Friday, October 29, 2010

blogger's quilt festival--a charity quilt

charity quilt lavender and brown
I made this quilt for a charity project that the KCMQG has been working on over the last few months. We are making baby quilts that will be given to NICU babies (to be taken home and kept) at a local hospital. I made the quilt top and did the binding on this quilt, and it was quilted by the wonderfully talented Angela Walters, who blogs at Quilting is my Therapy and does lots of amazing things with her quilting.

This main challenge for me when putting this quilt together was dealing with the limited number of fabrics. I like to use lots of colors and fabrics when I make quilts, and this quilt only has 5 different fabrics total. I really enjoyed making the improvised blocks--I wanted to make blocks that looked balanced and went well together, but I also tried to use up my scraps as I went. :)

Here are some close-ups of Angela's quilting. It is so beautiful! I need to find out what kind of batting she used because I really like how it fluffed up after being washed.
quilting close-up 1

quilting close-up 2

quilting close-up 3

quilting closeup 4

Here's a little sneak peek of most of the KCMQG charity quilts. Over the next couple weeks I'm planning on sharing photos of each quilt too. (We will have over 30 quilts to donate when we are all done... getting close!)
charity quilts
Apparently some of the Modern Quilt Guild leaders have some kind of friendly competition going on and I'd like stick my nose in and invite and encourage challenge the other Modern Quilt Guild folks to find a need in their communities and make quilts for a local charitable cause. Let's use our talents, our love of fabric and quilting, to bring some love and comfort to others in need!

Now if you don't already know about this, please visit Amy's Creative Side because she's hosting her 4th Blogger's Quilt Festival this week! It's a great opportunity to see amazing quilts and meet new quilting and blogging friends. Thanks so much to Amy for all your hard work putting this together!




Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival

37 comments:

Eileen said...

love your quilt!! and i always get such a kick out of the fingers and legs sticking out behind so many pictures...it's one of my favorite things about looking at the quilt festival and/or blogs

angela said...

You did an awesome job of making those blocks! The quilt is fabulous!

machen und tun said...

the piecing and especially the quilting is adorable, great job!!
claudia

Lonci said...

I love this, congratulations:)

Elizabeth D. said...

I really love this quilt, especially the colors. It's so subtle and lets the block design really shine. Awesome work! I'm so following you now :)

bethanndodd said...

What a wonderful way for you to share your gift with others :) Beautiful work!

Candied Fabrics said...

Vicki! This is a WONDERFUL quilt...I love the monochromaticity of it! You did a great job of balancing it, with evevery block being unique! Bravo!

Angie Padilla said...

I actually think that 5 fabrics is a "decent" number for this type of quilt. And I have to say I really like these simple, boxy designs that your generation of quilters has brought to the table. The "wonkiness" works. I think this quilt is really pleasing to the eye.

Carol said...

Gorgeous fabrics. Love the color combination. A great project to share your talents with others.

Leslie said...

this is a gorgeous quilt...such soft colors. the quilting is just amazing.

Elizabeth said...

What a pretty quilt! I love the colors and the quilting is amazing. I love that it is going to such a great cause. Nice work.

xo -El

~Niki~ said...

oh my goodness gracious~fabulous. the color scheme is perfect.

Quiltycat said...

Love this quilt and the quilting is amazing!
nichi

quilthexle said...

Wonderful quilt - and I do understand somebody hesitating if you could only use 5 fabrics ;-)) The more the merrier! But your quilt is a great example of "it can be done" - and it looks perfect!

Allie said...

This is too beautiful - I love the airy, modern feel of it, and the quilting is just amazing! Excellent quilt!

Kelli said...

Such an awesome quilt, Vicki! I love the modern feel :)

Marit said...

A very modern and sophisticated quilt! What a generous gift! The quilting is beautiful, too...
Thank you for sharing!
; )

Angie said...

I just joined the Philly MQG -- the modern style of quilting is very neat! That is great that you have so many quilts for local charities. This style of quilting is very fun!

Rene' said...

Love the improvised blocks! The five fabrics work well together. Great that your guild is making charity quilts. Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

What a wonderful quilt! I love the soft palette and the gorgeous quilting adds beautiful (and snuggly) texture. Thanks so much for sharing!

SewSara said...

wow -- you're donating that?! awesome!! i'm feeling so inspired by all these beautiful quilts! :)

Rebecca Johnson said...

Vicky, Vicky, Vicky! This quilt is amazing!! The colours and the design...and i cant believe what a wonderful charity project your working on. For someone knowing the ICU experience... im not sure if you have had any experience with this...but i KNOW these quilts you are donating will touch comfort and change people lives. you are so amazing! xx

Kit Lang said...

What a neat quilt - such unusual colours - love it!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a wonderful quilt. I love the colours. I was surprised that theres only 5 fabrics, You've created so much interest with your blocks and placements that it looks like more. The quilting is stunning. What a great photo of all those quilts that are going to good homes, you'll make a lot of people very happy!

Notjustnat said...

Great quilts for good course. Thanks for sharing. I love the quilting on this one - Hugs Nat

Karen said...

Hi Vicki.
Your quilt has turned out really well. Great use of design with the colours you had. Love Angela's quilting, too.
What a wonderful gift for the hospital.

Christine said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thank you for donating such beautiful quilts. I have been in hospitals with my babies and I'm so grateful for those who donate blankets and other comforting things. It really makes a difference for the families there in those stressful times. I've been wanting to make some to donate also to our hospital to give back. Thanks for inspiring us all!

Mama Mel said...

What a lovely quilt! Beautiful quilting! :)

Kate said...

Such a wonderful thing to donate such a wonderful quilt - I know how amazing a NICU is (my twins were prem) and it is such a wonderful thing to support them.

The Thompsons said...

Such an adorable quilt- I love the color combos.

Kristen said...

I love this quilt! So sophisticated in those neutrals!

Kate said...

Interesting colors. Makes a very striking quilt for a very good cause.

snippetsandyarns said...

I LOVE these fabrics!! They are so perfect for this project!

~ Meagan

Rebecka said...

I love your quilt! Your irregular blocks are really fun! The quilting is beautiful. I would also like to know what kind of batting was used. Great stack of quilts!! :)

Kriza said...

it is an awesome quilt. I love the quilting, it must have taken you a long time to quilt is so beautifully. great work!
Kristina

Sandra said...

What a sweet simply charming quilt-great use of limited fabrics. Understand your concern, I've made 20" quilts with more that a hundred different fabrics but you rose to the challenge. Such a generous gift.
Thanks for visiting and commenting on both my blogs.

Kerry said...

The limited palette and fabrics works so well, hard to do but it concentrates the effect.