Leanne has been a good online friend of mine for awhile. After the fire, I asked her if the residents might need quilts. She quickly came up with a plan and set out on a mission to provide a quilt for all 21 residents!
Leanne started a block drive to collect quilt blocks that could be assembled into quilts. The simple box block finishes at 10" (see her blog for how to make the block). This would allow for an arrangement of 6 blocks by 7 blocks to create a 60" x 70" finished throw size quilt. Each quilt would need 42 blocks. Multiply that by the 21 residents, and Leanne needed 882 quilt blocks!
I immediately committed to making one whole quilt. After just a couple days, Leanne had received enough commitments from quilters to exceed what was needed!! Be sure to watch her blog/Instagram/Facebook for updates on her efforts!
For my 42 blocks, I started with a fat quarter bundle of Rose Water Fabric by Tina Givens for Free Spirit fabrics. I won the fabric from Melissa at 100 Billion Stars, so it was the perfect opportunity to Pay It Forward!
The blocks came together quickly with chain piecing. I even figured out that if I used my automatic thread cutter on my Juki TL-2010Q in-between pieces, I could save even more time since I didn't have to cut the pieces apart with scissors!
For the back, I had a couple scraps of extra wide backing fabrics in my stash. They are a mottled tonal fabric from my local quilt shop. After sewing them together, they were the perfect length - by just a couple inches!
I used the leftover gray backing fabric to bind the quilt. Of course as soon as it was finished I found the pile of binding I had already made - all 23 yards of it! D'oh!
I printed a label onto white fabric with my ink jet printer. I ironed Heat-N-Bond to the back first, then printed on it just like I do paper. Then I ironed it onto the back of the quilt. I've done some minor testing of this method before, and it's not very colorfast. I'm sure it will fade with each washing. However, I really like the crisp look for the initial gifting, so I ignored my own warnings and did it anyway.
Now I just have to figure out how to mail a quilt to Canada! And I'll add my 23 yards of binding to the box! That will be enough to bind three more quilts!
This is my 13th quilt finish for the year!
Linking up with Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, TGIFF at Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner, and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.