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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?

Quilting Highlights: Simple 9-Patch

This is another quilt I longarmed for Quilts from the Bluffs.  Isn’t it the most darling little quilt?

9-Patch quilt for Quilts From the Bluffs quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts
I love the design & balance of this quilt.

Design:
The 9-patches are bold & distinctively stand out in the quilt.  And by adding in the skinny teal inner border they gave the quilt a nice “pop”.  Now your eye isn’t getting bored with looking at pink & brown.

Balance:
The complementary print fabric adds texture and subtlety- see how it appears to hang out in the background & doesn’t overpower the 9-patches?  This is a great use of a print fabric!
Then the added brown cornerstones in the outside border then create a sense of continuity.

9-Patch quilt for Quilts From the Bluffs quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts
Quilting:
For the quilting I chose the pattern “Jilly” by Keryn Emmerson because the round design worked with the flowers in the print while at the same time the center of the swirls gives some dimension to the quilt.

Jilly by Keryn Emmerson, 6"

This quilt is one of the best examples of traditional quilt design I’ve seen recently.  I hope this quilt is kept a little girl warm this chilly winter!

Tuesday Tip: String Quilts, Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of the String Quilt Tutorial!  (Part 1 is over here.) Do you have your blocks ready to be trimmed?

We are going to trim the 7″ blocks down to 6 1/2″ & the 13″ down to 12 1/2″.  That way you can combine the blocks for a great scrappy quilt!

The example I will show you here is for the 7″ blocks- but the same theory will hold for the 13″ blocks.

Start with turning your string block upside down, with the strings going from the top right corner to the bottom left corner (that is if you’re right handed):

Now we are going to setup our ruler for trimming.  Right handed quilters will want to first trim the square on the right side & top.  Place a square ruler (my favorite is the 9 1/2″ square by either Omnigrid or Creative Grids), on top of the muslin foundation with the numbers starting a 0 in the top right corner.  Make sure the muslin base extends far enough to the left & bottom to pass the 6 1/2″ mark:

Go ahead & with your rotary cutter, cut the right side & top.  Remember to always cut away from yourself.  Your block should now look like this:

Next you will take the ruler off so you can rotate your block to trim the other two sides.  Take the newly trimmed corner & place it so that it is now in the bottom left corner.  Place your ruler on top of the block & now you will align the 6 1/2″ markings to the left & bottom sides.  You should have muslin extending from the top & right of the ruler:

Now go ahead & now trim the right & top sides:

Congratulations!  You have a completed string block!

To get an idea of what they look like together, here’s a pic of a string quilt I quilted last year for Quilts from the Bluffs.  I love the scrappy goodness:

Lastly, please consider making some of these blocks for Quilts from the Bluffs: Children’s Square String Block Collection.  These blocks will be made into quilts that children will given immediately upon entering their new temporary home at Children’s Square.  Our members have seen firsthand what receiving a quilt can do to these children’s spirits- join Quilts from the Bluffs as we work to help enwrap these children in love.

Hearts a Flutter Longarm Quilting Designs


Some of the quilting designs I use just make me so happy!  This pattern is called “Hearts a Flutter,” by Lisa Calle & it looks beautiful on quilts! 

I love the movement, the flowy hearts, the curls- it’s a great design for feminine quilts that isn’t too formal.

(Also, here’s the front, just a simple panel quilt, but the pattern makes it lovely!  This is for Quilts from the Bluffs.)

Quilting for Good: Quilts from the Bluffs String Quilts for Children’s Square

Happy Friday everyone!

I’m very excited to start a new series called “Quilting for Good.”  Quilters are a giving people.  We’re always making things for others whether that be quilts, sewn items, or the food we make.  (example, have you ever been to a quilter’s potluck?  Seriously they have the best food!)

So in this series, I want to highlight some of the great service projects quilters around the world are organizing so you can also be a part of helping others.

The Project:
Quilts from the Bluffs (a local quilting ministry) has taken on the project of making string quilts for the Children’s Square home in Council Bluffs, Iowa (just across the river from Omaha).  These quilts will be given to the children who live there to have as there own.

This project is not only close to home for me in terms of location, but the true heart of the project is dear to me because of my time working at the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska.  I worked in a clubhouse in Anchorage that mostly supported foster children.  This led to me work first hand with children who had just been separated from everything they knew (parents, siblings, extended family, village life) & dropped into city life with new people and unfamiliar customs.  Most of them also came only with the clothes they were wearing.  Working with these children and helping them transition into their new lives made me see how the most vulnerable in our society can be ignored and how their individuality can easily be put aside.

These quilts for Children’s Square will be given to those children in transition.  A quilt they can take with them as they navigate the foster care system and life.  We may not be able to work directly with those children, but we can give them a quilt made from love- a patchwork quilt made of many blocks from many quilters. 

How to Help:
To assist in this effort, you can make string blocks using the String Block tutorial using 7″ and 13″ foundations (please leave them untrimmed) and send them to:

Quilts from the Bluffs
3118 Gold Rush Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Or bring them to the monthly quilt day the second Saturday of each month.
20794 Iowa Hwy 92
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Please consider giving some time for this project, this project is unique because Quilts from the Bluffs isn’t asked for a whole quilt- just blocks.  We quilters are very busy with many obligations, but we can find the time to make a block or two for these children.  Volunteers with Quilts from the Bluffs will trim these squares, piece and complete these into 72×84 quilts for this project.
To see some quilts they have already made, check out these posts from Quilts from the Bluffs:
Another String Quilt Top
Delivery to Children’s Square
February 2013 Quilt Day Reminder
String Quilts in the Making
String Quilts for Children’s Square

Thank you so much!

Tuesday Tip! What to do with those Leftover Strips, Part 1

Because you all have been so wonderful & patient with me missing the last two Tuesday Tips- the next two weeks are special ones!   A quilt block tutorial on how to use those random leftover strips!

String Quilt Tutorial

You know those strips you have leftover after finishing a project?  Where the directions told you to cut a 2 1/2″ strip to subcut for only 5, 2 1/2″ squares?  And you needed to do that for all five fabrics in the quilt?  This is a great way to use those strips & thereby creating a “free” quilt top!

First start with pre-washed muslin as your foundation base.  Cut this into either 7″ or 13″ squares. (I’ll explain why these measurements later):

String Quilt Tutorial

Now take your first strip & lay it right side UP across the middle diagonal of the block.  The strip should be long enough to cover both points.  Note that this is the ONLY time you will place the strip right side UP:

String Quilt Tutorial

Now take your next string & place it right side DOWN on top of the first strip, making sure the long edges of the strip match.  Notice that the second strip is long enough to over the muslin:

String Quilt Tutorial

Now sew that with a 1/4″ seam allowance and press open.  Next you are going to lay a strip on the other side of the center strip:

String Quilt Tutorial

Sew that strip down & this is what your block should look like:

String Quilt Tutorial

Pick a side to continue building upon.  I chose the “left” side:

String Quilt Tutorial

Now what do you do if your strip is a little long, like this one:

String Quilt Tutorial

Very easy!  Just give the strip a little trim to make it the size you need!  But don’t throw away that excess, you may be able to use it in the end:

String Quilt Tutorial

Now continue along, adding strips to both sides of the block as shown in these photos:

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String Quilt Tutorial

And ta-da!  You have a string block!

String Quilt Tutorial

Here is a 13″ block complete:

String Quilt Tutorial

And here is a block that uses strips at random.  It may look odd here, but in a quilt full of these, it has a great scrappy look!

String Quilt Tutorial

So go make lots of string blocks!  Also consider making some for Quilts from the Bluffs Children’s Square Project!

Next week I’ll show you how to square up the blocks & I’ll hopefully have some pictures of completed string quilts!  Enjoy!

*Update*
Here are other other String Quilt posts:
String Quilt Tutorial Part 2
Quilting for Good: String Quilts for Children’s Square

Linking up with:

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Quilts of Valor

Here are some more quilts!

These have such a special story- Quilts from the Bluffs worked with a 4-H group in Council Bluffs to make several tops for Quilts of Valor. Each child was paired with a adult & they worked together to sew the quilt top.

I was asked to quilt 2 tops & choose to use Sue Schmeiden’s EZPZ Stars & Loops. You can see a better picture of it here:

I’m very thankful I was able to help out again for such a great program!

Quilts From the Bluffs

I recently got in touch with Jeanine who leads Quilts From the Bluffs, a quilting ministry out of Council Bluffs.She was in need of a longarmer for their many quilts tops pieced by their prolific piecers & with the new machine I needed practice tops.She eagerly gave me 10 tops to work on at our first meeting & this is one of them:

I quilted a wave through every string (no matter how wide or narrow) with King Tut thread.  Incidently, this was also the first quilt I completed on the new longarm back in August- it was so much fun playing with the new machine!