Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Another Service Quilt


This is my second one-block quilt from Sew One and You're Done for the 40 Quilt Service Project. All the fabrics were in my stash except for the pink floral. Without it, the quilt was a bit somber, and the pink makes it more cheerful. I'm going to use the same pink fabric for the back. Originally I used more green, but that really made it dark and formal looking, so I substituted the blocks with other colors until I was happy with how it looked. Vicki is going to quilt this one and the one in the last post.

Doing this quilt has really caused me to review my stash. I've bought little fabric in the last year, but before that I bought a lot of remnants and fat quarters in a random fashion, which is good for scrap quilting, but not so good for more coordinated projects. As I make these quilts I'm cutting down any small pieces of fabric I find into uniform sizes for a big scrap quilt. It's a way to clear the stash of stuff that I'm not likely to do much with because the pieces are small. On the other hand, these 1-block quilts are great for using 1 yard pieces. 4-5 one yard cuts make a 60" quilt, so I've been clearing out a few larger miscellaneous pieces as well.
This blue quilt was made completely from stash. I haven't sewn it together yet, but it's waiting patiently for me on the design wall. The black floral is actually from a dress my mother gave me specifically so that I could use the fabric. I think I may have to make this one up for her for Mother's Day.

I'll be making at least one more of these 1-block quilts. Debra sent me a cut of Hawaiian floral fabric from her stash, and I'll use it to make another charity quilt. That one will be a lot of fun since the colors are so vibrant, and nothing says "vacation" like tropical prints.

10 comments:

Allison Ann Aller said...

Elegant and pretty, Barbara!

Debra Spincic said...

I love both of these quilts! I am making some stash adjustments too--nothing like a new way of thinking to get the old cobwebs out of the head.

Samantha said...

I love this one-block quiltidea! Yours are lovely.

Susan said...

This pattern is so great for this. A friend and I are doing a similar one for AmHero - they go so fast and do use the stash.

Rian said...

I love these one and yer done quilts. I like the look of them. And you did a marvelous job with the stash. One of these days I want to make a scrappy, unplanned, stash-busting quilt like this. Brava.

Granny Fran said...

I just got that book from Amazon, after seeing it in your blog. I can't wait to make some of them. Yours are beautiful. I always love your use of fabric. You have a great feel for putting them together.

Alison said...

Great idea and better still to see some blocks made up. Your colours are great. Have to chase this book up.

The Carolina Quilter said...

These are absolutely gawgeous!

Fairy Crafts said...

I found you via comment on Allie's blog this morning (at last!!!) It's good to see the same people here. I especially enjoyed your beautiful quilts, as I have such a love of the traditional patchwork -as well as the Art Crazies. I have graphed some of them for knitting - and cut fabric strips for it - even made "raggedy knit tote bags" for the grandchildren.!!

Vicki w said...

Barbara, just wanted you to know that your lovely quilt tops made it to me today safe and sound! I will get started on them when I return from MQX (April 15th)and have them back to you in early April for binding. I couldn't convince my Mom to do it - I didn't know that she had volunteered for several other charity projects with her guild! I hope I do these lovely quilts justice.
Vicki