of Valor for you! (and before you say anything, yes, I’ve been quilting lots of Quilts of Valor lately- July must have inspired everyone to support such a wonderful program!)

Anna's Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts

This was another top I received from Anna.  You may remember her quilts here & here.

Anna's Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts

It’s another beautiful scrap quilt & because I noticed there were quite a few floral fabrics, I was inspired to use my Ambrosia quilting design.

Ambrosia by Patricia Ritter, 7.25"

Since becoming involved with Quilts of Valor, I’ve started to notice them everywhere.  Which makes me wonder, have you make a Quilt of Valor?  Would you be interested if I designed a free pattern to support their cause?

 

 

Sister’s Choice Quilt of Valor

The Sister’s Choice Quilters up in Falls Church gave me several Quilts of Valor in July!

This one was pieced by Anna & it may look familiar to you- remember this quilt?  I love the simplicity of the design & how it’s a wonderful scrappy pattern.

Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts

I decided to use the Seaweed panto to add movement to the quilt.

Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts

Seaweed

Seaweed

It’s been a great pleasure to work with these ladies on these quilts!  I hope I have the privilege of quilting for them often.

Betty’s Quilt of Valor

I received a request through Quilts of Valor to longarm in July where I volunteer to longarm 1 a month through the official website.  For July I was paired with Betty, a piecer from Pennsylvania.

She sent me a beautiful rail fence quilt.  I love how the stripes make the border pop!

Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts
I chose the Ambrosia quilting design as I was inspired by the pattern in the cream fabric.

Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts
It’s been a wonderful pleasure to be able to support such a worthy cause!

Quilts from the Bluffs Fundraiser

People always ask me if I’ll make them a baby quilt for them to buy & 90% of the time my answer is no.  This is for many reasons, but since I’m not making quilts to sell, I wanted to share that Quilts from the Bluffs currently has four 36″ baby quilts for sale!

These are the cutest Dinosaur quilts with an adorable flannel backing!

dino quilt 2 dino quilt 3 dino quilt 4 Dino Quilt1

They are a STEAL at $50/piece & on top of that it’s a 100% tax deduction!

Flannel backing
If you want one of these I highly recommend emailing Jeanine at qftbluffs@gmail.com right now!

Quilts from the Bluffs is a wonderful, volunteer run ministry.  They have given away over 300 quilts to date in 2015 & focus their quilts for those in need in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.  They are completely funded by donations & the sweat of their quilters.  Can we help them out folks?

July Do.Good Stitches Block

Another month for the do.good stitches project!

July do.good stitches for the Believe Circle

This month we were asked to make Bear Paw blocks from a free pattern through the Fat Quarter Shop.

The colorway was a beautiful palette from design seeds I think?  I love the programs where you can upload a photo & they give you the color scheme- it’s a great way to put together ideas for a quilt & it helps give specific guidelines when working in a group project like this one- much better than saying “yellow & gray.”

For as traditional as the Bear’s Paw block is, I think it was the first time I’ve made one!  It went well & I was able to use scraps.  The only thing I changed was the pattern called for you to cut 2 7/8″ squares for the Half Square Triangle “Claws” & I cut 3″ squares, then trimmed them down to a finished 2 1/2″.  This is actually a huge pet peeve of mine- HST’s cut exactly at the 7/8″ line need to be sewn with a very precise scant 1/4″ seam allowance to come out perfectly- there’s no room for any error.  However, if you just cut your squares 1/8″ larger to the next “whole number,” you can trim down your HSTs & pretty much ensure the HST will come out exact.  Basically, cut it a little larger & give yourself space rather than stress.

Aside from that it was fun to make, but sheesh there are lots of HST’s in one block!  Very glad I only had to make one!

Foster Teen Quilts, Part 2

As promised, here’s part 2 of the Foster Teen Quilt Project!  If you missed Part 1- here you go!

I wanted to take this time to share some facts about kids in the foster system while I share the four feminine quilts we made.

On any given day, there are approximately 402,000 children in the foster system in the United States.

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
The City of Alexandria on average has about 100 children in foster care. About half of the children are a part of large sibling groups, almost half are middle –school age or older.

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
The amount of time a child stays in foster care can vary from as little as a few days to a number of years.

The average time and Alexandria child spends in foster care is one  year.

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Youth who age out of the foster care system are more likely than their non–foster care peers to be involved with the criminal justice system, have low educational attainment, become pregnant, and experience homelessness.

Foster children attend an average of seven to nine different schools by age 18—80% are held back in school by the third grade. Less than half of foster youth in the nation will graduate from high school and only 2% graduate from college or higher.

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts
 Thank you for sharing in this journey.  It was a wonderful experience for our moms group & an incredible joy for us to give quilts so freely to these teens.

Lastly, I want to invite you to think about how you can help foster children in your town.  Get in touch with a local social worker & chat about how your skills, whatever they are, can help foster kids.

Many thanks to Kathryn Coneway for helping me photograph the quilts & Krystal Fenwick, social worker for the City of Alexandria who provided these facts.  And of course, to my mom’s group for coming along on this crazy adventure with me!

Foster Teen Quilts

About three months ago I came across an email asking for donations for graduating foster teens.  It was more than your typical monetary solicitation, this woman was asking for umbrellas & wastebaskets for these teens.

See, when teens age out of the foster system, one day they in the custody of the state, the next they are on their own.  They leave with mostly the clothes they are wearing & that’s it folks.  They don’t get to go shopping to decorate their new apartment paid for courtesy of their parents, they don’t even get a set a sheets.

In Alexandria however a social worker is trying her hardest to give them a start.  She has arranged a graduation ceremony to recognize this huge milestone in their lives & is working with the community to give them a wastebasket of basic items.

I read the initial email & immediately knew I wanted to give them quilts.  But truly I had no idea how I would pull it off.  Granted it was only seven quilts, so it seemed possible in theory, but Teapot was in between crawling & walking, & I wasn’t getting much sleep.

I knew several women in my mom’s group quilted & I was familiar with the string quilt project Quilts from the Bluffs runs where the blocks can be sewn by many different quilters.  I took this idea to the women & to my surprise they were excited & anxious to start!

We sewed & sewed & sewed.  Those who didn’t know how to sew contributed by cutting & pressing strips as we sewed.  We sewed during nap times, after bedtime, while babies crawled around our legs, together at meetups, alone in our homes.  I longarmed all the quilts & then led a class in machine binding for the women.

There are seven graduating foster teens this year, three men & four women.  These are the masculine quilts.

On the red quilt I used a freehand square meander pattern that I love for men’s quilts!
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

On the blue quilt I used the “Square Spiral” pantograph that works up nice & quickly while adding interest.
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

On the green quilt I used “Zebra” which is fast becoming a favorite.
Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

Foster Teen quilts by Ormond Beach Quilts

It was an empowering project for the moms.  We all have babies under two years old & the most surprising realization for me this first year of Teapot’s life is how all your life becomes this child & much of what you used to do is impossible to do anymore.  Through all of us working together & supporting each other, we were able to make seven quilts in ten weeks with babies.   This was no small feat, but our love for these teens they’ve never met gave us the determination to finish.

In my next post I’ll share pictures of the feminine quilts & also share some data about foster children.

*also thank you to Kathryn Coneway who help me photograph these quilts!  I learned a lot about photography from watching her work those two mornings as we documented these quilts!

do.good stitches for June

My do.good stitches bee is done! I finished them this past Saturday morning during an open sewing meetup for my mom’s group in my studio.

June do.good stitches by Ormond Beach Quilts

This month we were instructed to use the Quarter Log Cabin blocks tutorial by Red Pepper Quilts.

We were also instructed to make 3 blocks & to add one additional row to make them 8″ square.

Our color palette was yellows, oranges, reds and pinks .  From my strip scrap bins I dug out enough for a pink, yellow & red block.

I used white on white prints in the blocks as I discovered I didn’t have any fabrics that were mostly white with bits of yellow, pink or red.  I think the effect is still there though & it’s a scrap quilt, so while this is a controlled scrappy quilt, I think it still works.

I can’t wait to see how the quilt comes out with everyone’s blocks!

You can check out May’s final quilt on our group’s Flickr page!

June’s Quilt of Valor

A week or two ago, I pulled another Quilt of Valor off the longarm:

Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts

I believe this was pieced by Anna D. & I’m not sure of the pattern, but it looks like it’s comprised of 4, 5″ squares.

  • One is in the center.
  • Two have been cut in half to make 2.5″x5″ rectangles which are placed around the center square.
  • The last 5″ square is cut into 4, 2.5″ squares which are then placed in the corners.

Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts
I used the Zebra quilting design again & love how it looks!

Quilt of Valor longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts
Zebra by Hermoine Agee, 8"