For Charity

I set aside Wednesday morning of this past week to quilt 3 small quilt tops made by ladies in my quilt guild, the Tarheel Quilters Guild. Each year our guild gives quilts to the Veterans Administration Hospital and to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit of the city’s hospital. I’d like to show you pictures of the quilts since perhaps you are like me, always searching for simple yet interesting designs for charity quilts.

Dot made a Pinwheel quilt entirely of scraps. Isn’t it a fantastic string quilt? With variegated thread, I quilted a freehand, all-over spiral design to give an illusion of spinning pinwheels.


Cindy made the simple yet colorful quilt pictured below. The quilt design was published several years ago by McCall’s Quick Quilts (May 2002 “Bear Hug” pg. 24). What a great use for a large scale theme print and a pack of tonal fat quarters! I can imagine a bandana for the center surrounded by cowboy themed fabric.


The quilting design is a freehand “ruffled question mark.” Again, I used variegated thread.

Question Mark quilting

Cindy also made a Nine Patch on point with colorful tone-on-tones. The inner border fabric of squares perfectly complements the quilt design. For the quilting design, I debated between meandering loops and freehand squares and rectangles. I decided the loops would soften the straight edges of all the squares and diamonds.


Of the three quilt designs pictured above, which are you most likely to try? Why? Personally, I’d like to try the giant Square in a Square; I have a large square of car/truck/bus fabric that I could surround with bright tonals.

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