Monday, July 16, 2012

100 Quilts for Kids

Swim, Bike, Quilt
Welcome to my stop on the 100 Quilts for Kids blog hop!

You all know about 100 Quilts for Kids, right? My friend Katie at Swim Bike Quilt and the D.C. Modern Quilt Guild co-host this annual charity quilt drive. It's really easy: Just make a quilt and donate it to a child in need, locally if possible. Then link up your quilt online for a chance to win some prizes. Katie has even announced a 100 Quilts Quilt-Along, with a really cool pattern to boot! What a rewarding way to use our skills and creativity, right?

Wrapped In Hope quilt
I've made several quilts for charity, but my favorite by far is this one, which I made for a 12-year-old girl named Alissa as part of the Wrapped In Hope program through Margaret's Hope Chest.

Wrapped In Hope is such a wonderful program—they provide quilts as birthday gifts for kids who have a parent in prison. Quilters can select a child from their list and make a quilt with that child's favorite colors and/or things. (There are still a few kids left on their 2012 list, including one whose birthday is coming up soon on September 5!)

Alissa liked dogs, horses, art, and the color blue—so I knew right away that I wanted to use Aneela Hoey's Sherbet Pips line for Alissa's quilt. The pattern is from Elizabeth's Sliced Coins Quilt-Along. It's quick and easy to make, and it's layer-cake-friendly, so if you're looking for a pattern for your 100 Quilts For Kids quilt, I highly recommend it! And I used my favorite easy-peasey quilting strategy—wavy lines, using my walking foot and my machine's decorative serpentine stitch.

Wrapped in Hope quilt - back
I hope Alissa is still enjoying this quilt today, even though her 13th birthday has now come and gone as well. And my fingers are crossed that Alissa's mom has finished serving her time and is back home with her daughter. Thirteen would be such a tough age to be apart from your mom!

Wrapped In Hope quilt
There are so many kids who could be helped by a quilt—sick and injured children at hospitals, traumatized or abused children like those helped by Project Linus, orphaned kids overseas like those helped by Wrap Them In Love, and the Wrapped in Hope kids with incarcerated parents. A charity kids' quilt doesn't have to be large or complicated or made from fancy fabric—it just has to be made with love. So are you ready for 100 Quilts for Kids? Let's turn out some quilts! Thank you to Katie for organizing it again this year!


Anonymous said...

When you quilted with the serpentine stitch did you use a walking foot? - NQuinn

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Thanks, Lee. Love the quilting on this quilt!

Lee said...

I sure did! You move the quilt straight and your machine does the wavy-line motion. It's super easy, I love it!

emedoodle said...

This is so beautiful!!

Katy Cameron said...

What a great charity to donate to, and a very suitable quilt for its recipient :o)

Cherie said...

That is a gorgeous quilt! What a great cause to make it for =D

Also I've added some new fabrics into my swap shop, as well as a new one via Flickr. If you're interested feel free to check them out =D

Ginny said...

What a super cute quilt, and how thoughtful of you in the fabrics and colors you used. Such a great cause!

April Reeves said...

I saw your post the day before I was to quilt my charity quilt for my local guild. That quilting strategy is genius and I love the look of it. I did it for mine and it went super fast, looks great, and best of all only threads to bury are when my bobbin ran out. My machine and walking foot on their own made the curves a lot more dense that I wanted. So I just pushed the quilt thru a little faster and it it turned out great. I also got a lot of variation though out depending on how fast I was pushing so it even looks free hand. Thanks so much.

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