“Pick Up Sticks” Small Quilts

At a quilt retreat in September, Colleen demonstrated the “insert” style of improv piecing. We each made several blocks using 1″ strips and light green background squares. The plan was to make small quilts to put into Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes.”

Since the retreat, Colleen has trimmed the blocks to a uniform size and sewn them into three quilt tops. She passed them to me for machine quilting and binding. If you zoom in, you can see the quilting designs I chose: loops and meandering, “Paper Dolls” pantograph, and freehand contour echoing.

Each quilt measures about 36″ square, and we hope to roll each tightly, fitting it into an OCC box along with a small doll, dolly blanket (from more “Pick Up Sticks” blocks), hygiene items, and other small toys. It is our prayer that these group-made quilts bless children in need of comfort, joy, and the gospel of Christ.

6 thoughts on ““Pick Up Sticks” Small Quilts

  1. Hi, Aby! Hi
    Any chance you could teach that technique virtually? Or I could buy a pattern? What a fun thing!!
    Mary Ed
    Or I could make a quilt for your group?

  2. I love doing this sort of improv piecing, and I really like your little quilts! We have a yard square challenge in one of my guilds this year. Maybe I’ll do something like your quilts for that. Thanks for the inspiration!

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